Golfers tip hats to Diamond Jubilee


The Yellowknife foursome at the Hay River Golf Club for the Lynette Storoz Memorial Tournament were, left to right, Laurell Graf, Toni Auge, Helen Lawson and Wendy Bisaro.
– Myles Dolphin/NNSL photo

Golfing attire is unique, to say the least, but participants at the seventh annual Lynette Storoz Memorial Tournament took it a step further this year by sporting colourful hats in tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Held this past weekend at the Hay River Golf Club, the event honours the memory of a member of the Ladies Golf League who died from cancer several years ago.

Seventeen participants from Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Hay River and Kelowna, B.C., played under the theme of the Diamond Jubilee, creating their own flamboyant hats for the occasion.

Organizers Leah Miltenberger and Heather Coakwell were disappointed with the turnout, expecting closer to the usual 40 or 50 participants.

“It coincides with Folk on the Rocks this year,” Miltenberger said, referring to the annual music festival in Yellowknife.

“But it’s always nice to get the ladies together and enjoy the weekend,” Coakwell said.

On Saturday, the women played 18 holes of golf, followed by another 18 holes on Sunday and an awards ceremony.

Toni Auge of Yellowknife, wearing an attractive pink hat adorned with pretzels and elbow-length opera gloves, is a longtime participant.

“My friends and I have been coming here in various combinations for years now and there are wonderful people,” she said.

She was happy to elaborate about the pretzels.

“At first, we were going to wear hats with flowers and bows, but then Princess Eugenie of York got criticized at the royal wedding for wearing a hat that resembled a pretzel,” she said. “Before I knew it, someone was buying pretzels and a glue gun.”

Miltenberger won the tournament with a score of 185, shooting 88 on Saturday and 97 on Sunday.

Hot on her heels was second-place finisher Kathy Irani who scored 188 after golfing 90 on Saturday and 98 on Sunday.

by Myles Dolphin