Weather co-operating for B.C. Women's championship golf
The weather decided to participate during second round action of the BC Golf Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships at Christina Lake Golf Club, giving Christine Wong of Richmond a chance to post a three-under-par 69, 139 total (70-69-139) to take the overall Championship lead by one stroke.
Wong, an upcoming senior at San Diego State University and member of Quilchena G&CC, had an uneventful outward nine only to light up the back, going four-under-par on her final five holes, including an eagle and two birdies.
First round leader A. Ram Choi of Surrey struggled on the day compared to round one, posting a one-over-par 73, 140 total (67-73-140) to drop down into a tie for second along with Port Coquitlam’s Soo-Bin Kim and Kelowna’s Kyla Inaba.
Kim posted her second straight two-under-par 70, capped by the championships’ first eagle on the par 5 430-yard 15th hole. The only other player in the field to accomplish this task not long after Kim was Wong. Kim’s two round total of 140 (70-70-140) gives her great positioning going into the third round to catch Wong atop the leader board.
Inaba rounds out the trio sitting at tied for second in the overall championship thanks to a steady one-under-par 71, 140 total (69-71-140). Inaba, leader of the Mid-Amateur division following the first round, maintained her two stroke lead in the division over Port Alberni’s Christina Proteau who matched her own opening round 71 for a two round total of 142 (71-71-142).
Proteau is still with reach of defending both the overall and Mid-Amateur division titles from 2011 but she will need to put together a fine third round score to make up some strokes and stay alive in the Championship. Only one other player sits under-par for the overall Championship and that is Nanaimo’s Amanda Baker at 142 total (69-73-142).
Kate Weir, of Trail with Swan-e-set Bay Resort team, leads for the Kootenay Boundary at 21 off the pace for the amateur title in 40th position, and Mackenzie Field of Christina Lake sits at 45.
Cherie Baker of Creston is locked in a four-way tie for 15th with Connie Kostash of Christina Lake, Wanda Flack of Fruitvale and Connie Hang of Vancouver for the mid-amateur.
Paz Alguire of Grand Forks is in 21st at 193 followed by Bev Poole of Castlegar at 195 and Colleen Verigin of Grand Forks at 203.
Pat Lawrence of Christina Lake is in 24th spot at 205.
It would appear the Mid-Amateur title is a two-horse race but with Victoria’s Alison Murdoch shooting a six-over-par 78 (74-78-152) in round two, the Master-40 division is anything but a run-a-way. With only one stroke separating Stouffer and Murdoch, the title is anyones. Alone in third in the Master-40 is Sandra Turbide of Maple Ridge whose +12 total (77-79-156) leaves her five-strokes off Stouffer’s division lead.
The Club Team gross champions for the event are Swan-e-set Bay Resort members Soo-Bin Kim and Anica Yoo of Port Coquitlam, finishing at a three-under-total. The Club Team net champions are Mission Golf and Country Club members Brooklyn of Deroche and Dani Shap of Mission, who finished the two-round competition at one-over total.
In the Zone Team competitions, Zone 2 took the gross title thanks to the stellar play of Inaba and Kelowna’s Megan Osland and the net title went to Zone 3’s Turbide and Shap.
Round 3 is set to begin tomorrow at 7:30am with the Mid-Amateur champion being crowned at its conclusion.
All spectators are welcome to attend and entrance is free of charge.
For results see: BC Golf