Kelowna Golf Club assistant pro nails night-time hole in one in ALS fundraiser

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Kelowna Golf and Country Club’s Associate Professional Jamie Stevens blew away his goal of 360 holes by completing 472 holes in a 24 period earlier this month as part of a fundraiser for the ALS Soceity of B.C.

From 9 a.m. on June 18 until to 9 a.m. on June 19, Stevens ripped around the Kelowna club in an effort to raise money for the ALS Society of B.C. and public awareness for the horrific disease.

During his 24 hour marathon Stevens was on fire, recording 116 birdies and six eagles, including a late night hole in one on the 13th hole.

Switching from the full course to a shorter, around-the-lake rotation for the night portion of the marathon, volunteers setup glow sticks on the pins and in the holes and acted as spotters and drivers shedding some light on the putting greens and tee boxes. Stevens and eight volunteers witnessed his second ace in five weeks and surely the first in Kelowna made at night and using a glow ball.

Congratulations to Jamie on his tremendous personal achievement and a fundraising campaign that has exceeded $5,500. For more information and to donate to this cause, visit


The skies cleared and the sun came out for the 70 golfers that continued the chase for playoff positioning at the Okanagan Golf Club’s Molson Tour recreational golf league on Monday.

The Quail Course was a challenge for the players who accumulate points with the stableford scoring system.

Among the highlights were the closest to the pin winners who included Logan Lampert, Enzo Delaåurentiis and Wade Fleming while the long drive was a blast by Darcy Sigfuson on the second hold and the long putt was nailed by Kyle Blanleil.

Here is the updated top 10 standings

1. Dennis Young

2. Dave McMahon

3. Gary Higgs

4. Jim Malazdrewicz

5. Mike Fisher

6. Cal Warren

7. Craig Foster

8. Jeff Bishop

9. Jay Heer

10. Mike Bird


Black Mountain golf course has a new set-up for golfers in the lower handicap region to further challenge themselves.

Single-digit handicappers are invited to try the gold/blue combination where golfers can play the gold tees on the par 4’s and 5’s and the blue tee on the par 3’s.

The RCGA course rating on the the gold/blue setup is 69.4 and the RCGA Slope is 125.

“It’s a great way to enjoy the course from a different distance,” said GM Eric Thorsteinson.


Christina Lake Golf Club in Christina Lake is set to host the most talented female golfers in the province July 3 to 6 for the 2012 British Columbia Golf Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships.

Located on the scenic Kettle River, Christina Lake GC (Par 72, 6,189 yards) has the Monashee and Selkirk mountains providing a gorgeous backdrop for the players who are competing to lift the Flumerfelt Cup as Amateur champion.

Coming off a double title at the 2011 Championship, Christina Proteau of Port Alberni looks to defend her impressive victory.

The format for the Women’s Amateur includes both gross and net competition. The net competition is 54-holes; gross is 72-holes (cut after 36 holes). The Mid-Amateur is a 54-hole gross stroke play competition with no cut. The Master-40 Division is for players aged 40 and older as of the first day of the competition.

The top-3 competitors from the British Columbia Women’s Amateur Championship will also be selected to represent British Columbia at the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship to be held July 24-27 2012 at Lethbridge CC in Lethbridge, Alberta.


When Jason Podollan was finishing his professional hockey career, finding a place to call home was key. Podollan had played all over the world – including the NHL – but was seeking a place to lay down some roots. His home away from hockey was Vernon, so he naturally leaned to one of his favorite spots – Predator Ridge Resort.

“Every time I came back to Predator, I thought it was a special spot,” he explains. “I ended up staying here.”

Now that his time on the ice is finished, Podollan finds respite from the daily grind of his business career by spending time with his wife, Sarah, and the couple’s young children.

He jokingly says what started as a bachelor pad has turned into a place where he and his family can get in touch with nature, grab a coffee or hit the range at the resort’s golf course.

“There’s so much right outside my door,” says Podollan, who lives in Falcon Point. “We have hundreds of acres to explore. You can walk the dog, or grab a muffin, or take the kids to the range. There’s so much.”

Predator Ridge has also changed since he moved to the property seven years ago. “There weren’t a lot of kids at the time,” he says. “But that has really changed in recent years.”





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