Jackie Little of Port Alberni lines up her putt in the Westland Insurance Ladies Open Saturday at Vernon Golf Country Club. (Lisa Mazurek/Morning Star)

Kelowna duo take Westland Insurance Open

Vernon ladies golf tournament draws 54 teams

The Kelowna duo of Lynda Palahniuk and Melanie Grant have always loved playing in the Westland Insurance (formerly Baron) Ladies Tournament at the Vernon Golf & Country Club.

They pocketed yet another title Saturday by shooting a 75 for a one-stroke win over the Kelowna team of Maggie Oland and Debbie Cross (The Players Club). Palahniuk and Grant lost last year’s tourney by retrogression to Linda Aitkens (Okanagan Club) and Karen Packalen (Talking Rock in Chase).

There was a field of 54 teams in the 31st annual two-lady, best-net event. The hole-in-one prizes of a car from Vernon Hyundai and $10,000 from Intact Insurance went unclaimed.

Karen Hassard, who like Palahniuk and Grant, has won the tournament with various partners, finished third with Marla Taylor, at 77, by retrogression.

Former Vernon golfer Jackie Little, who has won five B.C. Amateur and four B.C. Senior titles, combined with Kelowna’s Rhonda Poullos for fourth at 77.

The low net champions with a 61 were Theresa Hirschbold and Veronica Jones of Vernon.

Connie Traxel and Marilyn Vat of Vernon were second at 62 by retrogression over Nancy Davies and Sue Beaudry of Vernon.

KPs went to Bernie Mahaptra, Alexis Percy, Bev Kellerman and Hirschbold. Deuce pot winners ($53 each) were Barb Gould, Sandy Lays, Kellermen and Patt Enridge.

The prizes for overall low net and low gross were a coin set donated by Westland Insurance.

Meanwhile, Keith Vandenbrink of Hillview in Vernon collected $1,200 for finishing fourth at 143 in the 36-hole Fairview Mountain Mens Pro-am last weekend.

Brian McDonald shot a pair of 64s on his home course for a stunning 11-shot victory over Garrett Kuchar of Chilliwack (139). Third place went to Ethan Danish of Two Eagles in West Kelowna (140).

Next up for Vandenbrink is the opening two rounds of the Interior PGA Match Play event Monday, June 18 at Sunset Ranch in Kelowna. Vandenbrink has won the event twice in the last three years.

 

Marla Taylor of Vernon watches her drive in the Westland Insurance Ladies Open Saturday at Vernon Golf Country Club. (Lisa Mazurek/Morning Star)

Just Posted

Update: 27 fires burning in Monashee Complex

Mabel Creek, Sugar Mountain and Harris Creek fires continue to burn near Lumby and Cherryville

Updated: RCMP no longer suspect death of Vernon woman is suspicious

West Kelowna RCMP continue to investigate the woman’s sudden death

Urgent need for Kelowna, Vernon blood donors

Okanagan blood shortfall part of nation-wide challenge

Falkland director seeks ambulance

Rene Talbot feels community between Vernon and Kamloops should have ambulance

Child dies in boating accident on Kal Lake

UPDATE: 9:50 p.m. A six-year-old is dead following a boating incident on… Continue reading

A first-hand look at hazards facing scooter users

A Salmon Arm reporter tags along on a mobility scooter tour of the city to learn about safety hazards

RCMP to search for body after man drowns in B.C.’s Buntzen Lake

Officers and fire crews responded but the man from the Lower Mainland is believed to have drowned.

Man found not guilty in 2011 drug-related shooting in Shuswap

Judge rules Jeremy Davis couldn’t foresee his companion would kill 24-year-old Nick Larsen.

Police chiefs call for stricter controls on pill presses to fight opioids

Canada’s police chiefs are urging Ottawa to beef up its fight against the opioid scourge by closely vetting people who import pill presses

Hot, dry conditions forces drought rating to highest level on Vancouver Island

The province says Vancouver Island is under Stage 4 drought conditions

Victoria police say explicit calls continue to target women

Over 50 reports of unwanted, sexually explicit calls have come in

Parks Canada has ‘general concept’ in mind for South Okanagan-Similkameen

Minister Catherine McKenna will be providing a further update to representatives in Penticton Friday, August 17

‘It’s like a party in your mouth’

B.C. creator’s Milkshake Burger makes its debut at the PNE

Most Read