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Golf: Women celebrate ‘retiring’ Ricky

Ricky Watson likes to quietly go about his job as associate pro at Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club – and always shuns the limelight.

He couldn't escape it on Tuesday afternoon, however, as members of the club's 9 and 18 hole women's leagues took the opportunity to share their appreciation for his help and hard work.

The women feted him on the first tee with a gift presentation, a ton of thank yous and some warm words.

Watson, one of the longest-serving employees of the club, is “retiring” to take up a career in real estate sales.

One of the most talented golfers ever to come out of NOTL, he has been a fixture at the club since he was 13. Now, 18 years later, he's decided to pursue other interests and maybe eventually resume competing as an amateur. 

He departs the club on Oct. 12 and plans to embark on his real estate career in the new year.


Ted Carmichael and Warren Tutton were two of the big winners in the final week of men's league seasonal competition last Thursday.

Carmichael shot an even-par 36 to tie for low gross with multi-time club champ Mark Derbyshire. Tutton was the only golfer to birdie the second hole and won a $50 net skin as well as the entire $130 gross skin prize money.

And Carmichael was second in modified Stableford scoring, accruing 21 points, one behind Ken Burr. Three players tied for third, with 20 points: Harry Huizer, Tom Elltoft and Lou Puglisi.

Other net skin winners were Burr (#3), Bill Smith (#5) and John Wiens (#6). Closest to the pin shooters were Jim McMacken (#4) and Rick Janes (#9).

Carmichael also won low gross honours, shooting 40 in WOOFs league play on Sept. 21. Tom Wiley won low net (36).

Ken Willms had the shot of the day with a pure eagle 3 on the par-5 third hole. Drew Porter was closest to the pin on #4 and Peter Warrack won $55 in the 50/50 draw.

The WOOFs league members are gearing up for their closing scramble, scheduled for Oct. 5.


Lisa Allen was low gross winner in the 18 hole women's league on Sept. 21, with an 88. Yolanda Henry was second with 90, and Margot Richardson and Susan Gagne shot 92.

Low net winner was Janice White (69), followed by Gagne (72), and Richardson and Allen (73). Henry chipped in for a birdie on the par-3 13th hole.


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