Crystal Friesen, left, and Holly Sanders, both from Sunnydale, took the low gross prize of the qualifier for Zone 6 Social Distancing Four Ball Tournament. (Submitted photo)

Crystal Friesen, left, and Holly Sanders, both from Sunnydale, took the low gross prize of the qualifier for Zone 6 Social Distancing Four Ball Tournament. (Submitted photo)

Zone 6 golf tournaments go virtual

172 teams take part in ladies Social Distancing Four Ball Qualifier

As the old saying goes, “winners don’t do different things, they do things differently.”

This year, golf in the time of COVID went virtual for Zone 6 Ladies 18-hole Golf League, which encompasses Duncan to Port Hardy, as well as Port Alberni and Powell River.

For the first virtual tournament, held in July, clubs selected their best two-person gross and best two-person net teams using a four-ball format. Scores were compared to the 18 participating clubs and winners were determined, with adjustment for slope, rating and par at each of the various clubs.

In all, 172 teams took part with 20 teams qualifying for the Social Distancing Four Ball tournament. The overall net winners were Sandra Galloway and BarryAnne Bury from Sunnydale Golf Club (Courtenay), with Crystal Friesen and Holly Sanders, also from Sunnydale, taking the gross prize.

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The second Zone 6 Social Distancing women’s golf tournament was virtually held last August. The format for this event was Mystery Partner, with each participating club forwarding the names of their four lowest net players determined on their club’s ladies’ day the week of Aug. 10. These players were then matched up with a player from another club and the team low net winners determined.

More than 400 players participated at their clubs, with 19 clubs participating and 76 players qualifying in the virtual tournament.

The winners of Mystery Partner were Shelley Arnoldi of Storey Creek and partner Karen Vanetta of Comox. Runners up were Isabell Hayes of Fairwinds and partner Karen Williamson of Myrtle Point.

The next tournament will be the Social Distancing Gross and Net Championships, with participants playing over two days at their own club to determine the two best gross and two best net scores of their ladies. The winners will then virtually join players from other clubs in Zone 6 to determine the overall best gross and best net in Zone 6.

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