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Serge Giroux Golf Dream Classic to fly two boys to Disney World

Andrew Donaldson (left) The Marshes director of golf operations, greets Gregg Foley of the 19th Tee at the sign-in area.
Andrew Donaldson (left) The Marshes director of golf operations, greets Gregg Foley of the 19th Tee at the sign-in area.
Ron Patey

The Marshes Golf Club played host to more than 100 golfers on May 29 when pros and amateurs went birdie hunting in the Scotiabank Serge Giroux Golf Dream Classic.

The Marshes Golf Club was the site of the Serge Giroux Golf Dream Classic.
The Marshes Golf Club was the site of the Serge Giroux Golf Dream Classic.
Ron Patey

The event is a PGA of Ottawa initiative in partnership with community businesses that grants Golf Dreams to children with serious, life-threatening illnesses. This year’s classic is sending two children and their families to Disney World in late October.

The children receiving special Disney treatment during their stay in Orlando this fall are Ian Carino and Ian Reid. They’ll play Disney Golf, visit several Orlando theme parks and attend a special showing of Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba. The boys will also get to meet the spectacular show’s artists.

Since 2000, 35 children and their families have been recipients of the Golf Dream. This wouldn’t have been possible without the involvement of the classic’s key sponsors, including Scotiabank (Frank Bilodeau, Ottawa/Outaouais Region), Snelling (Randy Graham), Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates (Peter Clark), Royal LePage Team Gale (Kent Browne), Car Canada (Jonathan Donaldson) and the PGA of Ottawa golf professionals.

The classic’s namesake, Serge Giroux, was the first candidate who travelled to Orlando for the Golf Dream. Serge had a big personality, a great sense of humour, and a tremendous passion for life. He passed away shortly after his trip due to complications from his illness, however, his spirit lives on through this event.

Here are the top players in the 2014 Scotiabank Serge Giroux Golf Classic

Professionals

T1 John Kelly, 73

T1 Graham Gunn, 73

T1 Chris Bernard, 73

T2 Marc Foucault, 74

T2 Mike Dagenais, 74

T2 Bob Flaro, 74

T2 Kevin Haime, 74

T3 Alex Rousseau, 77

T3 Brad Smith, 77

T3 Dave McDonald, 77

The winning amateur team included Rob Knights, Graham Jones, Jacques Robert and Steve Guenette. They shot a 16-under 56.