‘What an awesome golf course:’ PGA Tour players tee it up at Ashburn for GOLFest

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Published on July 1, 2014
American PGA Tour player Gary Woodland hits out of the bunker for Team World on Monday for the RBC Canada Cup.
Contributed by Mona Ghiz

WINDSOR JUNCTION - A Canadian flag marked the 18th hole Monday at the new Ashburn Golf Club, as eight of the world’s top golfers completed the course nestled in Windsor Junction under idyllic early evening summer skies.

Team Canada fell to Team World at the inaugural RBC Canada Cup, just one of several events taking place this week in conjunction with GOLFest Nova Scotia.

Yet there was plenty of red and white pride to go around, with some spectators wearing maple-leaf speckled pants and umbrella hats, and others clapping enthusiastically for Team Canada golfers Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Adam Hadwin and Mike Weir.

Matt Kuchar, Trevor Immelman, Manuel Villegas and Gary Woodland represented Team World, in what was a PGA Tour star-studded event that had hundreds of fans filtering through clubhouse doors and filling the gallery at what’s referred to as Ashburn Golf Club’s “new course.”

“What an awesome golf course,” seven-time PGA Tour winner Kuchar told the crowd after his team was presented with the white-frosted trophy made by NovaScotian Crystal.

“We were commenting today … how much fun this was,” he said. “This was like a throwback to the old exhibitions.”

Although “it wasn’t a great day” for Weir and teammates, the 2003 Masters champion agreed “it was a great time (and a) great bunch of guys.”

Long-time Ashburn Golf Club members Pat Criddle, June O’Brien and Vi Quigley are thrilled to have some of the biggest names in golf teeing off in their own backyard.

“It’s kind of exciting to see all the pros,” Criddle said.

The ladies hoped to have hd the chance to rub elbows with some of the guys that hit the greens Monday.

“Oh yes, Kuchar naturally,” O’Brien said, inciting a round of giggles.

“This is great advertisement for our club,” Quigley said, pointing out that this week’s Nova Scotia Open, which runs Thursday through Sunday, will air on The Golf Channel.

GOLFest action also includes the Nova Scotia Open practice round on Tuesday and the Nova Scotia Open Pro-Am event Wednesday. The Nova Scotia Open is the only Web.com Tour event, a stepping stone on the road to the PGA Tour, in Canada this year.

“I think all the players are really going to enjoy the club,” Weir said of what’s in store for Web.com Tour golfers. “It’s a thrill to see all the young guys coming up the ranks.”

This week’s GOLFest will benefit both The Mike Weir Foundation and the QEII Foundation.

What’s on “fore” GOLFest

Tuesday – Nova Scotia Open Practice Round

Wednesday – Nova Scotia Open Pro-Am

Thursday – Nova Scotia Open (Round 1)

Friday  – Nova Scotia Open (Round 2)

Saturday  – Nova Scotia Open (Round 3)

Sunday – Nova Scotia Open (Final Round)

Fore more: www.GolfFestNovaScotia.com