2015 Was a Great Year for Golfers at Rideau View!

December 7 2015


The Rideau View Golf Club's deep and talented roster of players - from junior boys to senior women - hauled home more than a dozen titles at the city and provincial levels in 2015.

Among the best carrying the Rideau View flag, was Kristin Ranieri, who built on her breakthrough 2014 season with the Rideau View women's club championship and a regular place at the top of the leaderboard in other significant events.



It's a remarkable turn of events for Ranieri, who has circled back the last few years to embrace golf again after quitting the game as a teenager.

Growing up at the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club, she was a strong player. As she rolled through her teenage years, she attracted the attention of college coaches in the United States.

There were scholarship offers.

For many competitive players, that's the big step, right? For many, that's the goal, and a career in college golf is as good as it gets for many.

But rather than packing her bags, Ranieri packed it in. She was burned out.

"I just gave up golf completely. I had had enough. I rejected the scholarship offers I received. I didn't want to go down to the States," she said the other day. "I had had enough and said, 'no, this isn't the sport for me.'"

She walked away from golf for six years and she did the things people in their 20s do: embarked on a career, changed cities, fell in love.

Golf, once such a big part of her life, simply wasn't, which makes what she has accomplished the last couple of years on the golf course all the more remarkable.

Now 32, Ranieri has put together a resume that is the envy of many national capital region players.

It's a nice story, a story not unlike one owned by many of us, about how we've come to have a new relationship with the game.

Ranieri's golf rehab started one day in her mid-20s, as she thought about its value in the business world. Being a decent player can be an advantage in those circles.

"I figured I would regret it if I gave it up for too much longer. I went back out to see if I wanted to get back into golf, and after one game, I joined a club. It was that easy. It was that quick," she said.

"I look back and say that's a lot of years that I could have been working on my game but I don't know if I would have had the same passion for it that I have now, if I hadn't quit when I did."

Who knows how it could have turned out differently?

The way it has gone is pretty good: the reigning Rideau View Golf Club Ladies' champion, she proved her win in the OVGA City and District Championship last year was no fluke by finishing third this year.

She and partner Kate Burnett-Issacs won the Ladies Open at the Sun Scramble City Championship after a runner-up finish in 2014, and combined to win the OVGA Women's Ryder Cup in September.

She got 6 points as the anchor on Rideau View's winning team at the OVGA Intersectionals B Division, and a member of the Rideau View team that won the PGA Tour Canada's National Capital Open Pro-Am.

She finished second at the OVGA's Women's Tournament of Champions.

Oh, and that was after breaking her ankle in May, which cost her better than a month of the golf season.

"Because of that I'm super happy with the way things worked out," she said.

One of the great challenges in golf is breaking through your own 'grass' ceiling, moving from one comfort zone to another.

Ranieri had a big one last season when she proved to herself at the City and District that she could play with the best players in the region.

"That was my big thing, that nobody ever thought I was going to be the one to win it because I wasn't on the radar last year. That kind of pushed me forward. It was my first big win and I said okay, I can actually do this and I can compete at the level that I thought I could compete at," she said.

The key for her has been her mental game. She said she hardly practises at all; the improvement in her confidence and how she thinks about the game has been the biggest spur to her improvement.

"I realized really quickly there is always going to be a bad shot and likely more in a round," she said. "Sometimes it will happen on the first hole. Sometimes it will happen on the last hole, but if it doesn't happen, then I'm in the wrong career because I should be going pro and that's not happening."

That confidence has allowed her to shake off the inevitable calamities that befall us.

"Even if things aren't going well, I know that I can pull it together and get the game on track," she said. "I think that has been my biggest focus, getting mentally stable and secure for the round."

She also has the comfort of a dependable putting stroke, honed on Rideau View's fast and true greens. One of the reasons she joined Rideau View was the quality of the conditions and the consistently impeccable conditions.

"I know my putting is always going to be on. That's never a question. If I'm not hitting my driver well, I know I'm going to putt well. Just remembering that is what has kept me competitive and causes me never to give up when I'm playing," she said.

