History of 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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