Hugo Denis Makes a Comeback in the Playoff


Hugo Denis winner of the Alexander of Tunis

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Manotick (Ont.), June 28, 2022 – Hugo Denis (Summerlea) capped off a spectacular comeback with a win on the second extra hole Tuesday at Rideau View Golf Club in Manotick, Ontario, where the Alexandre de Tunis, presented in collaboration with belairdirect, was being played. The young golfer shot two pars to defeat Justin Fedele, also of Summerlea, and capture his first amateur title.

The task at hand was daunting for Hugo Denis, who was four shots off the lead going into the second and final round of the event. But he started the day on a high note, taking four strokes off par on the front nine. He followed that up with an eagle on the tenth hole, which later allowed him to close out the tournament with a cumulative -5 (139) good for the provisional lead.

“I went into the round wanting to do my best, just hoping to make a top-10. I knew I had a lot of ground to make up, so I took it hole by hole, and it went really well,” said the author of a round of 66 (-6), who had to wait for the arrival of the six groups of leaders before getting back into action.

He then found Fedele on the par-5, 507-yard 18th hole with the firm intention of finishing the day in style. After a first round that failed to crown a winner, the two opponents found themselves back on the same tee again, and this time Denis got the best of his rival by making par.

“It was my second playoff ever, so I knew a little bit more about how to handle it,” he continued. I didn't play my best golf, but I got away with two pars. It wasn't anything special, but it was enough to win, and that's what counts.

Hugo Denis, who had already won two junior tournaments on the Québec tour, was able to celebrate his first amateur triumph, a moment he will not soon forget.

"Winning a tournament like this is really something big! It's a completely different level from the junior level and the calibre is very high. When you see the names on the trophy, it's quite impressive and I'm very happy with this victory," he concluded.

Ryan Sevigny (Eagle Creek Golf Club), Jean-Philippe Parr (Ki-8-Eb), and Olivier Ménard (Summerlea) rounded out the top-3 of this event's 73rd edition, all finishing with a cumulative score of -3 (141).

Antoine Gaudet (Montcalm) and Jean Bilodeau (Boucherville), who finished at -3 (69) after Monday's first round, were unable to stay in the hunt for the title on the second day of competition. They respectively placed 9th and 18th in the overall rankings, with scores of -1 (143) and +1 (145).

Defending champion Christopher Vandette (Summerlea) did not compete in the event, while 2020 winner Thomas Westfall (Camelot) could not make the cut at 70 and tie after the first round.

No less than 137 players gathered this year to compete in the "Tunis", the most prestigious of all amateur tournaments played in the Ottawa region and the first leg of the Men's Triple Crown. The Triple Crown will continue next week at the Royal Québec Golf Club, where the Duke of Kent will take place. Then, as tradition dictates, the third and final leg will be played at the Men's Provincial Amateur Championship at Summerlea, July 11-14.

It should be noted that no participant has managed to win all three Triple Crown tournaments since the creation of the Alexandre de Tunis in 1950. Only eleven players, some of them multiple times, have managed to win two of the three events in a single season.

Again, this year, the Triple Crown Order of Merit will serve to identify the Team Québec members who will compete in the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship, which will be held August 1-4, 2022, at Point Grey Golf & Country Club in Vancouver. Note that players who are part of the current year's National Amateur Team will automatically be members of the Québec team.

The Golf Québec team is now turning its attention to the ORORO Women's Championship of the PGA of Canada, which will begin on Wednesday at Golf Château-Bromont. No less than 16 Québec female golfers will be in attendance to try to win the Lorie Kane trophy at the end of the three rounds.

Many Thanks to Our Partners

In 2022, Golf Québec is proud to count on the collaboration of belairdirect for the presentation of the Men's and Women's Provincial Tours. In addition, the Golf Québec volunteers, referees, and employees will be dressed by adidas throughout the golf season. Competitors will not be forgotten as TaylorMade will supply them with the official TP5 and TP5X golf balls in the main provincial events.

About the Alexander of Tunis
Created in 1950, the "TUNIS" is the most prestigious amateur tournament held in the Ottawa Valley area. Through its history, many names were written more than once on that coveted trophy. With four victories, Graham Cooke of Summerlea shares the event’s record with Robbie Jackson of Royal Montreal who stands out of the crowd with his 4 consecutive titles won from 1973 to 1976.
One of the three most important Québec Golf Federation tournaments, the Alexander of Tunis composes the Men’s Triple Crown with the Duke of Kent and Men’s Provincial Amateur Championship. It is held on rotation by five host clubs: the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Rivermead Golf and Country Club, Rideau View Golf Club, and Camelot Golf and Country Club.
In 1950, the Governor General of Canada, Lord Alexander of Tunis, responded to a petition from Stuart Wotherspoon, President of the Royal Ottawa Golf Cub, and graciously agreed to become patron of this amateur tournament in order to promote the game of golf in Ottawa. In the intervening years, many prominent amateurs from the local area and throughout the province of Québec have participated in the event. Originally, the winner was assured a position on the Québec provincial four-man Willingdon Cup Team which competes against the other provinces at the national level during the Canadian Amateur. Since the early 2000s, this three-man team is now identified through the Men's Triple Crown Order of Merit.
The Tunis is managed on-site by the Ottawa Valley Golf Association (OVGA) which provides the Tournament Chairman and Chief Referee and establishes course length and pin placements for the two-day event. OVGA personnel also acts as rules officials, reception, starting and course marshals. 

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