Shelley Stouffer regains the championship trophy of the Mount Brenton Golf Club’s ladies’ tournament. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Shelley Stouffer regains the championship trophy of the Mount Brenton Golf Club’s ladies’ tournament. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Stouffer in a class of her own without Proteau in the field

Fairwinds golfer captures Mount Brenton ladies’ golf tournament by 15 strokes

It was Shelly Stouffer’s turn.

The Fairwinds golfer has basically been alternating with Port Alberni’s Christina Proteau as champions of the Mount Brenton Golf Club’s ladies’ amateur tournament the last several years.

With Proteau away playing in the B.C. Mid-Amateur at Osoyoos Sunday that conflicted with Mount Brenton, it gave Stouffer a clear shot at the title. She took full advantage with rounds of 74 and 71 for a 151 total that gave her a 15-stroke win in low gross.

Stouffer first won the tournament way back in 1993 under her maiden name Comadina. Since 2008, only one player other than Stouffer or Proteau has captured top spot at Mount Brenton.

Proteau won in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018, with Stouffer prevailing in 2012, 2015, 2017 and now 2019.

Young Alexandra Foston of Nanaimo, just 20, and Holly Saunders were well back of the leader, tied at 166. Sally Dobler from Morningstar had a 170 while Darleen Michel of Mount Brenton and Colleen Wheatley tied for fifth at 177.

Sandra Deptford from Mount Brenton was the low net leader at 144, one ahead of Linda Wall. Georgina Hermans from Cottonwood had a low net 146.

Stouffer, 49, is on the verge of becoming a senior and will be able to play in the B.C. Mid-Amateur (25 and over), Mid-Master (40+) and Senior (50+) tournaments next year.

“I’m looking forward to it,” she said. “There’s lots of tournaments.”

Stouffer missed Proteau at Mount Brenton since the two have engaged in so many recent head-to-head battles. She just focused on her own game and played consistent golf during both 18-hole rounds Saturday and Sunday.

Stouffer almost had an eagle on No. 13 Saturday, but finished with five birdies the first day and three Sunday.

“I got new clubs so that helped,” she said. “They go farther. I had to make adjustments that way.”

Stouffer has the Mount Brenton event marked on her calendar every year.

“I enjoy this course. It’s fun,” she said. “Some of the holes are frustrating, especially if you hit trees or whatever you do.”

Stouffer has improved to a +1 handicap from one last year.

“I think I’ve been putting better,” she indicated. “As we age, we get a little smarter, too.”

There were just 50 players in the field, but organizers were grateful to the golfers who enjoyed the tournament and hope they can all bring a friend next year to elevate those numbers again.

Mount Brenton Golf Club members gave up the club for two days to the ladies and many offered volunteer help to make it all happen. The greens crew had the course in fine shape, with a few tough pin placements.

Vancouver Island Caterers at the club prepared fabulous meals and provided great service.

The ladies raised $400 during the tournament for the Haven House Women’s Shelter in Nanaimo.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Young Alexandra Foston, just 20, shows she belongs in the top group of the Mount Brenton ladies’ golf tournament. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Young Alexandra Foston, just 20, shows she belongs in the top group of the Mount Brenton ladies’ golf tournament. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Alexandra Foston of Nanaimo shows a soft touch with a short chip shot to the green. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Alexandra Foston of Nanaimo shows a soft touch with a short chip shot to the green. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Alexandra Foston of Nanaimo sends her putt on target toward the flag. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Alexandra Foston of Nanaimo sends her putt on target toward the flag. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Georgina Hermans of Cottonwood keeps her head down for a strong tee shot. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Georgina Hermans of Cottonwood keeps her head down for a strong tee shot. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Precise putting puts Shelley Stouffer of Fairwinds on top of the Mount Brenton ladies’ golf tournament field. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Precise putting puts Shelley Stouffer of Fairwinds on top of the Mount Brenton ladies’ golf tournament field. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sally Dobler from Morningstar follows through nicely on her tee shot. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sally Dobler from Morningstar follows through nicely on her tee shot. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Tournament champ Shelley Stouffer of Fairwinds follows the flight of her ball. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Tournament champ Shelley Stouffer of Fairwinds follows the flight of her ball. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Alexandra Foston of Nanaimo saves one of her besttee-off shots for last on the final hole Sunday of the Mount Brenton ladies’ golf tournament. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Alexandra Foston of Nanaimo saves one of her besttee-off shots for last on the final hole Sunday of the Mount Brenton ladies’ golf tournament. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Georgina Hermans of Cottonwood chips out of a sand trap. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Georgina Hermans of Cottonwood chips out of a sand trap. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Just Posted