"One of the reasons I joined Rideau View is because everything is so consistent there. Once you learn to putt on something that is really fast and really true to what you are looking at, it just makes it easy when you go to another course because you've built yourself up to try and master the hard stuff.

"I wanted a course that was going to be consistent. I knew the conditions were going to be the same as they were yesterday. If I wasn't hitting it well off the fairway, it was something I was doing. Everything just lines up perfectly for my eye. I just love it."

She's also become happily engaged in Rideau View's vibrant community.

"The different games with a variety of different members, I don't think I've ever played with so many different people over the course of the year than I did this year. Everyone always wants to play and it's a very competitive club. No matter where you stand or how you play, everyone always wants to play for money. I always have to give strokes, but it's always fun," she said with a laugh.

"That's what I was always told about Rideau View, that you really did feel like it was a second home," said Ranieri. "You hear stuff like that all the time, but it really is true Rideau View. This year, it was so easy to say I'm going to golf, have a drink and go home, and all of a sudden it's eight hours later and you're still there! Everyone goes to golf and socialize and be part of that community."

The checklist for a successful golf experience for players like Ranieri looks like this:

An environment which allows all players, from recreational golfers to juniors to top competitors, to get the best out of their game.

A consistently well-conditioned golf course which, though the strength of its design, can provide the appropriate challenge for golfers of all abilities.

A strong sense of community built on a membership that shares a respect for the game's values, the satisfaction of good competition and the opportunity for a laugh, a drink and a good meal when it's done.

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The checklist for a successful golf experience for players like Ranieri looks like this:

An environment which allows all players, from recreational golfers to juniors to top competitors, to get the best out of their game.

A consistently well-conditioned golf course which, though the strength of its design, can provide the appropriate challenge for golfers of all abilities.

A strong sense of community built on a membership that shares a respect for the game's values, the satisfaction of good competition and the opportunity for a laugh, a drink and a good meal when it's done.

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2015 WINS

DEC 2014
Webdotcom TOUR Qualifying Medalist - Brad Fritsch

JUN 2015
OVGA Men's Match Play Championship - Chris Collins

JUL 2015
OVGA Men's A Intersectional Champions
OVGA Ladies' B Intersectionals Champions
Quebec Senior Women's Amateur (60+) - Susan Pearl

AUG 2015
OVGA Ethel Ferguson tournament - Susan Phillips, Edwina Legere, and Lorelei Reid
OVGA Women's City & District - Lyne Leclerc - Division 1 Low Net
OVGA Women's City & District - Sandra Chisholm - Low Gross Division 2
OVGA Mina Denison Shield Low Team - Susan Pearl, Lyne Leclerc, Monica Bialik and Sandra Chisholm
RVGC Men's Club Champion - Mark Mackay
RVGC Ladies' Club Champion - Kristin Ranieri
RVGC Men's Sr Club Champion - Bill Holzman
RVGC Ladies' Sr Club Champion - Sandra Chisholm
RVGC Boy's Junior Club Champion - Griffin Jones
RVGC Girl's Junior Club Champion - Julia Malone
PGA Quebec Tour Canada Cup - Lee Curry
Camelot GC Pro-Am - Lee Curry
PGA Canada TOUR National Capital Open Pro-Am - Mark Mackay, Kristin Ranieri, Dale Richardson, Julia Malone and Lee Curry
Ottawa Sun Scramble Women's Champions - Kristin Ranieri and Kate Burnett-Isaacs
OVGA Junior Intersectional Champions

SEP 2015
OVGA Women's Ryder Cup - Kristin Ranieri and Kate Burnett-Isaacs
OVGA Men's Tournament of Champions - Mark Mackay finished 2nd
OVGA Women's Tournament of Champions - Kristin Ranieri finished 2nd

OCT 2015
National Capital High School Boys' Golf Championship - Griffin Jones
National Capital High School Girls' Golf Championship - Julia Malone

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