September 9, 2020 Newsletter
I am quite certain everyone would agree this year has been one like no other since the Club’s beginnings. We went from a potential course shutdown to holding club championships albeit in rather uncommon formats.
It has been said many times that volunteerism is one of the strongest assets of our Club. I would add adaptability, creativity and innovation, as traits that particularly stood out during a rather exceptional summer.
When we were finally allowed to open up the course, we needed to do so under strict protocols. We needed to adapt guidelines to our Club, from implementing an enormously successful automated tee-time reservation system (will we ever go back?), flags with cup raisers, hand sanitizing stations, etc. Our Captains had their hands full adapting these protocols to the various tournaments. Based on a recommendation from our very own Dr. Boucher (aka Gilbert) a COVID Cell Committee was created to be able to quickly react to ever-changing conditions.
The quilt “event” and ensuing “quiltilla” was wildly successful. It raised more than double the amount of money ever raised. It also showed that if you wanted a chance to win, you needed to buy your ticket on Boyd Lake.
And because we didn’t have enough challenges this year, the much anticipated Clubhouse renovation began late in the season with a crew of volunteers hard at work salvaging what could be re-used prior to the structural improvement work taking place.
On behalf of our entire membership, I would like to sincerely thank all of the volunteers for their outstanding efforts in making all of this happen. Attempting to name everyone would be a daunting task.
To all of the membership, thank you for your patience, as we navigated through uncharted territory.
I would like to remind everyone that though the starter shack is now closed for the season, COVID protocols are still in place for those who wish to play golf. Therefore, I would ask our membership to continue to make tee time reservations.
Please note the water has been disconnected, and the washrooms at the Clubhouse are closed. A portable toilet is available for use by members/guests and workers. There could be construction hazards and construction equipment operating around the Clubhouse, so please observe signage and be careful when circulating in the area.
Should you have any questions or concerns in the off-season, please feel free to reach out to me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pierre Demers, President
Message du Président
Je suis certain que tout le monde sera d'accord pour dire que cette année a été une année sans précédent depuis la création du Club. Nous sommes passés d'un arrêt potentiel de jeu à l'organisation de championnats de club, bien qu'en utilisant des formats plutôt inhabituels.
Il a été dit à maintes reprises que le bénévolat est l'un des atouts les plus forts de notre club. J'ajouterais l'adaptabilité, la créativité et l'innovation comme des traits qui se sont particulièrement distingués au cours d'un été plutôt exceptionnel.
Lorsque nous avons enfin été autorisés à ouvrir le parcours, nous avons dû le faire selon des protocoles stricts. Nous avons dû adapter les directives à notre club, de la mise en place d'un système de réservation automatisé des départs qui a connu un énorme succès (y retournerons-nous un jour ?), aux drapeaux avec des coupes levantes, aux stations de désinfection des mains, etc. Nos capitaines ont eu fort à faire pour adapter ces protocoles aux différents tournois. Sur la base d'une recommandation de notre propre Dr Boucher (alias Gilbert), un comité COVID a été créé afin de pouvoir réagir rapidement à des conditions en constante évolution.
L'événement "courte-pointe" et "quiltilla" a été un vif succès. Il a permis de récolter plus du double de la somme d'argent qui n'avait jamais été collectée auparavant. Il a également montré que si vous vouliez avoir une chance de gagner, vous deviez acheter votre billet sur le lac Boyd.
Et comme nous n'avons pas eu assez de défis à relever cette année, la rénovation très attendue du Clubhouse a commencé en fin de saison avec une équipe de bénévoles qui ont travaillé intensivement pour récupérer ce qui pouvait être réutilisé avant que les travaux d'amélioration de la structure n'aient lieu.
Au nom de tous nos membres, je tiens à remercier sincèrement tous les bénévoles pour les efforts exceptionnels qu'ils ont déployés afin que tout cela se réalise. Tenter de nommer tout le monde impliqué serait une tâche redoutable.
