Locals strike success at BCGA Zone 1 Women’s championship

Cranbrook & Kimberley golfers found plenty of success at 2015 BCGA Zone 1 Women's Golf Championship at Kimberley Golf Club this past weekend

Kimberley’s Julia Dereniwsky (right) holds the BCGA Rose Bowl Trophy as overall low gross champion at the Zone 1 Women’s Golf Championship at Kimberley Golf Club Sunday

Kimberley’s Julia Dereniwsky (right) holds the BCGA Rose Bowl Trophy as overall low gross champion at the Zone 1 Women’s Golf Championship at Kimberley Golf Club Sunday

The BCGA Zone 1 Women’s Golf Championship wrapped up this past weekend at Kimberley Golf Club, with plenty of local flavour finding success at the annual tournament.

The 36-hole tournament was held at the Kimberley Golf Club for the first time in more than a decade, with opening-round action going Saturday, May 30, and final-round play wrapping up Sunday, May 31.

For the third consecutive year, Kimberley’s Julia Dereniwsky claimed the BCGA Zone 1 Women’s Amateur title.

Dereniwsky carded a 36-hole score of 147 during the Zone 1 Women’s Golf Championship at Kimberley Golf Club this past weekend, working her way past Kelly Hellman of Balfour (153).

Dereniwsky claimed her first Zone 1 title in 2013 at Kokanee Springs Resort, firing a two-day 161 to beat out Mackenzie Field of Christina Lake (164).  In 2014, she repeated as Zone 1 champion at Creston Golf Club, carding a two-round 151 to once again defeat Field (163).

Apart from Dereniwsky claiming the overall low gross title, Cranbrook’s Mary Ann Bennett was awarded the Heather Nunn Trophy for registering the senior ladies low net best score (138).

Bennett edged Ursula Schroeder of Fernie, who placed as the runner up with a two-day total of 139.

The Messer Trophy for aggregate low net team was awarded to a contingent of Kimberley golfers, featuring Elaine Dereniwsky, Julia Dereniwsky, Debra Krantz and Sue Osterkampf. The team of ladies carded an 18-hole score of 289 to defeat Sparwood’s entry by three strokes.

Kimberley Golf Club was awarded the event in September 2014 and according to championship chair Karen Proudfoot, more than 40 men and women volunteered their time to ensure success.

The Zone 1 Championship serves as a tournament qualifier for the B.C. Women’s Amateur, B.C. Women’s Seniors Championship and B.C. Women’s Juniors Championship.

A total of four competitors from Zone 1 qualified for each of their respective provincial events, including: Julia Dereniwsky (amateur), Kira Dereniwsky (junior), Kelly Hellman (amateur and junior) and Cherie Baker (senior).

Zone 1 — Kootenays is home to golfers from 23 clubs throughout the Regional District of East Kootenay, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary as well as Electoral Area A of the Columbia/Shuswap Regional District.

Local member clubs include the Cranbrook Golf Club and Kimberley Golf Club.

The BCGA Zone 1 Ladies Golf Committee is a non-profit organization and hosting the event. Its main purpose is to promote ladies golf within its zone of B.C.

Winners at BCGA Zone 1 Women’s Golf Championship:

Julia Dereniwsky, Kimberley (overall low gross, 147) Susan White, Sparwood (overall low net, 132)Cherie Baker, Creston (senior low gross, 157)Mary Ann Bennett, Cranbrook (senior low net, 138)Susan White, Sparwood (low net 18.1-36.5 handicap, 65)Team Kimberley – Elaine Dereniwsky, Julia Dereniwsky, Debra Kantz, Sue Osterkampf (aggregate low net team, 289)Kira Dereniwsky, Kimberley (low gross, championship flight) Nancy Parkins, Radium (low net, championship flight)Nancy Fraser, Kimberley (low gross, first flight)Heather Harrington, Radium (low net, first flight)Sherry Broom, Fairmont (low gross, second flight)Shirley Bergman, Fairmont (low net, second flight)Linda Harrison, Cranbrook (low gross, third flight)Sue Boyd, Fernie (low net, third flight)Dolores Neilson, Fairmont (low gross, fourth flight)Debbie McLean, Kimberley (low net, fourth flight)Deb deTremaudan, Rossland (low gross, fifth flight)Jill Snell, Fernie (low net, fifth flight)