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'Local' golfer misses nationals despite second place finish

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Denise Wilson golfed well enough to represent Saskatchewan at the 2011 Royal Cup Canadian Women’s Senior Golf Championships last week in Swift Current.



The Burnham, Sask., native finished second at the Saskatchewan Senior Golf Championships, which was held at the Elmwood Golf Club from July 26-28, with a 22-over par 236.

Normally, that would have secured Wilson a spot on Team Saskatchewan. Wilson, however, doesn’t live in Saskatchewan, let alone Canada, for most of the year. She spends 10 months of the year in North Miami, Fla., where she teaches high school algebra, and is in the Swift Current area only for two months.

Wilson is slightly disappointed she isn’t allowed to participate in nationals, which runs from Aug. 22-26 in Whitevale, Ont., but she isn’t overly disappointed.

“If I lived here, I’d jump on it. I’d take it. Since I don’t, I don’t have to think about it,” said Wilson, who golfs out of the Elmwood Golf Club while in Swift Current. “I knew going into it that I couldn’t make the team. I could win it and get the trophy, but I couldn’t make the team … Anyway, it’s all about competition and it was here. It was ideal.”

Despite living in an ideal climate for letting people golf year-round, Wilson claims her life in Florida doesn’t allow her to get out on the course as often as people would think. Wilson actually finds it a bit of an ordeal to hit the links in Florida.

Instead of a five-minute drive to the clubhouse, as in Swift Current, she says it’s a 45-minute drive and you have to book your tee time well in advance. Golf is also much more expensive in Florida.

That is why Wilson, who moved to Florida after joining an international teaching organization following teaching students in Kimberley, B.C. for 14 years, feels lucky if she can golf three times a month.

That is also why Wilson tries to golf as much as she can when she returns to Swift Current to spend time with her family.

“It’s way too hot and you can’t do anything (in Florida during the summer) and all my family live in Swift Current,” said Wilson. “(Summers are) all about family because I don’t see them very often.

“I get a membership here and try to pay it off in two months. It’s all about golfing with my family and with my mom, who still golfs. I love it.”

Getting in as much golf as possible and spending time with family is part of the reason why Wilson entered the Senior Golf Championship.

For years, Wilson, 50, would caddie for her sister in the event. She left her sister to enter the competition as soon as she was old enough.

Unfortunately for Wilson, her sister wasn’t able to compete at senior provincials this year. She decided to enter the competition anyway, especially since it was at her home course for the summer.

The defending club champion claims she wasn’t able to take advantage of playing at home and failed to put together a full 18 holes during the first two days.

She shot an 82 (+10) in the first round and an 80 (+8) in the second before putting together a solid third round, where she shot a 76 (+4).

The provincial tournament may be the perfect ending to Wilson’s time in Swift Current. She plans to return to Florida Aug. 8.

She’s not sure if she’ll ever go to senior nationals as she’s enjoying her time teaching, but not going to nationals is something she is not concerned about.

“I’m not coming back and being a resident until I retire, so it probably won’t happen,” she said. “But I like the competition and I like playing in it.”

NOTES: Melfort’s Judy Sefton, Saskatoon’s Ann Kirkland and Lloydminster’s Jo-Anne Schiller will represent Saskatchewan in the women’s nationals. Moose Jaw’s Daryl Herchuk and Doug Gillies, Saskatoon’s George Janson and Coleville’s Gary Tuffs will represent Saskatchewan in the men’s side along with Lumsden’s Doug Mader … Swift Current’s Keith Miyashiro was the best pre-senior in the tournament with a 10-over 223.



Results from the Saskatchewan Senior Golf Championships:

Men’s Division
1 — Daryl Herchuk, Moose Jaw, 67-71-74=212 (-1)
2 — Doug Gillies, Moose Jaw, 75-73-72=220 (+7)
3 — George Janson, Saskatoon, 77-68-76=221 (+8)
T6 — Keith Miyashiro, Swift Current, 76-74-73=223 (+10)
21 — Ed Leier, Swift Current, 83-73-76=232 (+19)
T24 — Gary Marklinger, Swift Current, 78-81-77=236 (+23)
T38 — Greg Brososky, Swift Current, 79-85-77=241 (+28)
43 — Ken McCleary, Swift Current, 79-83-83=245 (+32)
T48 — Frank Urquhart, Swift Current, 81-77-91=249 (+36)
52 — Richard Selinger, Swift Current, 81-81-90=252 (+39)
62 — Richard Dunlop, Swift Current, 88-91-85=264 (+51)
T63 — Gordon Meadows, Swift Current, 92-91-83=266 (+53)

Women’s Division
1 — Judy M. Sefton, Melfort, 80-80-76=236 (+20)
T2 — Denise Wilson, North Miami, Fla., 82-80-76=238 (+22)
T2 — Ann Kirkland, Saskatoon, 81-77-80=238 (+22)
14 — Adele Manz, Swift Current, 98-89-93=280 (+64)

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