À tous les membres, merci de votre patience alors que nous naviguons en territoire inconnu.
J'aimerais rappeler à tous que, bien que la cabane de départ soit maintenant fermée pour la saison, les protocoles COVID sont toujours en place pour ceux qui souhaitent jouer. C'est pourquoi je demande à nos membres de continuer à faire des réservations en ligne lorsqu'ils prévoient de jouer au golf.
Veuillez noter que l'eau a été coupée et que les toilettes du Clubhouse sont fermées. Des toilettes portables sont à la disposition des membres/invités et des travailleurs. Il pourrait y avoir de la construction ou des équipements de construction en fonctionnement autour du Clubhouse. Veuillez observer la signalisation et soyez vigilants.
Pierre Demers, Président
Match and Handicap
Thanks to all our DCC members both new and old who competed in and volunteered for our many tournaments. It was fantastic to see so many players this year. The DCC is the heart of our community and great to see all the support.
It's been a crazy year and without the help of my fellow captains including Barb Campbell, Ladies Captain, Trudy Adams, Junior Captain, Peter Wright the Men's Captain as well as the incoming Club Captain, Assistant Club Captain Tracy Wynn, none of this would have been possible. Putting the entire DCC online was a daunting task affecting every area of the Club especially our tournaments. I have to thank our Starters Nicole Adams, Luke Wightman and Juliette Hay who, under Cat Spaulding's direction, rose to the occasion. Thanks to Sergio Mastronardi for his patience as he helped us begin the transition over to digital online access with great success.
Thanks to the DCC COVID-19 Committee for organizing our protocols and keeping us all healthy and safe this summer.
Thanks to our reduced Greens crew Chris Hart, Rhys Berry and Owen Morton who, working with Alan Morton, put in many extra hours keeping us all on the course.
Thanks to the DCC Match and Handicap Committee for all the great advice and encouragement this difficult year. They are truly a wise and thoughtful group.
Here is our final local rule of 2020 concerning the orange fence around the clubhouse.
"The area defined by the orange fence on holes #7 and #9 is a no play zone that is to be treated as an abnormal course condition (Rule 16.1f). If a ball comes to rest inside the fence or the fence interferes with your stance or the intended area of your swing, you may drop your ball within one club length of the nearest point of complete relief, no closer to the hole, without penalty (Rule 16.1b)
Time to throw a log on fire, enjoy the cool fall weather and get out on the course and play a few rounds.
Chrys Tindale, Club Captain
The DCC 2020 Ross Leslie Prizegiving Results
Raguin Leslie June 27
1st Low Net: Angie Macleod - 1 Glass 1 sleeve
2nd Low Net: Jeff Adams - 1 Sleeve
1st Low Gross Men: Jeff Best - 1 Sleeve
2nd Low Gross Ladies: Angie Macleod - 1 Sleeve
no longest drive
no closest to the pin
Husband and Wife - July 4
1st: Maureen and Jim Cameron - 2 Glasses 2 Sleeves
2nd: Barb and Rod Armstrong - 2 Sleeves
Parent and Child +16 July 18
1st : Kevin and Debbie Havill - 2 Glasses 2 Sleeves
2nd: Mark and Andre Therrien - 2 Sleeves
Parent and Child -16 July 19
1st: Tate and Tim Wightman - 1 Glass 1 Sleeve
