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Fisher golden in Italy
Vernon’s Debbie Fisher has proven it’s never too late to hone your golf game.
Fisher, a member of the Vernon Golf & Country Club, struck gold in the Over 50 Premier division (under-12 handicap) at the World Masters Games in Torino, Italy.
Playing on the Robert Trent Jones-designed, par 72 Royal Park Course, Fisher carded rounds of 80-74-75 to claim overall low net. She was followed by an Aussie and Italian in second and third place.
“It’s my biggest accomplishment so far,” said Fisher, who whittled her handicap down to a 10 by working with Vernon head pro Shannon Glenesk. “I worked hard this year to get my handicap down. I was playing better this year than I ever have.”
Fisher, a local realtor with Re/Max, travelled to Torino with fellow Vernon club members Nancy Kurbis and Dianne Nohr, who also competed in the Premier division, and Anita Jewell, a Rec class entry.
Regarding the Royal Park track, which will host the BMW Italian Open next month, she said: “Lots of water, lots of sand and just very challenging holes. The rough was brutal. If you could find your ball in it you were lucky.”
Just as challenging as the course was the weather. Temperatures registered consistently in the high 30s (and above), and the humidity was stifling, said Fisher.
In hindsight, she added it was wise that they arrived a few days early to get acclimatized. The Vernon foursome also stayed for a week after the Games for some sightseeing, which included Lake Como, Milan, as well as several mountainside villages, castles and churches.
With 19,000 athletes from 107 nations, plus about another 30,000 coaches, spouses and team supporters in tow, Fisher wasn’t surprised that the Games were a little disorganized at first. However, she said the Italian experience and hospitality were unforgettable. In particular, she said the opening and closing ceremonies were very well received.
“The food and the wine were incredible, and the people were very nice,” she said. “They just opened the city up to us.”