Merridith Walton of Quesnel and Cindy Hammond of Mackenzie teamed up to win the low-net trophy in the Barb Smith/Marj Jefferson Memorial Tournament at the Quesnel Golf Course Aug. 19-20.
The pair pulled off a score of 126 during the two-ball best ball tournament.
The low-gross champion title went to Kelly Flaherty and Barb Vincent of Williams Lake, with their score of 156.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Barb Smith/Marj Jefferson Memorial Tournament, and long-time golfer Nita Lane was the guest of honour. She played in 44 straight tournaments and won the top low-gross prize 16 times.
Lane opened up the tournament, taking the first swing on Saturday morning.
The tournament was founded by Quesnel golfers Barb Smith and Marj Jefferson: they were on their way home from the first Ladies Simon Fraser Tournament in Prince George in 1968 when they discussed hosting a similar tournament in Quesnel. The following day, Smith suffered a heart attack and passed away.
Jefferson organized the low-net tournament in her friend’s honour and later added the low-gross shield in her own name. Jefferson passed away in 1993.
The Quesnel Golf Club hosts the tournament each year for women from all over the region.
Despite the smoke and some rain on Sunday morning, organizer and low-net champ Walton said the weekend had gone wonderfully.
“It was great and we lucked out with the weather, it co-operated all day.”
She said she and her team had raised a lot of money for their chosen charities (junior golf, Jumpstart, Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association and Cariboo KidSport) with raffles, a silent auction and a “break the glass” game on Friday.
They also hosted a hole-in-one competition with a top prize of $10,000, which no one won this year.
Quesnel golfers Bonnie Watson and Charmaine Bird said the tournament had been great.
“It was awesome, we had a great time. Today was a dampener, starting out in the rain, but it turned out beautiful,” said Watson.
Peggy Brown of Prince George agreed.
“We had a ball. Not just the golf, but the fun with the other golfers!”
First: Merridith Walton and Cindy Hammond (Quesnel/Mackenzie), 126
Second: Shirley Halliday and Wanda Grinder (Prince George), 126
Third: Mary Braithwaite and Cheryle Poulin (Quesnel/Mackenzie), 127
Fourth: Yvette Vandeweghe and Diane Rogers (Quesnel), 129
Fifth: Colleen Johnson and Krista Bourassa (Prince George), 129
First: Kelly Flaherty and Barb Vincent (Williams Lake), 156
Second: Kit Collins and Vi Brears (Quesnel), 165
Third: Anita Pendergast and Marcia Martinson (Prince George), 168
Fourth: Linda Hames and Karen Festerling (Quesnel), 172
Fifth: Trina Halfnights and Karin Brink (Williams Lake), 175