2nd Aidan de Vries Cruise and Sape de Vries - 2 Sleeves
1st : Jim Finch - 2 Glasses 1 Sleeve
2nd: Gilbert Boucher - 1Sleeve
Men’s Best Ball Jubilee Cup
1st: Jeff Best Paul MacDougal - 2 Glasses 2 Sleeves
2nd: Ray Lee Andy Therrien - 2 Sleeves
Men’s Club Championships
1st: Kevin Carter - 2 Glasses 1 Sleeve
2nd: Rob Campbell & Manuel Cote - 1 Sleeve
1st: Peter Curtain - 2 Glasses 1 Sleeve
2nd: Chris Wynn - 1 Sleeve
1st: Jim Finch - 2 Glasses 1 Sleeve
2nd: Scott Ritchie & Jeff Adams & Sergio Mastronardi - 1 Sleeve
1st: Rob Ryan - 2 Glasses 1 Sleeve
2nd: John Roach - 1 Sleeve
Senior Club Championships
Low Net “The Loon”d
1st: Dorothy Hadley - 2 Glasses 1 Sleeve
2nd: Francois Cote - 1 Sleeve
Ladies Low Gross “The Crystal Cup”
1st: Annabelle Wood - 1 Glass 1 Sleeve
2nd: Mary Sutherland - 1 Sleeve
Mens Low Gross “The Don Armstrong Cup”
1st: Jeff Best - 1 Glass 1 Sleeve
2nd: Don Sutherland - 1 Sleeve
1st: Mitch Azaria - 1 Glass 1 Sleeve
2nd: Duncan Campbell - 1 Sleeve
1st: Dianne Vanstone - 1 Glass 1 Sleeve
2nd: Lynn Palmer - 1 Sleeve
Low Gross Ladies:
1st: Dianne Vanstone - 1 Sleeve
2nd: Barb Campbell - 1 Sleeve
Low Gross Mens:
1st: Don Sutherland - 1 Sleeve
2nd: Jeff Best - 1 Sleeve
No Longest Drive
No Closest to the Pin
Fred McCracken Trophy – 2020 Five Lakes Tournament
Curran Lake low net 281 - 6 sleeves
Wendy Castator 63
Jeff Best 68
Mark Therrien 73
Curtis Ryan, John Vanstone, Ev Wood 77
Dan Main Shield
Jeff Best & Joan Gale
A: Jeff Best Mark Mcleod 25 Gross - 1 Sleeve
B: Paul MacDougal 30 Gross - 1 Sleeve
C: Jeff Adams 35 Gross - 1 Sleeve
5-Lakes 2019 Champions
LADIES PRIZEGIVING 2020
2020 Winners – Ringers
Class A: Barb Campbell (32)
Class B: Trudy Adams (33)
Class C: Isobel St Georges (41)
Class D: Lyne Chouinard and Becky Thompson (Tie) (42)
2020 Winners – Play for Points Competition
Winner: Barb Campbell (21.5 points)
Runner-Up: Val McNicholl (17 points)
Winner: Cathy Leslie (17 points)
Runner-Up: Dianne Vanstone (15.5 points)
Winner: Isobel St. Georges (17 points)
Runner-Up: Sharon Leslie (14 points)
Winner: Lyne Chouinard (24 points)
Runner-Up: Peggy Carroll (21.83 points)
MOST IMPROVED GOLFER:
Winner: SHELLEY CRUISE
THE DUNANY IMP:
Runners-up:BARB CAMPBELL & MARY SUTHERLAND
MARGARET MUSSELLS TROPHY (Four Ball Match Play)
Winners:INGRID GRATZ AND JUDY HAMMOND
Runners-up:DOROTHY HADLEY AND PEGGY CARROLL
PRESIDENT’S PRIZE: (for Hdcp’s 0-31)
CAPTAIN’S PRIZE: (for Hdcp’s 32-44)
Winner: CAREEN LATT
Runner-up: BONNIE CURTIN
LADIES CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP:
Class A: The Kit McRobie Trophy:
3rd place: Tracy Wightman
Class B: The Havill Trophy:
Runners-up:DIANNE VANSTONE & SARAH WILSON
Class C: The Mabel Fitzgerald Trophy
Runner-up: ANNA ROBERTSON
Winner:BECKY THOMPSON (Low Net Winner)
Championship under 25: Palmer-Gordon Cup
Winner Mark McLeod
Runner-up Fin Wightman
Class A Girls Sutherland Cup
Winner Amy McLeod
Runner-up Nicole Adams
Winner Harry Ritchie
Runner-up Thomas Edey
Class B Girls
Winner Jilliane Edey
Winner Emma Taylor
Runner-up Elliot Boucher
Class C Girls
Winner Emma Taylor
Runner-up Elizabeth Boucher
Winner Kai Leakas
Runner-up Theo Finch
Winner Nicholas Finch
Runner-up Logan de Vries Cruise
Class E Girls
Winner Aubrey Leakas
Honourable mention Recreational category
(new golfer with no established handicap).
