And four for the Menard family to the Duke of Kent!
The Ménard family now claims four trophies at the prestigious Duc de Kent tournament that ended yesterday with the victory of Émile (Pinegrove), his second, while his brother Raoul also has two titles.
A round of 69 and 70 for 139, five under par, allowed Émile to beat Étienne Papineau (Pinegrove), Jean-Guy Garnier (Royal Quebec) and Antoine Sale (Rivermead) by two strokes.
The fight was tight all day, especially as Etienne Papineau had a second round of 66, the best of the contingent, which allowed him to record a total of 141 and keep an open door on the championship.
A whole show
As for Ménard and Sale, playing in the same group with Jérémie Marquis (Grand Portneuf), they gave a whole show. “I knew I was able to win,” said the winner. I have had good results in the last few weeks and I arrived at the tournament with full confidence. My youngest, Étienne Champagne, my best friend since high school, has been a great asset. ”
Not always easy to take the last start in the role of the leader. “I would say that I had good stress. It was exciting to perform in front of my parents, my brother Raoul, my girlfriend, my friends. ”
Emile Ménard has known that 13 e hole Stephen Papineau had displayed a score of six below normal for the second round. “The important thing for me was to look at Antoine’s score (Dirty). He played very well and his game kept me in the game. But the important thing for me was that I play my round well. ”
Both players have exchanged the head a few times, until the 12 th hole when Anthony took three putts for a double bogey. He put it back to the next hole with three more putts, this time for a bogey.
“It was a difficult transition, but I’m not disappointed with my game. Besides, I am taken me to 14 th when I eagled with a long roll. Subsequently, I was unlucky on rolls that touched the cup without entering. I am proud of myself. Certainly my brother Julien [winner of the Duke of Kent last year] will tease me, but it will be friendly. ”
The player affiliated with the Rivermead club, in Outaouais, puts a lot on the short game. “It’s my strength, the little game, and on the greens, it’s going very well too. I am able to place my ball well. I have to take advantage of it. ”
Author of the best round of the tournament with a 66, six under the normal, Étienne Papineau was proud of this score. “I was more rested today and especially more patient than I was the day before. I had a good first nine with four under par. Then I bogeyed the 10 th , I missed birdies the 11 th and 12 th and I became a little tense. In the 13 th , I took three putts for another bogey. I got myself together later with a birdie on the 16 th , an eagle at 17 th and another birdie on the 18 th . ”
A WELL DESERTED TROPHY
Jean-Guy Garnier fully enjoyed his moment by receiving the André-Gagné trophy awarded to the player from the Quebec City region who obtained the highest cumulative score at the Duc de Kent tournament.
Rounds of 71 and 70 for the golfer of the Royal Quebec allowed him to obtain a total result of 141, three shots under the normal. And a second place tied with Étienne Papineau and Brandon White. “I’m really proud to win this trophy created in honor of a golf legend at Royal Quebec. And I am particularly happy with my tournament. ”
The 60-year-old jokingly mentioned that he almost went through the locker room to dye his hair before receiving his trophy. “I lived with young people and I felt a lot older. But I had a lot of fun playing with them. ”
Two years ago, Jean-Guy Garnier, who works in the world of finance, played in the company of Émile Ménard, the winner this year, in the last group.
“It’s a great achievement that I managed, at my age. My great pride in this tournament is to have played two rounds below normal. My game was constant. ”
Member for two years at the Royal Quebec club, Jean-Guy Garnier was attached to the Lévis club before.
“André Gagné’s reputation is second to none anywhere in Quebec and it is a great honor to have the trophy that bears his name. Although I have not been here for a long time, I’ve met him a few times and he always made a good impression. ”
André Gagné was unable to go to the Royal Quebec Club for the presentation of the trophy that bears his name because of a health problem. However, he asked that we congratulate the winner and greet everyone.