Rain cancels third round of Senior Women’s Championship

Mother Nature washed out the third round of this week's Senior Women's Golf Championship at Chilliwack's Golf and Country Club.

Kelowna’s Lynda Palahniuk won the 2013 British Columbia Senior Women’s Golf Championship, taking the title at the rain-shortened event.

The tournament was held over two days at the Chilliwack Golf and Country Club.

A third round, scheduled for Thursday, was washed out, leaving Palahniuk with a three-shot win over Port Alberni’s Jackie Little.

Heather Lennie, the lone local in the event, finished 47th in a field of 54, shooting a combined 41-over-par 185 on the 5,819 yard par 72 course.

Organizers tried hard to get the final round in.

After a 40-minute delay, a handful of groups made it onto the links, trudging through sideways wind and rain to play six or fewer holes before play was halted for another hour. After careful consideration, the Committee for the Championship called it a day.

“We did everything in our power to continue, but the weather wouldn’t cooperate,” said Wayne May, British Columbia Golf’s Rules Chair for the event.

The course became unplayable in a number of spots, most notably the fifth green, which was almost completely covered water despite the valiant efforts of the CG&CC grounds crew. When all was said and done, Palahniuk was ecstatic to be named British Columbia’s top senior woman albeit in a fashion she wouldn’t have predicted.

“It feels superb. It’s been a long time coming and I feel happy today,” she said with a grin.

Palahniuk last won the British Columbia Senior Women’s Championship in 2002.

Palahniuk, Little and third place finisher Karen Putz (Surrey) will now represent the province at the Royal Cup Canadian Women’s Senior Championship, which will be played at Vernon’s Spallmucheen Golf and Country Club in Vernon Aug. 20-22.

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