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Al Jensen Jr. Wins Military Championship On Familiar Turf
Teams representing thirteen countries were represented at Hylands Golf an honour to compete in a sport event at home, but please remember those
Club for the 5th World Military Golf Championships from August 19 – 22, fighting for our freedom around the world.”
2008. The participating countries were Bahrain, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, Throughout the week, the joy of participation was evident in the faces of
Germany, Ireland, Italy, Namibia, Netherlands, Republic of South Africa, the spectators and participants crowded around the 18th green each day.
Spain, United States and Zambia. Every group, no matter what countries they represented, were applauded at
Championship festivities commenced on the Monday with a full military the conclusion of their play for the day. This show of comradeship epitomized
dress parade of the competitors. General Waly Natynczyk, Chief of the the ideals as encapsulated in the CISM motto – “FRIENDSHIP THROUGH
Canadian Defence Staff, welcomed the participants to Ottawa and wished SPORT.” Conseil International du Sport Militaire – International Military
them well in their golfing endeavours. “Sports are a fundamental element of the Sports Council (CISM), is an international military sports organization founded
Canadian Forces and they reflect skills and attributes such as perseverance, in 1948 that is open to all nations.
training, teamwork and discipline characteristics that define our Canadian Closing out the week, an awards parade was held to pass out the individual
Forces and reflect our culture of excellence.” and team medals for the week. At the wrap-up banquet, The Fair Play Award
Throughout the week, participants played the North course at Hylands with was given to the Republic of South Africa; The Mission Participation In Competition
the only change being the finish on the 18th hole of the South Course for Award was given to the United States and Tournament Organizer Bob Daunais,
spectator appeal and convenience of scoring. from the Hylands Golf Club, was awarded a Medal of Honour from CISM -
Kieran Kennedy from Ireland finished the low medallist on the week with his
four round total score of 289 (73/71/
73/72). Tied for second place was
United States team members Ryan
King, Jon Hanner and Mike Batten
with score of 291. Fourth place went
to John Little from the United States
with his total score of 293 and
rounding out the top five was
Denmark’s K. Mejnert at 294.
Senior (Age 40+) medallist
honours, with his four round total
score of 291 (71/73/76/71), was
won by Canada’s Al Jensen. Al
definitely had the home course
advantage, as he grew up on the
course under the tutelage of his
father Al Jensen Sr. who was head
professional at Hylands Golf Club.
Mark Gardiner, from the United
States, finished in second place
with his total score of 295, followed
by Bahrain’s H. Farhan and his
score of 298. Canada’s Tony
Stuckless (300) and Ireland’s John
Bates (306) rounded out 4th and
5th positions. Mark Gardiner
started his week on the right footing
with a 7 iron strike of his ball into
the cup for a hole in one on the 185
yard – 14th hole.
Senior winner, Al Jensen Jr. from
Linda Jeffrey, from the United
Ottawa stares down a shot enroute to
States team, won her third
his championship.
consecutive ladies championship
with her total score of 305 (81/73/77/74). The Republic of South Africa’s Karin
Watts (323) finished 2nd, followed in third place by Canadian Team and Hylands
member Chantal Belley with her four-round score of 328.
Canadian Team Members, on the final day of competition, were decked out
in their red team shirts with “Support Our Troops” hats and cap pins. Canadian
competitors also passed out Support Our Troops cap pins to their opponents.
This gesture was more than appropriate, as news had been received the
previous day that three more Canadian Soldiers had lost their lives in
Afghanistan. Al Jensen had commented earlier in the day, “It’s always fun and
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