Last week’s Champion of Champions golf game ended with Comox taking the trophy, and next year’s game along with it.
With Sunnydale Golf Club member Bev Byerley’s win, Sunnydale gets next year’s Champion of Champions game; a disappointment for local golf star Karen Kloske, whose back-to-back wins over the past two years, and another in 2000, have brought the game to the March Meadows Golf Course three times.
Although Kloske didn’t make it for a third win in a row, she gave Byerley some strong competition. The two were tied by the end of hole 18.
During a sudden death playoff on the par three first hole, Kloske fell back as the result of a three-putt.
“It was a straight putt, so I leaned it,” Kloske said.
The golfer chalks her loss up to performance anxiety. On the front nine, Kloske was up on Byerley by six strokes, with a score of 41 to Byerley’s 47.
“Bev is usually a very consistent player,” Kloske said.
The loss comes shortly after a win, with Kloske having recently won the Gorge Vale Field Day Doubles Tournament (a best ball tourney) in Victoria with her friend Alison Murdoch.
The Champion of Champions loss isn’t weighing too heavily on Kloske, who will have a few more chances this summer to shine. She has at least three big golf tournaments lined up over the course of the summer to participate in.
“I have three more to golf better at,” she said.
In advance of these tournaments, she’s developing some methods of working on her performance anxiety, including mental tricks at the practice range, to help prepare herself in advance of hitting the links.
She certainly plans on going to next year’s Champion of Champions round of golf at the Sunnydale Golf Club.
“I hope to bring it back next year,” she said.