Local golfers ready to chase national title

A quintet of local golfers will hit the links in Niagara Falls this weekend, vying not only for bragging rights as the Buick Scramble Canadian champs, but also the right to represent our country at the North American showdown in October.
Kitchen Creek pro Steve Wood will be joined by club members Andy Crook, Jon Dupuis, Bill Moody, and Alton Pollard at the one-day event, which features teams from coast to coast.
It’s the third-consecutive year Wood has taken a local squad to the annual event.
The actual competition is slated for Sunday, but Team Kitchen Creek will have a chance to get the nerves out—and learn a little bit more about the Battlefield Golf Course—in a practice round on Saturday.
They’ll be returning to Fort Frances on Monday, hopefully with the national championship trophy in tow, Wood said.
“It would be nice to win,” he remarked. “I know we’ll have a good time.”
The Canadian championship is a scramble tournament (each player hits a drive and then the team picks the best ball on subsequent shots and all play from that spot) that pits qualifiers from 12 different regions against one another in two formats—low net and low gross.
The Kitchen Creek quintet will compete in the low gross division, meaning individual handicaps are not taken into account.
Wood said Crook, Dupuis, Moody, and Pollard bring a good mix of strengths and skills. The group should have no problem hitting the long-ball off the tee, making accurate approach shots, or sinking putts, he added.
“I think we’ve got a good combination this year,” he remarked.
That certainly was evident at the Manitoba sectional tournament last month, where the locals fired a red-hot 57 to win the event and advance to the national finals.
They’ll need a similar score to be among the three groups invited to the North American championships, slated for Oct. 13-16 in Orlando, Fla.
The winner will be presented the North American championship trophy by Tiger Woods.