Eagle Creek’s Sevigny wins OVGA match play championship

NAVAN – Eagle Creek’s Ryan Sevigny is having a great finish to the Ottawa Valley amateur golf season.

Yesterday (Aug. 5) Sevigny finished off two great days of golf taking home the Ottawa Valley Golf Association Match Play Championship.

The first two rounds of match play were played at the GreyHawk Golf Club in Navan in wet conditions – rain fell off and on throughout the day.

Ryan Sevigny rolled in to Eagle Creek yesterday with a very special friend riding shotgun. Courtesy Eagle Creek
Ryan Sevigny rolled in to Eagle Creek yesterday with a very special friend riding shotgun. Courtesy Eagle Creek

The match play championship began in 1939 originally hosted by the Ottawa District of the Province of Quebec Golf Association (PQGA) and from 1948 through 1980 by the Ottawa District Golf Association (ODGA). The Ottawa Valley Golf Association (OVGA) has hosted the event since 1981.

Sevigny had a tough first draw Tuesday (Aug. 4) but was able to defeat the 2019 match play champion Jordan Burwash four and two. Sevigny defeated Camelot’s Zachary Car two and one in the quarter final.

Sevigny would defeat the Carleton Golf and Yacht Club’s Jared Coyle Wednesday morning one up on the final hole of the semi-final.

Sevigny would face Carleton Golf and Yacht’s Robert Mustard in the finals and ended up winning four up with three holes to play for the championship.

Sevigny, a Stittsville native who trains and works out of the Eagle Creek Golf Club, has had quite a July on the men’s amateur circuit. On July 13 he won the OVGA men’s qualifier.

He finished second at the OVGA City and District Championship and second in the Golf Quebec Amateur Championship. The year before he was the 2019 OVGA City and District Champion and the winner of the 2019 Ottawa Sports Award for golfer of the year.

“It wasn’t easy with the competitors I faced and also the weather we played in”, Sevigny told Flagstick Magazine about his win. “I was able to grind it out and the OVGA’s Qualifying Format for the matches brought out some of the best players in the area. I just kept the ball in play. I really wasn’t making any big numbers during my matches. As for the rest of the year, I’m playing in the Flagstick Open, the Kent, the Tunis, the Spring Open and I’ve qualified for a spot in Golf Ontario’s Mid-Amateur at Loyalist Golf Club in September.”

Other local results

In women’s match play, Greensmere Golf Club’s Sherry Rodenkirch was defeated in the opening round by match play champion runner up Lise Jubinville. In senior men’s match play Greensmere’s Lyle Alexander lost three and two to match play runner up Ken Clark. Madawaska Golf Club’s Perry Freda defeated Phil Howlett three and two in the opening round, Phil Howlett three and two in the second round and Marc Bedard seven and six in the quarter final before losing in the semi final to eventual champion Ken Lafreniere.

In other OVGA news

Freda had a strong finish to the OVGA Class A Men’s City and District Championship.

After two days of competition at The Marshes Golf Club and Carleton Golf and Yacht Club the top 24 qualified for the final round at the Kanata Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, July 28. Freda was in the final group after a two-day score of one over (144). Freda would score an 80 on the final day and finish in third place.

Greensmere’s Joe Gamble (166-84-82) came second in the OVGA City and District B Class Championship.