With the end of the official golfing season upon us, the sport has certainly been in the news recently. The pros wrapped up their season with the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where Rory McIlroy won in a playoff and as a result was able to claim the $10 million FedEx Cup. There was the death of golfing legend Arnold Palmer at age 87. And then this past weekend the Ryder Cup competition saw the American team win for the first time since 2008.
There were plenty of highlights on the local golf scene this past summer as well. We’ll start with the top finishers in the men’s and ladies’ club championships at the Nanaimo Golf Club. Club pros Kerry Davison and Chris Wilson report that in the under-55 men’s competition, low gross champion for the two-day event was Graeme Edwards with a 147 score. Second place went to Kristian Hrabowych, with Dale Van Der Mark finishing third. For low net scores, top three golfers were Bob Foglietta, Isaac Kitchingman and Nathan Robertshaw.
In the senior (55-64) age division, Sandy Harper’s 150 total earned him the title. Chuck Passmore was the runner-up and Richard Nemeth was third. Best low net scores in the division went to Mike Rispin, Greg Seaker and Carman Dawley.
The super senior (65-plus) competition saw Ron Berry tops in low gross scoring at 160, followed by Dave Yule and Robert Bennie. Neil McNiven won the low net title ahead of Craig Simpson and Henry Wiebe.
In the Nanaimo women’s club championship, low gross honours and the Barker Cup went to Shirin Anjarwalla with a 150 total. Behind her came Kim Evans and Kassie Muanyam. Andrea Hrabowych won the low net title, beating out Sandra Miles and Kathy Kowalchuk. The Bunny Anderson Trophy as senior women’s champion was claimed by Jan Jarvie, with Yun Ye Norris the runner-up.
From Winchelsea View Golf Club, pro Ian Harper sends word that the two-day men’s club championship was won by Wes Betz. Betz earned the low gross title with a 124 total, finishing ahead of Dan McDonald and Chris Wright. In the low net competition, Don Cyrenne was first, Roland Lapierre second and Harry McKeever third.
Fairwinds Golf Club pro Ryner Wilson reports that Brad Reimer won the men’s club championship there with a 152 total. Low net honours went to Ian Maxwell. In the first flight, Manny Martins won the low gross and David Leclair the low net. Flight two winners were Neil Mawdsley for low gross and Ron St. Germaine for low net. Low gross in third flight was Garnet Hunt and low net winner was Joe Straka.
In the Fairwinds ladies’ club championship, the title went to Sharon Vincent with a 163. Shirley Kirkley was the low net winner. In first flight competition, Blanka Dunville had the low gross score and Norma Sheridan the low net. Second flight winners were Donna Leclair for low gross and Vera Moore with low net.
From over at Cottonwood Golf Club, the men’s club champion this season was Kevin Roden thanks to a 151 two-day total. Austin Doherty was runner-up and Marty Morelli third. The A flight low gross title was won by Rick Craig and A flight low net was Al Dame. In B flight, top three in low gross were Gary Landry, Tim Duke and Blake Neely. Top low net winners were Bryan Hall, Gary Langdon and Gord Smeeton. From C flight competition, Terry Johnston won low gross ahead of Tali Williams and Reg Sampson won low net. Low gross and low net respectively in D flight were Ross Sinclair and Gordon Piper. In the senior A division the winners were Neely and Smeeton, from senior B it was Gary Langdon and Terry Johnston and senior C winners were Steve Hobson and Ross Sinclair.
With the ladies at Cottonwood, low gross club champion was Georgina Hermans, ahead of April Mathers and Gwen Cleve. Tops in low net were Wanda Cox, Shirley Lingenfelter and Terre Johnston. My thanks to Doris Deifenbacher for taking time to send along the results.
Whatever your sport, a reminder in closing to play your hardest, play fair, and show good sportsmanship.