It had to be a pretty lonely feeling for Luci Leblanc as she stood on the first tee of a playoff yesterday for the women's Ottawa Sun Scramble City Championship at the Chateau Cartier.
Leblanc's partner, Julie Cashaback, had to go to work after the regulation 18 holes, leaving Leblanc to battle on her own against Lise Jubinville and Brenda Pilon.
"It was my first competitive tournament. It was a little nerve-wracking," said Leblanc, who lost her tee shot out of bounds into the infamous tennis court along the first fairway. "Unfortunately, it got caught in the tennis net. It was quite entertaining."
That left Jubinville and Pilon to win the title in style, with a birdie, continuing their blazing finish, which saw them birdie the last three holes to tie Leblanc and Cashaback at 3-under 68 in the inaugural event.
Jubinville and Pilon, both members at the Carleton Golf and Yacht Club, shook up their batting order after a few holes and that got them on a roll.
They started out with Pilon teeing off first, letting the longer Jubinville hit cleanup.
"But that wasn't working so well and we changed," said Pilon.
On the playoff hole, Jubinville blasted one down to about 20 yards of the green on the short par-4 and they pitched it up to about six or seven feet for the winner.
"When I hit it bad, she hit it well," said Jubinville.
Alexandra Heyes and Alison Timlin finished third with an even-par 71.
In the Junior Open, Nathan Callighen and Brennan Smith, both 18, topped the 32-team field in the inaugural event with a 7-under 64, one shot better than John Holland and Riley Walsh.
Four teams tied for third: Cedrick Depatie and Yannick Gadoua; Maxime and Alexandre Marengere; Patrick Goodhue and Greg Holmes and Matt and Marc Rochette.
The Open B championship goes today at Le Sorcier.
McGee tops Class A:
Alan McGee of The Marshes, last year's runner-up, eagled the 18th hole at Eagle Creek for a 5-under 67 and a three-shot lead after the first round of the OVGA's City and District Class A championship.
Josh Cooper of Rideau View is in second spot after a 2-under 70 with Andrew Jensen of the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club and Roch Lalande of Outaouais at even-par.
The second round of the 54-hole tournament will be played today at Kanata.
Also yesterday, Greg Clarke of the Hunt aced the 192-yard eighth hole with a 4-iron.