‘Impressive’ scores at Dragonfly
RENFREW – Nick Catizzone and Derek Bayford sit alone atop the leaderboard after Round 1 of Ottawa Sun Scramble Absolute Comedy C Division play, but they’re also in no position to get comfortable.
Catizzone and Bayford fired a 3-under 69 at Dragonfly Golf Links Tuesday, one shot better than Joshua Moore and Matt Moore, and Mike Cerilli and Franco Crupi. Three other teams came in at 1-under while four were at even par.
Four of five teams at the plus-1 cutline survived a playoff to advance to Championship Saturday at Outaouais.
“That’s pretty impressive,” Dragonfly general manager Bill Rainboth said of the fact 15 of 56 teams scored 73 or better. “The golf course does have some generous hitting areas, but it also has some holes where it’s not hard to put up a bad number. So yeah, I’m nicely surprised the scores are as good as they are.”
Dragonfly was in tip-top shape for the Ottawa Sun Scramble, the city-wide two man scramble of which it has been a part of for four years. One of the true jewels of the valley, Dragonfly is a 19-year old Renfrew track that has been owned by retail construction magnate Terry McLaughlin for the past decade.
Being part of the Ottawa Sun Scramble gives the course some valuable exposure, said Rainboth.
“It brings people who wouldn’t play here otherwise to see our product, which we’re pretty proud of,” said Rainboth, who added that Dragonfly is having a “career year” despite the fact the season is a long way from being over. “We’re showing (McLaughlin) numbers that are making him happy. We’re adding to our membership, but we like to think that we market ourselves better than anybody in our immediate competition.
“Our mantra is ‘worth the drive’ and clearly, it seems to be paying off. People are coming up from the city, and if you check out the reviews on line, 95 percent of them are positive. It’s just music to our ears. People are recognizing the product.”