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Ottawa-Gatineau GolfExpo tees up season next weekend at EY Centre

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The air will be filled with more golf balls than ever during the 20th anniversary edition of the Ottawa-Gatineau GolfExpo at the Ernst and Young Centre from March 8-9.

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“There will be three simulators at the expo in addition to the five demo ranges, an instructional range courtesy of Mont-Cascades Golf Club and show-goers can hit balls at GolfZilla, a 15-foot high inflatable dinosaur, for a chance to win prizes,” said Carol Ann Campbell, the expo’s manager.

The simulator at the Executive Golf/Golf-O-Max exhibit will be the site of a closest-to-the pin contest and putting competitions throughout the expo are sure to draw plenty of participants.

The Ottawa Senators are playing a bigger role this year with an exciting and interactive exhibit area and there’s the chance for folks who buy their expo tickets online to score seats to a game at the Canadian Tire Centre. Team mascot Spartacat will be on-hand Saturday putting smiles on the faces of attendees and their kids.

“We are holding a draw for online purchasers of full price adult tickets by March 7 to win two tickets to see the Sens in action,” said Campbell. “The bonus grand prize will be the winner’s child going for a Zamboni ride at the game.”

The Seminar Stage will also be a hot spot when local instructor Kevin Haime gives tips on how to go lower, Todd Keirstead amazes with his trick shot repertoire and Flagstick magazine’s Scott MacLeod brings everyone up-to-date on the latest in equipment.

Campbell says the 2014 expo features more prizes, giveaways, interactive events, contests and specials than ever before.

“Our Eastern Ontario Red Book will be on sale at $20 off, a price we’ve never put out there before,” she said. “The savings amount to hundreds of dollars at local courses for only $30.”

Parents are invited to bring their children to the Kids’ Zone. This unique area is designed to keep the kids busy for hours having fun with representatives from the Golf Association of Ontario. Everyone can hit balls in the Kids’ Range as they zero in on targets, play putting games and check out the many other features.

Ottawa-Gatineau GolfExpo hours and parking:

  • March 8: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • March 9: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • The EY Centre has on-site paid parking. The cost is a flat fee of $7 per vehicle.

The Ernst and Young Centre is located at 4899 Uplands Dr. For ticket information and to purchase online, visit http://ottawa.golfexpos.ca/tickets

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