Longworth tops Brown for golf title

Mark Longworth was due for glory in the Vernon Vernon Golf & Country Club Senior Men’s Championships last weekend.

Mark Longworth was due for glory in the Vernon Vernon Golf & Country Club Senior Men’s Championships last weekend.

A runner-up the last two years, Longworth defeated Graydon Brown on the second playoff hole Sunday for the title. He pocketed the club trophy and an $80 club credit.

Longworth, who missed the cut by one stroke at the recent B.C. Seniors at Christina Lake, carded 72-77-149, while Brown went 75-74-149. Longworth made a nice save out of a fairway bunker to par the 18th and force extra holes.

Both players scored bogeys on the first playoff hole (No. 16), while Brown doubled the 17th and Longworth earned bogey.

“I drove the ball exceptionally well; I hit 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens the first day,” said Longworth. “Graydon putted and played really well.”

Peter Smith won the title in 2013, while Mike Sheldon topped the field in 2012.

Tim Ouelette was the low net champion with 133, one stroke better than George Fargher. Jack Orr claimed the Super Senior low gross crown, while Blaine Macpherson took low net.

Steve King ruled the first flight low gross with 151, followed by Greg Betts, at 153 (retrogression), and Dale Ortman, at 153. Low net leaders were Ron Reinhart, at 138, Ken Friesen, at 140, and Smith, at 143.

In the second flight, Myron Hocevar captured low gross at 158, followed by Klaas Kwakkel, at 165, and Greg Wiltshire, at 166. Low net winners were Doug Fairweather, at 140, Peter McClean, at 145, and Bob Everitt, at 147.

In the senior ladies’ tourney, Karen Hassard carded a 154 for an eight-stroke victory over Terry Loschuk. Norma Lemiski took the low net title at 138.

Maria Smith was the low net winner, at 142, in the first flight, Cheryl Schmidt, at 144, and Rosemarie Rachwalski, at 152.

Second low gross in the first flight was Brenda Samis, at 167, followed by Debbie Fisher, with 175.

In the second flight, it was Wilma Hamer tops at 190, followed by Lorna Jaschke, at 197 (retrogression), and Sharon Noble, at 197.

The low net top-three were Geri Longworth, at 143, Merna Kroening, at 145, and Linda-Anne Lamber, with 148.