Players tee up plenty of fun at annual networking golf tourney

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Golfers take part in Ottawa's Best Networking Golf Tournament hosted by OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade on Monday at the Camelot Golf and Country Club. Photo by Mark Holleron

With the leisurely summer season winding down, Ottawa’s business community got back into the swing of networking in a big way on Monday.

OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade hosted Ottawa’s annual Best Networking Golf Tournament at the Camelot Golf and Country Club, attracting a sold-out contingent of 144 golfers. 

It was the first time the decade-old event was staged at Camelot, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

COVID protocols prevented organizers from having a shotgun start; instead, a “cross-over format” was used, with golf foursomes teeing off every few minutes at the first and 10th holes.

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Participants were all smiles at Monday's tournament at the Camelot Golf and Country Club. Photo by Mark Holleron
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A golfer putts during Monday's tournament. Photo by Mark Holleron

Among the notable business leaders who attended were past Forty Under 40 recipients Pascal St-Jean, a chair at TEC Canada and principal at STAND Advisors; Allan Reesor-McDowell, executive director of Matthew House, which helps furnish homes for refugees; Patrick McGarry, chief operating officer and funeral director at Hulse, Playfair & McGarry Funeral and Cremation Services; Keynote Search CEO James Baker, COO Brad Ezard and VP of marketing Kyle Turk; Matt Carr of Gifford Carr Insurance Group; and architect Andrew Reeves of Linebox Studio, who golfed and sponsored a hole.

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A golfer admires his tee shot during Ottawa's Best Networking Golf Tournament on Monday. Photo by Mark Holleron
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Players were all business while they were navigating the greens at the Camelot Golf and Country Club. Photo by Mark Holleron

Other prominent attendees included La Cite college president Lise Bourgeois and Paul Guindon, CEO of Commissionaires Ottawa.

Welch LLP managing partner Jim McConnery hosted a post-round reception on the patio at Camelot’s clubhouse. Dozens of golfers enjoyed cold beers, cocktails and boxed dinners, but mostly they were just happy to reconnect after nearly 18 months of being apart due to the pandemic.