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PHOTO GALLERY: Sports: Barbie and her Kens hit the links for Women’s Invitational
Honorary Barbie, Barbara Ahluwalia, is surrounded by some of the loyal Kens who helped out at the Women's Invitational. From left, Trevor Reid, Dave Gagne, Jim Panetta, Don Cruikshank and Kevin Foster. And kneeling in front, Dawson King and Sam Walker. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
Brenda Bell, Kathleen Davie and May Chang take a selfie at the Women's Invitational. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
Some of the tournament's 68 participants gather at the check-in table. Festive summer patterns and gingham were the markers of haute couture at the Barbie golf tournament. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
Some of the tournament attendees posing for a photo op inside Barbie's pink toy box — one of the attendees can be spotted in his "Kenough" T-shirt, a reference from the 2023 movie. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
Dressed in her Barbie finery, Valerie Chubey kicks up her heels to celebrate the NOTL Women's Invitational Golf Tournament. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
Golf club grounds superintendent Mike Magwood chats with Barbara Ahluwalia, the tourney's honorary Barbie. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
Martha Cruikshank, Pam Kilmer and Barbara Ahluwalia at the registration desk. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
The Barbie photo booth was popular. From left, May Chang, Lisa Allen, Robin Foster, Martha Cruikshank, Ginny Green, Marie Ellison and Susan Gagne. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
Valerie Chubey strikes a pose for Kevin "Ken Enough" Foster and Janice White. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
Linda Anderson-Kozik and May Chang decorated their golf cart, right down to a Barbie on the dash. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
Many of the women wore matching or co-ordinated outfits for the tournament. DAVE VAN DE LAAR
Tournament organizer Martha Cruikshank, left, and golfers at the check-in table. DAVE VAN DE LAAR

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club was pretty in pink Tuesday as dozens of women descended on the course for the bi-annual NOTL Women’s Invitational Tournament.

This year’s theme was Barbie and the “Barbie” movie, so pink proliferated everywhere from the attire to cart decorations, golf balls and a Barbie photo booth.

In all, 68 golfers from 18 different clubs — two-thirds of the golfers were from around Niagara and elsewhere — registered for the tourney, which was sold out within four days, said organizer Martha Cruikshank.

Longtime club member and multi-time women’s senior and super senior champion Barbara Ahluwalia was the honorary “Barbie” for the day and was on hand to greet competitors when they checked in.

She was chauffeured around the course throughout the day as part of her official duties.

“Barbie” star Ryan Gosling was not available but a team of “Ken Enough” men — including husbands, grounds crew and golf course staff — were recruited to load bags on carts and direct the golfers when they arrived.

Out on the course, there was some excellent golf played by the teams of two.

Low gross winners were Louise Robitaille (NOTL) and Betty Divok (Bridgewater), who shot 3-over 75.

Yolanda Henry of NOTL and Lynne Nyewening of Bridgewater won flight A with a net 66 (by retrogression).

Second were Cruikshank (NOTL) and Pam Kilmer (Toronto), also with 66, while Margot Richardson (NOTL) and Karen Vamplew (Picton) were third at 67.

Brenda Bell (NOTL) and Kathleen Davie (St. Catharines) won flight be with 68, ahead of Phyllis Bennett and Marianne Bowman (both of Rockway). Janet Burt and Cathie Gage (Rolling Meadows) were third.

Robin Foster (NOTL) and Bev Morden (Toronto) won flight C with 65, followed by Chris Earl and Maureen Dickson (both of NOTL) with a net 66. Gayle Tanner (NOTL) and Kim Ward were third.

Meanwhile, in men’s league play last Thursday, club champion James Grigjanis-Meusel again was tops, shooting a 1-under 35. Ted Baker had the best Stableford points total, with 23.

Grigjanis-Meusel also won gross skins for birdies on #8 and #9.

But the day’s big winner was Drew Porter, who scored $900 for winning the weekly putting contest. After weeks of no one managing the feat, Porter rolled one home one from about 30 feet for the big payday.

Other winners: Patrick Craig (closest to 150 on #1), Jim Cosgrove (longest putt #2), Ricky Watson (longest drive #3), and closest to the pin shooters, Devon Neudorf (#4) and Joe Mulholland (#9).

Gross skins went to Joe Doria (#4), Nick Elia (#5) and Craig (eagle on #6). Net skins: Don Stewart (#2), Craig (#6), Jack Hanna (#7) and Josh D’Agostino (#8).

In this Tuesday’s WOOFs scramble, the team of Brock Sansom, Adam Cutler, Hugh Hutton and Norm Kerr were tops, shooting -7.

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