People skate on a lake in a city park in Montreal, Sunday, January 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The end of hugs: How COVID-19 has changed daily life a year after Canada’s 1st case

Today marks the one year anniversary of COVID-19 landing in Canada

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Employers might be able to require COVID-19 vaccination from employees: B.C. lawyer

‘An employer must make the case’ using expert science, explains lawyer David Mardiros

Heavy flows of water pooled on Davis Road after a lead to a fire hydrant burst on Thursday Jan. 21. (Jim Tredwell photo)
Fire hydrant connection burst at Davis Road and Battie Drive

Crews worked well into the night on Thursday Jan. 21 to staunch the flow of water

A pedestrian was transported to hospital after being struck while crossing Roberts Street. (Cole Schisler photo)
Pedestrian struck crossing Roberts Street

The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with police

Emergency crews were called to a semi-truck crash along the Trans-Canada Highway at Oyster Sto’Lo Road on Friday, Jan. 22. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
Semi truck crashes off the side of the highway in Ladysmith

Driver taken to hospital as precaution after single-vehicle crash Friday

Crews with Discovery Channel film as an Aggressive Towing driver moves a Grumman S2F Tracker aircraft around a 90-degree turn from its compound and onto the road on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. It was the “most difficult” part of the move for the airplane, one organizer said. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Vintage military plane gets towed from Chilliwack to Greater Victoria

Grumman CP-121 Tracker’s eventual home the British Columbia Aviation Museum on Vancouver Island

Residents of the Cowichan Valley decorated more than 55 vehicles with anti-racist slogans for a car rally in support of Cowichan Tribes on Saturday, January 24. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Dozens join anti-racism car rally and virtual panel in Cowichan Valley

Provincial ministry and BC Green caucus issue joint statement detailing concerns

Jesse Savidant, 31, is wanted by the RCMP after failing to appear in provincial court in Nanaimo in December. Police warn Savidant should be considered violent. (Photo Submitted)
Warrant out for man accused of stolen property offences across Vancouver Island

Jesse Savidant did not appear for court date in Nanaimo last month, say RCMP

Rolling seven-day average of cases by B.C. health authority to Jan. 21. Fraser Health in purple, Vancouver Coastal red, Interior Health orange, Northern Health green and Vancouver Island blue. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
2nd COVID vaccine doses on hold as B.C. delivery delayed again

New COVID-19 cases slowing in Fraser Health region

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is urging visitors to stay on designated trails after a hiker became injured in an unsanctioned area last week. (Westerly file photo)
Injured hiker rescued in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. Two more cases of the COVID-19 strain first identified in South Africa have been diagnosed in British Columbia, bringing the total to three as of Jan. 16.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. now has three cases of South African COVID-19 variant, six of U.K. strain

Both variants are thought to spread faster than earlier strains

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker in an undated photo from social media. The couple has been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
Great Canadian Gaming CEO resigns after being accused of sneaking into Yukon for vaccine

Rod Baker and Ekaterina Baker were charged with two CEMA violations each

Police discovered a makeshift nightclub in a Vancouver apartment on Jan. 23, 2021, and say it wasn’t the first time this month officers have been called to the unit over social gathering concerns. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Doorman of makeshift ‘booze-can’ in Vancouver apartment fined; police look to court order

This marks the fourth complaint about social gatherings inside the apartment in January

Local musician and artist Daisy Melville created a watercolour portrait of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders from the recent American inauguration, and with help from her mom, is now selling t-shirts and more with funds going to the Comox Valley Food Bank. Image submitted
Island artist turns Sanders inauguration meme into art for good

All proceeds from the sale of shirts, sweaters and more will go to the Comox Valley Food Bank

Most Read