Ponoka players shine in golf tournaments

The Ponoka Community Gold course has been kept busy with tournaments. The following is a summary of the results of recent competitions.

The Ponoka Community Gold course has been kept busy with tournaments. The following is a summary of the results of recent competitions.

Senior Open

The 2008 edition of the Ponoka Community Golf Club’s annual Senior Open was held on July 29 with 75 participants. Excellent weather and playing conditions greeted the men and women who ranged in age from 50 to 80 and over and who came from various clubs within the province.

The two to seven handicap group was won by Don Haldane of Red Deer with a score of 71. Dave Raabis placed second, while Del Bilings and Ron Hilz took low nets.

John Kennedy of Camrose, with a 78 score won the eight to 13 handicap grouping over Phil Boston of Lacombe. Lyle Brown placed first over fellow member Eric Anderson in the 14 to 19 handicap section. Bob Beckwith took net honours over Otto Streberg.

The 20 plus handicap section saw Fred Heck’s score of 87 winning over Ken Duckering, while Ponoka’s Gord Svenningsen’s net 65 outdid George Lastiwka’s best net.

The Ladies 13 to 24 handicap section winner went to Leslie Crawford of Ponoka who shot an 86. Brenda Morriseau of Ponoka also shot an 86; however, lost in the sudden death playoff. Net winner was Norma Grant with a 69 over fellow member, Barb Aasen.

Margaret Lastwika of Ponoka took low gross for the 25 plus section over Joan McDonnell. Ponoka golfer Lorraine Tonneson’s net 65 outdid fellow member Sylvia Hitchcock’s net 67.

A dozen hole prizes were awarded for various extra-ordinary feats of ability over the course of 18 holes.

2008 Mixed Open

The 2008 Mixed Open again proved to be popular with 52 two person teams competing on the Ponoka Golf course. Aug. 10 saw Leslie Crawford and Calvin David finishing first in the first flight. Their 18 hole score of 76 playing in the Scotch Two Ball event earned them the right to the Robert’s Trophy for this year.

Second flight winners were Rick and BJ Morrow with a gross score of 78. This trophy is emblematic of the low twosome from the Ponoka club who are both over 50 years of age. Therefore, they received the Century Players honor.

Each flight had at least three net winners awarded for their efforts. Next major club function will be the Club Championships set for a two day event.

2008 Ponoka Golf Club Championships

There were 92 adult members that took part in the Club championships held on Aug. 16 and 17 under very warm conditions.

The championship of the Ladies division was won by Leslie Crawford who edged out Tricia Schell. Low net went to Glenda Morrow who also took overall low for Ladies.

First flight went to Liisa Lindfors with Kelly Gibson placing second and Darlene Short captured low net.

Senior Ladies winner was Maureen Schell, while Barb Aasen took second and Lorraine Gustafson had the low net.

Eric Anderson won the second flight breaking a tie with Grant Duncan. Low net went to Dale Woitt. Third flight winner was Harvey Froelich.

The Senior Men’s flight champ was Wayne Thompson with Roger Schell placing second. Dave MacPherson took this flight’s low net and he also placed overall low for men.

Senior Men first flight winner was Ken Arnold. Lonnie Sulzle took second while Gord Svenningsen had the low net.

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