Joan Nichols, left, Shelley Simpson, Pauline Svensrud and Diane Field at hole #9 during the 43rd annual Hope Ladies’ Golf Tournament. Greg Laychak/Black Press

43 years strong: Hope Ladies’ Club hosts golf tournament held last weekend

Seventy-eight players from far, wide and very local participated in the two-day event

A break in the sizzling hot weather came just in time for the 43rd annual two-day Hope Ladies’ Golf Tournament.

Seventy eight players from Kamloops, the Okanagan and around the Fraser Valley enjoyed the extra roll provided by slick drought conditions on the course, resulting in some excellent scores.

Patti Traquair of Mission captured the Emil Anderson Trophy for her Overall Low Gross score of 170, while Tanya Desjarlais of Lacarya Golf Club took the Finning Canada Trophy for Overall Low Net with a score of 136. Larry Ortis, president of the Hope Golf and Country Club, presented both trophies.

Local winners included Bianca Wallbank, 1st Low Gross in the 1st flight; Virginia White, 2nd Low Gross in the 1st flight; Shelley Simpson, 2nd Low Gross in the 3rd flight; and Diane Field, 3rd Low Net in the 3rd flight. Allison McNeill, daughter of local club member Alvin Towriss, bagged 3rd Low Gross in the 2nd flight.

Local player Ruth Bangay cashed in on one of the nine deuces scored over the weekend.

The weekend kicked off on Friday, with a practice round and evening appetizers, followed by a putting contest. First prize went to Patti Traquair. Putting contest organizer Shelley Simpson said an enthusiastic crowd cheered the contestants on, making for a very successful competition.

A delicious turkey banquet prepared by chef Gloria Byerlay and her capable staff topped off a full day of golfing Saturday.

Tournament Chair Keren Hasell welcomed players at this time and honoured Patti Traquair for her Saturday low gross score of 82, and Tanya Desjarlais for her Saturday low net score of 64.

Rhonda Merritt of the BC Golf Association was thanked for her 35-year tournament participation, Donna Archer of Delta for 28 years, and Bev Nutt of Langley for over 20 years.

The always-popular band of Wylie and the Other Guy got the whole room up and dancing to old-time rock ‘n roll after the meal.

As in previous years, tee boxes were decorated with beautiful potted flowers supplied by local Ladies’ Club members.

After the prize presentations on Sunday evening, Tournament Chair Keren Hasell thanked the players for their support, gave kudos to the many committee members, volunteers, sponsors and staff for an excellent job in making the tournament a real success, and invited all the players to return again next year, when the tournament will be on August 24 and 25.


Bianca Wallbank, at hole #9 on the Hope Golf Club course, has been coming to the annual ladies tournament for 10 years. Greg Laychak/Black Press

June Lowe has attended the Hope Ladies’ Golf Tournament for 25 years. Greg Laychak/Black Press

Virginia White is a regular at the annual ladies’ golf tourney in Hope, she has been coming for 15 years. Greg Laychak/Black Press

Bianca Wallbank, in black shirt, hugs Virginia White after sinking a put during the 43rd annual Hope Ladies’ Golf Tournament. Greg Laychak/Black Press

Ruth Bangay at hole #9 on the Hope Golf course during the 43rd annual Hope Ladies’ Golf Tournament. Greg Laychak/Black Press

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