- Our Town
Golfing in the Seniors Games
By Sarah MacMillan
Golfing used to be something that Inky Whalley only did on vacation, but after moving to Chase she became more involved in the sport.
“I’ve always liked the outdoors, and my husband and I used to take the clubs on vacation. Than we moved to Chase and got involved,” said Whalley. “Plus, I live by the golf course.”
Whalley first entered the B.C. Seniors games held in Kelowna. She has since participated in the ones in Prince George, Chillawack, Surrey and Castlegar. And there is a reason she keeps going back.
“The Senior Games is about meeting new people and having a good time,” said Whalley.
She also became the zone eight golf co-ordinator four years ago, meaning that while participating in the games herself, Whalley also makes posters, phones those who participated the previous year and books the golf courses if needed.
Each zone in B.C. can send two men and two women per age category per division, and no more than 12 men and 12 women can compete per division. Within the golf there are four divisions. Women’s division ‘A’ for golfers who have an index of 0-24.3, women’s division ‘B’ for golfers who have an index of 24.4-40.4, men’s division ‘A’ for golfers with an index of 0-20.0 and men’s division ‘B’ for golfers with an index of 20.1-36.4.
However, though there are limitations to the number of people who can participate in golf, the co-ordinators do try to give everyone the chance to compete.
“We try not to refuse anyone,” said Whalley.
Golf participants at the games play in a 36-hole stroke event, meaning that two rounds of golf are played at one or more 18 hole golf courses and the number of strokes taken at each hole is counted. Gold, silver and bronze medals are then awarded to the golfers with the lowest net score and lowest gross score in each of the different categories.
However, for Whalley, it’s not about placing.
“I use it as my recreation,” said Whalley. “The B.C. Seniors Games, to me, if you get a medal that’s a bonus. It’s really about meeting new people, having fun and two days of good golfing.”
“I love being outside, and at the level I’m golfing, I just love the friendships.”
For more information about golfing, or if you would like to compete in the B.C. Seniors Games, contact Inky Whalley by phone at 250-679-8723 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the B.C Seniors Games website www.bcseniorsgames.org.