Little rallies for title

B.C. Golf Hall of Fame member Jackie Little, of Alberni Golf Club, fired a final-round 5-over 78 Thursday to come from behind and win the B.C. Senior Women’s Championship at the Cranbrook Golf Club.

Morning Star Staff

B.C. Golf Hall of Fame member Jackie Little, of Alberni Golf Club, fired a final-round 5-over 78 Thursday to come from behind and win the B.C. Senior Women’s Championship at the Cranbrook Golf Club.

Little, 53, formerly of Vernon, previously won the provincial title in 2008. She advances to the Royale Cup Nationals, Aug. 22-25, in Whitevale, Ont.

She finished the championship with a score of 13-over-par 232, besting round one and two leader Alison Murdoch, of Victoria Golf Club, and last year’s runner-up Lynda Palahniuk, of Kelowna Golf & CC, by one stroke.

“This title means everything to me,” said Little, who did not play in 2010 after being struck by a truck while crossing the street.

“It’s been a long 20- month journey of no golf and lots of major rehabilitation.  My expectations were quite low heading into the tournament so to come out of it as the  champion after what I’ve been through is amazing and it’s a very emotional win for me.”

Little trailed Murdoch by three strokes heading into the day but managed to outlast her after Murdoch struggled with a tough bogey filled round.

Murdoch did hold on to defend her Super Senior title with an overall tournament score of 14-over-par 233.

“I had a very difficult day today,” said Murdoch, 61.  “I didn’t have my swing and missed many very close putts.”

Representing B.C. in the Interprovincial Team Championship at the Canadian Senior Women’s Championship will be Jackie Little, Palahniuk and Murdoch.