Kaitlin Troop (right) hugs her mother Jayne. (CHRIS JASTER/BRANDON SUN)
WASAGAMING — When Jayne Troop finished her women’s qualifying round at the 80th annual Tamarack golf tournament on Monday, she hoped she wouldn’t win the countback.
She was in a three-way tie for the final spot in the championship flight after shooting an 88 and, although she had never reached that flight before, she wanted to avoid it as it set up a quarter-final with her daughter Kaitlin. As fate would have it, Jayne won the countback and on Wednesday she went head-to-head with her top-seeded daughter in match play.
Despite a lot of heckling between the two at their cabin the past couple of days, and a few threats from Jayne, Kaitlin emerged victorious, 5 and 4.
"I tried bribing her," Jayne joked. "I tried almost drowning her in the water the other day, I was threatening her with her inheritance, but none of it worked."
Jayne, who lives in Brandon, feared that she would get smoked in the match and wouldn’t get past the 10th hole. However, she won a pair and was happy with the result.
She thought Kaitlin, who grew up in Brandon but now lives in Calgary, might be taking a few holes easy to be nice, but the younger Troop denies it.
"She was playing well," Kaitlin said. "… I did everything I could to keep her at bay. She was having a good match."
Kaitlin took control of the match late in the back nine, where they started their round, by rolling off four straight birdies.
The match drew a bit of a following, much of which was family, and there was even more family on the course.
Jayne’s sister Jody Bieber was also part of the foursome, facing Winnipeg’s Sarah Stebeleski, who beat Kaitlin in last year’s final. Stebeleski won their quarter-final 6 and 5.
With so much family around, both Troops had a blast on the Clear Lake Golf Course.
"I enjoyed being out with my family," Jayne said. "…I know it gave a lot of people a lot of laughs."
"It was fun," added Kaitlin. "… This tournament is such a family event for us."
In Wednesday’s other women’s quarter-finals, Calgary’s Colleen Sinclair built an early lead and hung on to beat Winnipeg’s Trish Jordan 2 and 1, while Shari Forsythe-Hohm, from Esterhazy, Sask., came back from two down with three holes to go to beat Brandon’s Chris Coulter on the second extra hole.
Sinclair faces Kaitlin Troop in one of Friday’s semifinals, while Stebeleski meets Forsythe-Hohm in the other.
JUNIOR GIRLS: Third seed Tianna Slate of Brandon beat sixth seed Abby Potter of Winnipeg 9 and 8 at the Tamarack yesterday, while fourth seed Sydney Stritz of Brandon defeated Swan River’s Emily Simpson 7 and 6. Both advanced to the semifinals, in which Slate will face Erickson’s Bobbi-Rae Uhl and Stritz will take on Madison Allen of Duncan, B.C.
<B>JUNIOR REGIONALS: The Shilo Country Club is hosting the Regional Junior Team Championship on Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s equivalent to the Manitoba Summer Games, with teams representing each region competing for provincial team and individual titles in the
36-hole stroke-play event.
In the boys’ field, Westman will be represented by Austin Dobrescu, Tanner Kyle, Zach Wytinck and Joel Baron as one team and Kolby Day, Zach Whitecloud, Carson Ransom and Braden Clement as the other.
The girls’ team will be made up of Slate, Stritz, Uhl and Hayley Shanks.
CHIP SHOTS: The next stop on the Desjardins Financial Golf Tour is Sunday in Killarney … Northern Pines is putting on a junior tournament for golfers 16 and under today .… Boissevain will host a senior men’s tournament on Monday …Neepawa hosts its Rosebowl men’s match play tournament from Aug. 31-Sept. 2 … The Souris and Glenwood Golf Club is putting on a Labour Day Classic two-person Texas scramble tournament from Aug. 31-Sept. 2. There are men’s, women’s and seniors categories. Cost is $70. Contact the club at 204-483-2956.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 22, 2013