Heavy rain overnight and most of today have closed the course and forced the 2013 Retirees Invitational to been rescheduled to next week - Thursday, May 30 - with more rain forecast the decision was made to reschedule. For those unable to play next week, arrangements will be made to refund your entry fee.
On Tuesday May 14th, 68 ladies representing both the Day and Business Ladies
sections, hit the links for the annual 9-hole competition between their two
For the past 31 years, Rino & Grace Merlo, owners of City Bakery,
have sponsored this event and donated many, many packages of the
ever-popular pancake mix for door prizes. In 1982, City Bakery donated a
silver tray to be awarded each year to the side with the lowest average net
score. The Day Ladies won the challenge this year for the 20th time with a
net average of 40.15, with the Business Ladies right on their heels with a
net average score of 40.26. A team best ball competition is also held at
this event. Winning team with a net best ball of 26 was Carol Babcock,
Brenda Clark, Roberta DeLuca and Dana Haas.
As this was the last year that City Bakery will be sponsoring this event,
Jeri Santarossa, Club Captain, and Michele Hansen, Business Ladies Chair,
presented Grace Merlo with a beautiful hanging basket in appreciation of
their many years of sponsorship.
Grace Merlo (left) presenting the City Bakery Tray to Helen
McLellan, accepting on behalf of the Day Ladies
Winning Team: Standing - Brenda Clark, Carol Babcock; Sitting -
Dana Haas, Roberta DeLuca
This past May Long weekend,was very busy with the BCGA Development Camp, two junior circuits and qualifying for the BC Junior. The camp was a great success and a big thanks go out to local pro Kevin Nesbitt for all his help and to the BC Team Coach, Matt Palsenbarg for his insights. I hope all the kids enjoyed their time.
Birchbanks, Tyler McKay, turned out to be too much for the rest of the field in the two events. On Saturday at Redstone, in cold, rainy conditions Tyler was the only player to break 80, posting a 79. Carson Arcuri from Granite Point was the next closest competitor with a round of 82. The flight winners were Brenan Moroney in the 17 - 18 year division, Carson Arcuri in the 15 - 16 year division and Kaden Lane from Christina Lake in the 14 and under division.
On Sunday at Birchbank, Tyler posted an even par 72 to win the overall title by four shots over Brenan Moroney who took the 17 and 18 year division for the second straight day. David Launier from Rock Creek won the 15 and 16 year division and Kaden Lane took the 14 and under.
The BC Junior team for Zone 1 was selected based on the two day totals. The team is as follows:
1. Tyler McKay 79, 72 = 151
2. Brenan Moroney 86, 76 = 162
3. David Launier 88, 84 = 172
4. Isaac Janzen 89 , 86 = 175 (Playoff
Forty-two Birchbank ladies teed off on Sat., May 11th, under sunny skies to participate in their first tournament of the year. The Early Bird Tournament, which was a two-day event for many years, was cut back to a one-day tournament this year. The four ball stroke play format saw the team of Maureen Elliott and Fran Gelinas win by retrogression over the team of Terry Van Horn and Elaine Martin. Both teams carded a net 63 for the 18 hole competition. Golf was followed by dinner in the Bistro. Pictured from left to right: Fran Gelinas, Elaine Martin, Terry Van Horn; missing from photo is Maureen Elliott.
This past weekend Riley Rollick from the Salmo GC took full advantage of playing on his home course as he came out with two shot victory over Brenan Moroney of Birchbank and Aiden Browell of Champion Lake. All the kids struggled with the small Salmo greens, but Riley was still able to make three birdies on the day. He finished with a final score of 75. Both Brenan and Aiden posted identical rounds of 77.
This coming weekend the Junior Circuit will be at Redstone on Saturday and Birchbank on Sunday. These are great golf courses to play. We welcome all kids to come out and try the junior circuit. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested in playing.
