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Dreams Do Come True:
19th Tee Changes Hands
After John Fagan’s first shift in the pro shop at the 19 th Tee Driving
Range on Carling Avenue many years ago, he had indicated to owner
D’Arcy Boucher that some day he would like to own the business.
Well, flash forward to St. Patrick’s Day, 2013. On that day, John and
D’Arcy shook hands on a deal that would see the 19 th Tee change hands
after 36 years of operation by D’Arcy Boucher and his family.
D’Arcy isn’t planning to take on another job, but health permitting he
would like to play a little more golf than he has in the past couple of years.
“I’m glad John got it,” said Mr. Boucher referring to the 19 th Tee. “I wanted
someone that I knew well to purchase the 19 th Tee. John and I both know
the same people. I know the parents and John knows their children.”
The new owner, John Fagan, has a few more years left until retirement
from Canada Post and until then he has confidence in the current staff at
the 19 th Tee to look after his interests. James Paterson will manage the
operation for him and Ottawa PGA professionals Joe Dubinski and Gregg
Foley will look after the golf lessons. John is no stranger to the Ottawa
sports community. His dad worked for Howard Darwin out of the jewelry
shop on Wellington Street and John worked for the Ottawa 67’s and the
Ottawa Lynx. He is also a fair golfer having won the club championship at
the Pakenham Golf & Country Club.
John isn’t planning any major changes at the 19 th Tee. As he says, “In
the words of D’Arcy’s late brother Carroll, if it isn’t broke, why change
things? It’s all about family values at the 19 th Tee. We love seeing parents
who have hit balls, taken lessons and played golf on the mini-putt course
through the years bringing their children in.”
The 19 th Tee is a golf institution in the west end of the City of Ottawa. It
was originally known as the Westlake Golf Centre and run by Lyn Stewart
and Harry Mulligan. In 1959 the NCC purchased the land and leased
the property to Earl Stimpson. Mr. Stimpson sold the operation to D’Arcy
Boucher, Carroll Boucher and Ottawa sportswriter Eddie McCabe in 1976.
In D’Arcy Boucher’s profile story in the June, 2011 issue of Flagstick
Golf Magazine we talked about the 19 th Tee. “If only the driving mats and
grass areas could talk. What a story they could tell about the thousands
of golfers who have dropped in to talk, hit balls and take lessons from the
on-site CPGA (now PGA of Canada) professionals.”
It looks like the 19 th Tee is in good hands under its new ownership and
its traditions will continue for many years to come.
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John Fagan (left) who once worked at the 19th Tee, is the new owner,
taking the reigns from long-time operator D’Arcy Boucher (right).