Country Club wins Ladies’ Interclub Championship
19 SEP 2017
It was like night and day as it rained cats and dogs on day two of the ClubLink Ladies’ Interclub championship on Sunday and Monday, September 17 & 18 in Muskoka.
On day one of the championship, ladies from 33 teams across ClubLink were met with glorious sunshine and balmy temperatures at The Lake Joseph Club and Rocky Crest for a grand day of golf, dinner and relaxation at the resort.
On day two, the magnificent blue skies and Muskoka Fall colours were replaced with grey skies, cooler temperatures and a constant rain, that turned into a deluge at times as it soaked the ladies and the courses.
“What can you do. Some people were not ready to play in the rain and it was coming down really hard out there,” said Jin Young Lee, a member of the defending champions from DiamondBack, who were in third place after round one. “It would have been great if we had another beautiful day like we had for the opening round to give us a chance to win, but it didn’t work out that way.”
For some, this year’s second round brought back memories of the opening round in 2014 when the courses were hit with three inches of morning rain and the championship quickly became a one-round event.
“It was three or four years ago that we had the big storm go through and wipe out the first round. I took some neat photos of that. The water was flowing like rivers across parts of The Lake Joseph,” says Ina Halket from The Country Club, who has now played in the event for about 10 years. “It’s disappointing that we couldn’t get back out there and finish the final round, but I don’t think anyone wanted to go back out on the golf course and we lost of some teams that gave up and went home early.”
“It was disappointing for everyone to see the rain come down on the second day after the ladies enjoyed such beautiful conditions to open the championship,” says Mark Kerwin, Head Professional at Rocky Crest. “I give them full credit for going out in the rain for round two and giving it their best shot, but in the end the rain was too much for the course to handle.”
“I have played in each of the Ladies’ Interclub Championship since it started and to finally win the Championship Division is awesome,” Mary Contardi said, noting they finished runner-up once in the Championship Division and won the consolation division on another occasion. “I love this event. It’s my favourite. The courses are both amazing and coming up here with your teammates and spending time with all the ladies at Rocky Crest Resort is wonderful. You see so many familiar faces every time. It’s the highlight of the golf season for me. I just love playing golf up here and winning it, is just a bonus for us.”
In the Championship Division the team of Ina Halket, Mary Contardi, Vivian Rhee and Tanis McLaren from The Country Club walked away with the overall title and new TaylorMade drivers. Second place went to Team King Valley including; Susan Ha, Aekyung Kim, Jane Wallbridge and Yvonne Han, while the Diamond Back crew of; Jin Young Lee, Anna Han, Audrey Shin and Grace Yoon settled for third.
“Everything fell into place for us in round one. Everything went really well,” Contardi said, noting The Country Club came into the championship as the lowest ranked team after the qualifying rounds “We were so relaxed yesterday playing Lake Joe. We never thought we would find ourselves at the top of the leaderboard. We had such a good time. It’s disappointing not to play the whole thing because Rocky Crest is my favourite course and it would have been fun to see how we handled the pressure”
In the adidas Division co-champions were crowned as teams from Greenhills GC – Marty Day, Marie Fitzgerald, Myrna Hough and Janet Evans and Val des Lacs GC – Brigitte Senay, Danielle Ouimet, Diane Gingras, France Grenier finished tied up top of the standings. There was a three-way tie for third between Blue Springs – Patricia Walker, Lori Mayer, Beverly Liske and Nancy Tarzwell; RattleSnake Point – Liz Channell, Maggie Sullivan, Anne Marie McDonough and Nancy Wagner and Le Maître – Lynn Lefebvre, Dianne Bellemare, Kathy Wong and Diana Harvie.