OTTAWA SUN SCRAMBLE: Absolute Comedy C Division sponsor pays tribute to old friend Martin Shaw

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Golf meant a lot to Shaw, who, with partner Al Gustafson, won the B Division of the Sun Scramble in 2013, putting together rounds of 68 and 64 to finish 11 under for the event.

“After he died, we took half his ashes and sprinkled them where he’d gotten a hole-in-one at a golf course in Bermuda,” said Laurans. “He was a very good golfer, he shot low-80s.”

Shaw’s wife, Bonnie, gave Laurans her husband’s golf clubs when he passed.

Laurans originally met Shaw in Bermuda and hired him to work at Absolute Comedy. Laurans went to watch Shaw compete in the Sun Scramble, then got involved in the tournament the following year, teaming with Tim Matley. In 2011, the second year for the C Division, Laurans and Matley lost in a championship playoff (Round 1 was at Hammond, Round 2 was at Outaouais) to Dean Mckeown and Pat Morin – at 1-under.

“(Martin) was good at anything British people are good at,” said Laurans with a laugh. “I taught him how to play squash, I used to beat him 9-0, 9-0, but after about a year and a half, he actually beat me in a game. He tried hard in whatever he did, he was a very competitive person.”

Shaw had lymphoma and bone-marrow cancer. But it was graft versus host disease that killed him.

“Absolutely, I miss him,” said Laurans. “I not only worked with him, we hung out all the time. We golfed. In the off-season, we’d play darts or go bowling. He was like family.”

And, on Tuesday, Laurans, inspired by Shaw, again competed in the Absolute Comedy C Division on the second full day of the Sun Scramble. Laurans and his partner, Al Gustafson, missed the cut by one, shooting a 2-over 74.



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