The Royale Cup Canadian Senior Women’s Golf Championships will be held in August, 2013 at the Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club.
Michael Loftus of Golden West Golf Group, owners of Spallumcheen and The Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville, received the good news this week.
“We were accepted for 2014 but we were asked to host it a year earlier,” said Loftus. “It’s a good thing for the city and good thing for the golf course. This is a good community and we’re likely bringing more national events to Vernon and Spallumcheen.
“Spall meets the RCGA standards; they like what we have. We may have to have the course play a little longer than usual so the tees will be a combination of whites and reds.”
Loftus said there was a strong field of 150 at last year’s three-round Canadian tournament, won by Mary Ann Hayward of Ontario, at The Morningstar track.
“There is some great talent out there. We had 11 players from the U.S., two from New Zealand and one from the U.K. I was amazed that almost every player brought their spouse so it will help the hotel business.”
The team trials will be held in conjunction with the national tournament so the top players from each province will have to qualify.
Loftus said scores of volunteers will be required, including a live scorer for each player.
Kyle Wiebe, tournament director at Spall, will be seeking corporate sponsorship from the North Okanagan.
The national championship is open to players turning 50 by the first scheduled day of competition. Players will earn world amateur ranking points at the event.