Barrie chasing women’s top-20

Vernon Mackenzie Barrie shared 24th spot entering third-round B.C. Women’s Amateur Golf Championships at Christina Lake.

Vernon teen Mackenzie Barrie shared 24th spot entering third-round action Thursday in the B.C. Golf Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships at Christina Lake.

Barrie, 16, carded an opening round 76 Tuesday and followed up with a 79 Wednesday. The 54-hole event ends today. Barrie was just one stroke out of the top-20 in the field of 61.

Hot weather Wednesday gave 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 Team Canada member, 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 tourney’s 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 70-70-140 gave her great positioning going into the third round.

Inaba rounded out the trio sitting at tied for second in the overall championship thanks to a steady one-under-par 71, 140 total (69-71). 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.

Crowe second at Gallagher’s

Jesse Crowe of Canoe Creek (Salmon Arm) tied for second spot in the pro category of the Gallagher’s Canyon Ladies Pro-Am Wednesday.

Crowe, who pocketed $1,300 in the Fairview Mountain Pro-Am last weekend, shot a 66 to finish a stroke back of Kelowna Golf & Country Club’s Rob Anderson.

Crowe, Josh Fleming of Gallagher’s, Brodie Carle of Two Eagles in West Kelowna and Russ Latimer of Black Mountain in Kelowna each earned $600, while Anderson banked $1,500.

Myles Johnson of Spallumcheen carded a 68 to tie for seventh and take home $175.

Tara Roden of Gallagher’s led her team to first place ahead of Flemming’s entry.

Keith Vandenbrink of Hillview guided his team to fourth spot. Sandra Bradley, Betty Murray and Betty Tate supported Vandenbrink.