Four golfers get surprise trip to Glen Abbey ahead of Canadian Open

WATCH ABOVE: Four golfers were whisked away from their local Ottawa golf course for a once in a lifetime golfing experience. The foursome was flown to Glen Abbey golf course in Oakville, Ont. for a VIP experience, after being told they had lost their tee time in Ottawa. Rob Leth has the story.

TORONTO — Four golfing buddies got the surprise of a lifetime after a local golf course in Ottawa turned them away from their scheduled tee time.

“I was actually getting a little impatient. I said, ‘Come on, we’ve got to tee off.’ ” said Raymond Gay, one of the four friends.

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Gay’s mood soon changed when he realized why their tee time was cancelled. He and his friends, Don Verge and Wayne Harper, had a limo waiting to take them to the airport where they would catch a flight to Toronto. WestJet had teamed up with Golf Canada to organize a trip for four as a promotional giveaway.

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Their fourth member declined the trip. The friends phoned up fellow golfer David Pratt to round out their foursome.

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The limo ride was just the beginning. Instead of Ottawa’s GreyHawk golf course, the four were scheduled to play at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont., home of this year’s Canadian Open.

“It’s a dream come true. This, playing Glen Abbey, was on my bucket list,” said Harper.

What awaited them upon arrival was nothing short of every recreational golfer’s dream. In full star treatment, each of them received new clothes, a new set of fitted clubs, a personalized golf bag and their own caddy.

Like true PGA tour professionals, the foursome played all 18 holes complete with an announcer and a group of cheering supporters. They flew back to Ottawa at the end of the day.

“It was the best day of my life,” said Pratt.

The 2015 RBC Canadian Open begins on July 20. The tournament runs until July 26.

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