Suzanne Hocevar shows a savvy swing from the bunker at the Senior Ladies Club Championship Sunday morning at Vernon Golf & Country Club.

Suzanne Hocevar shows a savvy swing from the bunker at the Senior Ladies Club Championship Sunday morning at Vernon Golf & Country Club.

Samis classy in claiming title

Brenda Samis displayed sportsmanship and integrity while winning the Vernon Ladies Club championship last weekend.

Brenda Samis displayed sportsmanship and integrity while winning the Vernon Ladies Club championship last weekend.

Samis called a penalty stroke on herself but still managed to card a 165 to edge Karen Hassard by one stroke for the low gross title.

Caryll Dyck claimed the low net crown at 147.

Karen Kindrachuk won the first flight low gross (no scores reported), while Rosemarie Rachwalski was second. Barb D’Orazio and Myrna Cleavely were one-two low net.

In the second flight, it was Lorna Jaschke taking low gross honours ahead of Maria Smith. Low net prizes went to Wilma Hamer and Ann Fry.

Pam Farrell topped the third flight low gross, followed by Rae Jensen. Lisa Krushen and Janice Allen were the low net winners.

In the fourth flight, Verna Belland and Heather Henderson were one-two low gross, while Linda Edwards and Barb Silvester did likewise low net.

The Vernon senior men’s club championship last weekend had John Martin take the low gross trophy and Laurie Atkinson win low net.

Greg Betts was runner-up low gross, while Larry Jaschke was second low net. Fakri Siddiqui won the Super Senior (70+) low gross prize, while Jack Samuel earned the low net.

There was a field of 82 with Colonial Farms, National Bank Financial and the Tuesday senior men’s group were major sponsors.

The top-three low gross finishers in the first flight were Mike Sheldon, Dale Ortman and Gord Johnston, while Dennis MacPherson, Doug Fairweather and Bob Keyser topped the second flight.

Gary Messina, Ron Crumley and Norm Korol were top-three low gross in the third flight.

Low net winners in the first flight were Rick Barefoot, Dave Munson and Ernie Cherkowski, while second flight winners were Rich Mohoruk, Michael Murison and Andy Gilbert.

Hank Durand, Chuck Grieg and Iain Kelly were the low net champs in the third flight.

The Club Golf at The Rise held their men’s and ladies’ championships with Rick Higginson (157) and Pat Carter (191) pocketing low gross titles.

Neil McLean, at 147, and Danielle Bergstrom, at 144, collected low net wins.

Men’s long drives were recorded by Greg Anderson and Bowring, while Paula Sharp and Carter unleased the ladies’ monster hits.

Closest-to-the-pin prizes for the men went to Anderson and McLean, while Carter and Sharp took the ladies’ KPs.

Crowe in contention

The first round of the Titleist / FootJoy PGA of BC Championship presented by Super Glass went Monday, and in an uncharacteristic Kamloops day of scattered showers and gusts of cold wind, two players stand atop the leaderboard.

Josh Fleming, who recently reinstated with the PGA of BC when joining the team at Kelowna’s Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club, scored eight birdies in his first eleven holes before settling down with his first round 5-under par 67.

Dave Zibrik of Westwood Plateau Golf Academy equaled Fleming and joined him in the last group of the day Tuesday afternoon.

Completing the threesome is Seymour Creek Golf Centre’s Bryn Parry (68). Doug Morgan of the Redwoods Golf Club put himself in fine contention to capture his third consecutive title with an opening round of 2-under 70, while other local professionals in the hunt include Sun Rivers Golf Club Brad Clapp (70), Tobiano’s Stephen Connor (71), and Canoe Creek’s Jesse Crowe (72).

The 54-hole event ends today at the Wednesday Rivershore Golf Links.