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The Quinte-Kingston Intersectional Matches (QKIM) are a friendly inter-club match play competition between teams from regional golf clubs. It takes place every summer in August and September. Approximately 20 clubs with 85 teams compete across six Divisions: Men’s A, Men’s B, Senior Men, Super Senior Men, Women and Senior Women.
Each division is divided into sections of four clubs that compete against each other in a head-to-head match play event. Players are seeded in order of their handicap factor but no handicap strokes are given. The design of the competition allows for clubs with the better players to rise to the top of the sections. The first place team moves up to the section above, whereas the team finishing fourth drops to the section below. The team finishing in second place becomes the host club for that section in the following year.
The Intersectional Matches are a highlight for many recreational golfers across the region who enjoy the opportunity to compete in a friendly match, while meeting new friends and playing at a variety of excellent and challenging courses.
The competition is volunteer-driven and relies on the efforts of many people for its ongoing success, as well as the generosity of all participating clubs who organize their teams and host the matches.
Gilles Hurtubise launched the Quinte Kingston Intersectional Matches in 2008 and served as Convenor until his retirement in 2018.
QKIM was founded in 2008 by Gilles Hurtubise. Gilles participated in inter-club matches in the Montreal area before his engineering career took him to Kingston, where he became a member of the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club. He was the Handicap Chair at Cataraqui as well as an accredited course rater.
In 2007, Gilles was appointed the Golf Ontario Coordinator for the Kingston District. One of his goals was to create an inter-club competition for the district. He launched the first competition in 2008 with the participation of 14 clubs. By 2018 the Quinte Kingston Intersectional Matches had grown to 20 participating clubs with 80 teams and 600 participants. Upon his retirement in 2018, Gilles generously sponsored a complete set of Award Plaques to recognize future QKIM Champions. In 2019, Gilles was honoured by Golf Ontario with the prestigious Distinguished Service Award.