The Wood Trophy is staying at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club.
A team from NOTL recaptured the historic cup for the second straight year (and eighth time since 2012) by coming out on top during a head-to-head competition at Rockway Vineyards Golf Course in St. Catharines.
Margot Richardson, Lisa Allen, Yolanda Henry and Maria Townley combined for the four total lowest net scores, helping NOTL bring home the championship cup.
They were among 11 NOTL golfers in all who travelled to Rocky to compete for the trophy. The best four net scores (after handicaps are deducted) counted toward the final outcome.
NOTL beat out teams from Bridgewater Country Club, Cardinal Lakes, Lookout Point, Peninsula Lakes, Port Colborne, Rocky, Sawmill, St. Catharines and Twenty Valley.
Richardson also was named winner of the Flo Monroe Trophy for shooting the best senior low net score. Richardson also won the title last year.
“This is an annual district tournament with a long history and we’re pretty proud of ourselves,” team captain Martha Cruikshank said.
The Wood Trophy has been in existence for nearly 60 years and takes its name from the Wood Manufacturing Company in St. Catharines.
Anne Wood donated the original trophy in 1966.
The tournament allows participants to play different courses, enjoy a nice luncheon and meet new people. It also provides a venue for golfers of all ages and talent levels to compete.
Flo Monroe was one of several Niagara golfers, (including Alice Holt, Margie Rae, Cathy Sherk, Kay McNiven, Alison Hall, Marj Comfort, Doris Ransom, Marg Abbott, Peggy Mango, Ella Williams, Anne Sharpe and Shirley Romanow), who played together for many years.
They often would travel and play in North Carolina, where some of them owned condos.
After Monroe died, Sherk and Roman dedicated a trophy in her name. Since Monroe was about a 28 handicap, the trophy was for best net score.
GOLF UPDATE: Heavy rains forced the NOTL Golf Club to close for most of this past weekend and for a few days last week, cancelling most of the club’s popular leagues.
But golf course superintendent Mike Magwood’s team spent many hours pumping water that accumulated around the links and players returned on Monday.
Everyone is hoping the torrential downpours are over.
The Tuesday women’s leagues were back and reigning club champion Louise Robitaille had the best low gross score with 79 in 18-hole play. Next were Lisa Allen (92), Yolanda Henry (95), Martha Cruikshank (96) and Cathy Murray (98).
Robitaille also was low net (71), followed by Sharron Marlow and Allen (76), May Chang (78) and Murray (79).
Closest to the pin winners were Allen (#4) and Cheryl Yamamoto (#9).
Charlotte Kainola won the nine-hole women’s Carmichael Cup competition, with Bonnie Lamourie and Linda Williams tied for second. Gross score winners were Diana Dimmer, Judy Wright and Suzanne Watson.
Dimmer was closest to the pin on #9 and Trish Anthony had the longest drive on #8.
Norm Kerr was top dog in Tuesday’s WOOFs league, with a 39. Gerry Shelly was low net (35) and Neville Da Silva was closest to the pin on #4.
In Couples League action last Friday, before the rain returned, Maria and Brodie Townley, Cheryl and Rob Yamamoto were first with a 2-under 34. Janice and Jim McMacken, Victoria and Joe Interisano were next, also with 34.
Third place went to Gail and Norm Kerr, Sheila and Larry Blight (36) and fourth to Carolyn and Drew Porter, Bonnie Lamourie and Ron Newman (36).
Drew Porter was closest to the pin on #4 and Bernard Marlow and Eileen Hanna sank the longest putts on #2.
On Thursday, July 20, in men’s league competition, Matt Szczurko was the top shooter, carding an even-par 36 while also collecting prizes for hitting the longest drive on #1 and closest to the pin on #4.
Sam Ridesic was first in modified Stableford scoring, with 23 points.
Other winners: Paul Sheletowsky (closest to the pin in two on #2), James O’Connor (longest putt #6) and Earl Shore (closest to pin #9).
Gross skins winners: Ricky Watson (#1), Stephen Jenkins (#2), Dan Regan (#4), Peter Falconer (#5) and James Grigjanis-Meusel (#8). Net skins: Falconer (#5) and Shore (#9).