The summer of COVID golf will be one to remember! Our Junior Program overflowed with golfers, new and old. We welcomed many new families and also a new instructor to Dunany, John St-Denis. We reached capacity with 40 kids registered in lessons! We wish to thank Gilbert Boucher for overseeing the instructional component of the Junior Program. We played a number of fun golf games over 8 junior days and even had a mentorship day with a number of DCC junior alumni returning to assist with development. The season concluded with the Junior Club Championship and finally a game of monkey golf!
We would like to wish all families a safe return to school and best wishes this Fall/Winter.
Please remember that golf scores should be posted for all rounds played through the active season, which is April 15 through the end of October in Quebec. Juniors and new golfers develop quickly - it’s important for handicaps to be a true reflection of your ability in order to compete fairly.
The Junior Program is searching for a new Junior Golf Captain. After 5 years, with my support, Jeff is retiring from junior golf to focus on his own golf game and maybe even finish our cottage renos. If you would be interested in leading golf programming for Dunany juniors, please speak to one of us or get in touch with the DCC nominating committee.
Director, Junior Program
Although there have been no social activities this summer, members have still been very active in the Clubhouse! From packing up the kitchen and bar, removing those ‘treasured’ kitchen appliances, demolishing walls and ceilings (leaving some wildlife homeless!) to hand digging some foundation areas, members have answered the call.
Most of the preparation work has been completed and we are looking forward to the start of actual construction by our contractors this fall.
Many thanks to all of the members who volunteered, too numerous to mention at this time, who have given their time and talents to bring us to this stage of the project!
Tom Lowe, House Director
Ladies' Cocktail Quiltilla
In a true reflection of Dunany spirit, the 2020 Ladies’ Cocktail was re-invented into a collective of socially distanced flotillas on each of our lakes and connected through Zoom. Not even a world health pandemic could prevent our community from coming together in some way to celebrate this time-honoured tradition and raise a record-breaking $7,850! We wish to thank John Parsons for designing the “Water Shield” themed quilt, the volunteers who lovingly sewed the pieces together and the volunteers who planned the Quiltilla including the ticket sellers and lake hosts. Congratulations to the winner, Susan Steeves on Boyd Lake!
Please click on link to see June Parker’s Quiltilla photo gallery:
Golf really has rebounded this year during the COVID-19 pandemic and the DCC has finally hit our cap of 260 regular members for the first time in many, many years. We also added 10 new “test drive” members to our club who opted to try our course during the 2020 season. I will reach out to each of the test drive members in October to solicit their feedback regarding the course and their experiences playing golf in Dunany. I’m hoping those conversations will lead to interest in either Introductory or Regular membership for the 2021 season.
Historically, we do tend to lose members each year, while some members opt to move from Regular to Social status. I expect our Regular membership numbers will continue to move up and down around this 260 cap. In the next 2 years, our Membership Committee will be working on plans to grow our wait lists in our Introductory categories so we can move members into the Regular status as openings become available.
As you read in Trudy’s report, our Junior Program and those members with young families really thrived this year. Our goal is to ensure those young families want to engage with our club and our programs and see a future being part of our DCC family.
Any ideas you have to help us achieve our membership goals are welcome. Please call me at 613-858-0286 or drop me a line at I’d be happy share your insights with our Membership Committee as we prepare for the 2021 season. Cheers!
Michael Fehr, Past President
Have a safe and healthy winter and we look forward to seeing you back in Dunany next season!