BY ZACHARY CORMIER
A local golfer is celebrating another successful year on the links after competing in the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship at Wolf Creek Golf Resort in Ponoka last week.
“I finished tied for 12th, which wasn’t exactly what I wanted to happen but that’s okay,” said Lacombe’s Lynn Kuehn of her play at the tournament, where she shot a 235 over the course of the three round tournament, which featured the best senior lady golfers in Canada.
Although it wasn’t quite the result that she was looking for, the 17 time Lacombe Golf and Country Club ladies’ champion said the experience of being able to represent the City on the national stage so close to home was a special one.
“A bunch of friends came and watched us through the last round, which was kind of awesome,” said Kuehn, who has been a regular competitor at the prestigious tournament since 2009 and has had the opportunity to golf courses all over Canada from P.E.I to B.C. and everywhere in between.
Despite that, this is the first time that she has had the opportunity to compete in the tournament in her home province. Not only that, but it was just a half hour north of where she lives.
“It was good that we knew the course but it was bad because then you’re hosting people and it takes you out of the usual stuff you do for tournaments,” Kuehn said of being able to play on a course that she has golfed before.
The defending Alberta Senior Ladies’ champion was able to put together a couple of solid rounds of golf throughout the week, enough to have her best finish at the tournament since she tied for fifth in P.E.I back in 2012.
“I think, maybe, because my short game is getting better. I still need some work on it, obviously, but I think my game is getting better,” she said, adding she’s getting better at learning to hit to a spot rather than going for the green on every shot. “I think I’m getting smarter in my old age, maybe,” she laughed.
The top 15 finish at the national championships was just the cherry on top of an overall great year of golf for Kuehn, one that saw her pick up an early win at the Lethbridge Country Club Ladies Open in June and followed by winning the Alberta Senior Ladies’ Championship at Olds Golf Club earlier this month.
“I’m getting more used to the competition and not as nervous as maybe you used to get when you’re younger,” Kuehn said, adding at both of those tournaments she was happy with how consistently she played.
“Usually I don’t have two solid rounds, I usually have one round that kind of sucks,” she laughed.
“I’ve had a good year, really.”