CLUB CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT OSOYOOS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

By on August 22, 2012
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The Osoyoos Golf and Country Club held its 2012 Club Championship tournament on Saturday and Sunday with a total of 92 golfers participating. Claiming the prestigious title and holding championship trophies are, from left, senior club champion John Wood, women’s champ Claudia Wood, men’s champion Greg Reely and club head professional Drew Bolokoski. Junior club champion Mitchell Kelly was not available for the photo. Photo by Keith Lacey.

John Wood and Claudia Wood aren’t related, but they do know the thrill of winning a club championship title at the Osoyoos Golf and Country Club. Greg Reely is a terrific golfer who has never shared that same excitement – until this past Sunday afternoon.
Wood was named the senior club champion after shooting an impressive 73 on Sunday for a two-day total of 152. Wood claimed the senior club championship at the Osoyoos course back in 2003.
Claudia Wood, who only moved to Osoyoos three years ago, claimed her second women’s club championship in three years by playing solid and consistent golf all weekend with a two-day total of 163 (81-82).
But the biggest smile of the day belonged to Reely, who shot an impressive one under-par 71 on Sunday to claim the men’s club championship with a two-day total of 145.
Mitchell Kelly claimed the junior club championship with an impressive 148 total (75-73).
The club championship titles were decided by each of the 92 players playing 18 holes on the Desert Gold course and a second 18 holes on the Park Meadows course over the weekend.
For Reely, claiming a club championship on his impressive golf resume was something he has been looking forward to for many years.
“I’ve been playing pretty good golf for many years now, but this is my first club championship and it’s pretty exciting,” he said. “I’ve been in the final group several times back home in Vancouver, before I moved to Osoyoos three years ago, but I never managed to break through and win it all.
“It’s a nice feeling.”
Reely played terrific on Sunday, particularly on the front nine where he was three-under par.
“And that included a double-bogey on nine, which was my only disaster hole all weekend,” said Reely, who is a five handicapper. “My putting was exceptional all weekend and I made a lot of really nice putts both days. I also managed to keep my drives in the fairway and hit a lot of good iron shots ,so everything was working very nicely.”
Being able to play with a group of good friends both days was very enjoyable, said Reely.
“I’ve played in club championships where everyone keeps to themselves, they don’t say a word and you can cut the tension with a knife,” he said. “This year, I was with a great group of friends and we were having a great time out there talking and chatting. We were obviously respectful to each other, but we were having fun and that allowed me to settle down and not be nervous and play some good golf.”
Claudia Wood said winning her second women’s title in three years is memorable.
“Any time you can win a club championship it’s always an honour,” she said. “I’m blessed to have moved to this town and play at this course that happens to have a large number of very good women golfers. It’s a real test to play your best against some tough competition and to come out on top is something I’m quite proud of.”
At the age of 72, John Wood was hoping to “shoot his age” on Sunday and came up one shot short, but still managed to win the senior championship by several strokes.
“My kids were bugging me before I went out today (Sunday) to shoot my age and I sure was trying, but I bogeyed the final hole and came up one shot short,” he said smiling.
Winning his second senior club championship almost a decade after his first is very exciting, he said.
“I played really well today after not playing my best on Saturday (79),” he said. “I was hitting my irons very well and my driver was working very well and my putter was also working … it all added up to a good weekend.”
Wood has been a member at the Osoyoos Golf and Country Club for 27 years as he used to come here on vacation each summer for many years. He made the permanent move 12 years ago.
Kelly, who left before the final presentations Sunday afternoon, earned a nice club scholarship for winning the junior club championship title.
Lorraine Lee had a big day on Sunday as well as she registerred a hole-in-one.
A total of 92 golfers participated in the 2012 club championship tournament.

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