In other junior news, Tyler McKay represented the zone well this past weekend as he finished 35 in the very strong field at the CN Pacific in Courtney on Vancouver Island. 72 kids from all across Canada played, included all of Canadas National Junior Team. Tyler was able to navigate the very long, 7000 yard Crown Island Course, with rounds of 75,78, 76. Kevin Kwon from Swaneset GC won the tournament with rounds of 66, 71, 66
Buy a square for $10 and you could win an new set of TaylorMade ROCKET BLADEZ irons. The proceeds from this draw go to support Jr Golf at Birchbank - see the guys in the Pro Shop soon before all the squares are gone.
Larry Doyle and Wayne Weaver shot a net score of 60 to win the Chapman 2-Ball at today's Retirees event. Eighty retirees competed in the 2 man Chapman 2-Ball were greeted with great weather and excellent course conditions, followed by a yummy lunch.
1st: Larry Doyle/Wayne Weaver - 60.4
2nd: Jack Beard/Tony Beatty - 61.8
3rd: Dave Muir/Norm McKinnon - 62.2
4th: Dave Crarey/Brian Powell - 64.2
KP #5 - Marc Thoma 6'
KP#8 - Jim Campbell 5'6"
LP#9 - Reg Cherenko 10'10"
KP#16- DeRosa/Larmour 1'9"
LP#18- Larry Doyle 23'
FULL RESULTS - CLICK ON FILE BELOW
Photo: LtoR Wayne Weaver Larry Doyle
This past weekend saw some very entertaining golf by a number of local Junior Golfers. On Saturday May 4th in Nelson a few players played the circuit for the first time this year. Emily Ashton, from Castlegar, played in her first ever junior circuit and did very well in the nine hole division. Also Kyle Hall and Ben Kelsch from Granite Point and Ely Overennay from Castlegar played in their first circuit events of the year. In the end it was Brenan Moroney (Birchbank) defeating Tyler McKay (Birchbank) on the first playoff hole. Both boyss birdied the par 5 18th hole to post identical rounds of 75. In the playoff Brenan had a two putt par to win the playoff.
On Sunday May 5th at Christina Lake, the roles were exactly reversed. Both Tyler and Brenan posted identical rounds of 74 in regulation and had to go to a playoff. This time the playoff went 4 holes, with Tyler making a birdie on the par 5, fourth hole to win.
Results on Saturday May 4th at Granite Point
Overall - Brenan Moroney (Birchbank) 75 (Playoff)
17 -18 Division
1st - Tyler McKay (Birchbank) 75
2nd - Alex Rugg (Champion Lake) 80
1st - Carson Arcuri (Granite Point) 84
2nd - Hanno Southam (Granite Point) 90
14 and Under
1st - Aiden Browell (Champion Lake) 101
Results on Sunday May 5th at Christina Lake
Overall - Tyler McKay (Birchbank) 74 (Playoff)
17 -18 Division
1st - Brenan Moroney (Birchbank) 74
2nd - Alex Rugg (Champion Lake) 80
3rd - Ryan Fullerton (Birchbank) 88
1st - Isaac Janzen (Creston) 78
2nd - David Launier (Rock Creek) 79
3rd - Jeff Ashton (Birchbank) 81
14 and Under
1st - Aiden Browell (Champion Lakes) 86
2nd Jackson Konkin (Birchbank) 88
The Black Rooster from Castlegar sponsored the Birchbank
Business Ladies Opening on April 16th. The Vegas Scramble game was enjoyed
by 58 golfers. Winning team (pictured left to right) was Pat Chernenkoff,
Sandy Filmore, Katy Burke and Sheila Johnson.
The Birchbank Day Ladies held their official opening on April 9th.
Fifty-one ladies participated in the "Dice" game with the winning team of
Maureen Charlton, Helen McLellan, Barb Secco and Loretta Bulfone finishing 5
strokes ahead of second place team Michelle Hansen, Wanda Flack, Debbie
Wallace and Carol Babcock.