Jared du Toit

Jared du Toit

East Kootenay amateurs embark on provincial pursuits

Cranbrook and Kimberley well represented as provincial golf championships get underway

A handful of local amateur golfers have been busy and will continue to swing away in the coming weeks.

The B.C. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship wrapped up in Duncan this past Friday, with Kimberley’s Julia Dereniwsky representing the East Kootenay.

Dereniwsky, a member of the Kimberley Golf Club, grabbed a top-20 finish with a four-round score of 305 (17-over).

Competitors took to the links at the 6,616-yard Duncan Meadows Golf Course.

Dereniwsky qualified for the annual provincial championship after claiming the BCGA Zone 1 Women’s Amateur title, hosted at Kimberley Golf Club, on May 30 and 31.

Michelle Kim of Surrey finished atop the leaderboard after carding a four-round score of 285 (three-under).

Dereniwsky’s 17-over finish was good enough for a two-way share of 18th place.

A total of 35 golfers advanced to the final two rounds of action, with a cut coming after the second round of play to thin out the 60-player field.

While Dereniwsky returns from the Women’s Amateur, a handful of others head out across the province for a variety of other provincial championships in the coming weeks.

Beginning July 7 at the Park Meadows Golf Course at Osoyoos Golf Club, Russell du Toit will compete for the B.C. Junior Boys’ Championship.

Also beginning July 7, Kimberley’s Alysha Buchy and Kira Dereniwsky head to Cordova Bay Golf Course in Victoria for the B.C. Junior Girls’ Championships.

Finally, the 113th B.C. Amateur Championship takes place July 14 to 17 at Fairview Mountain Golf Course in Oliver, where Kimberley will be represented by a handful of young linksters.

Jacob Bowes (Trickle Creek Golf Resort), Jared du Toit (Kimberley Golf Club), Russell du Toit (Kimberley Golf Club) and Justin Sawley (Kimberley Golf Club) all take to the course in search of a provincial championship.

Cranbrook’s Scott Merriam (Cranbrook Golf Club) will also head to Oliver in search of the amateur title.

Creston will also be represented by a pair of local golfers at the B.C. amateur as Karson O’Keefe and Bryan Smithson, both of the Creston Golf Club, tee off at Fairview Mountain.