The winners of the 2011 Blossom Festival golf tournament were (from left) Cherie Baker (ladies’ low gross

Over 80 battle in Blossom Fest tournament

Web Lead

With the Creston course playing at its best and the new tees adding a challenge to all levels of player, the stage was set for a dramatic battle between Josh Coletti and Jordan Melanson (both low handicap college players from Granite Point Golf Course in Nelson), Jared McMillan from Creston, and Daniel Brown, a former Creston golfer from Kelowna, in the Blossom Festival Open golf tournament.

Coletti, with an opening 70 on the first day, took a three-shot lead into the final 18 holes over McMillan and a five-shot lead over Melanson and Brown. Brown opened with a sizzling four under par front nine, closely followed by Melanson with a 34, who birdied the sixth, seventh and eighth holes to pull within one shot of Coletti. Later in the round, Coletti needed an eagle on the par four 15th hole to tie with Melanson. Then on the 18th green, Coletti had an opportunity to pull back into a tie again, but unfortunately three putted to give Melanson the men’s championship by two shots.

Melanson, who has professional aspirations and is the captain of the Simon Fraser University golf team, summed up his round:

“I’ve been really focusing on my ball striking, and hitting the last 14 greens in regulation under a little pressure is really encouraging,” he said. “It really helps to stay focused on the next shot, which is all you can control.”

Creston golfers fared better in the lower flights with Don Price and Mike Nelson both breaking 80 to take the first and second low gross in the first flight. In the men’s second flight, local Dale Benedetti cruised home with a four-shot win over Tom Proud.

In the ladies’ flight, local perennial winner Cherie Baker won with a solid 169 total, outscoring Linda Price by two shots.

Entry numbers (84) were down this year, presumably due to the late start to the season. However, with the excellent course condition, thanks to Devon Davidson and his crew, the smooth organization of Don Price’s committee and Randy Panton and his staff, and the outstanding hospitality of the new clubhouse manager Dennis Munro, the club expects numbers to be up substantially in 2012.

Just Posted

Two minutes of silence

This year I was very upset when the requisite Two Minutes of Silence was missed/overlooked/forgotten

Disheartening to see the campaign urging Creston voters to say no

Our firefighters have been doing an excellent job within the limitations of their current facilities

Building Unity and Loving One Another

Difficult to understand that the editor has allowed an organization to take a pot shot at the Catholic Church

Creston’s Ralph Heald has been given French’s highest award for his WWII service

Ralph Heald found speaking about his WWII experiences difficult until a successful application for the rank of Knighth of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour unleashed his memories.

Locums help fill medical gaps

The Creston Valley Health Working Group has been successful in recruiting new physicians to the area, but locums are also an importantn piece in a challenging puzzle

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Uber official says public needs to push for ridesharing in B.C.

Mike van Hemmen tells Kelowna Chamber of commerce ridesharing would be ‘win-win-win’

B.C. co-ops relieved with Ottawa’s housing strategy

Federal government to have a new co-operative housing funding model in place by 2020

B.C. NDP referendum plan sparks legislature battle

David Eby says public will decide on proportional referendum

Hammy has been freed of his threads, a purple antler remains

The iconic Prince Rupert buck with a piece of hammock attached to his antlers was caught by COs

COLUMN: Taking another look at Kelowna

Columnist Donna Macdonald finds many things to love about the city Nelsonites love to hate

Court adjourned again for man linked to Shuswap farm where human remains found

Curtis Sagmoen will appear back in court on Dec. 14

B.C. family advocating for drug decriminalization following death of son

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has noted the New Democrats would decriminalize personal possession of all drugs

Most Read