SPORTS IN BRIEF: Golf pros tee off at Victoria Golf Club; Rowers join U23 national team; Riley McCormick named to World’s; Victoria Cougars junior sked released

Golf pros tee off at Victoria Golf Club; Rowers join U23 national team; Riley McCormick named to World's; Victoria Cougars junior sked released

Pro golf series in Victoria

It’s a tourney for the pros of pros.

The Professional Golf Association of B.C.’s professional series held its second event of 2011 at the Victoria Golf Club on Monday (June 27).

The tourney is part of a conference, with randomly drawn teams of two playing an 18-hole, best-ball format.

Derek Thornley (Richmond Country Club) and Steve Phillips (Morningstar Golf Club) split the top prize of $1,250 by shooting 65, 5-under par.

Host Scott Kolb of VGC and Brice MacDermott (Black Mountain Golf Club) were one of three teams tied for second overall at 67, with Olympic View Golf Club’s Randy Frank and Dan Swanson (Guildford Golf & Country Club) also in that tie. Kolb joined locals Kevin Maxwell (Olympic View) and Doug Hastie (Highland Pacific) by each winning a round of the skins tournament, pulling in $120 each.

The series continues at Kelowna’s Black Mountain Golf Club on Aug. 9.

 

Rowers join Canada U23 team

Victoria rowers Liz Fenje and Patricia Obee will compete at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Amsterdam, July 20 to 24.

Fenje and Obee, who once rowed together as juniors, will compete separately. Fenje, who also competes for Stanford University, is paired with Sydney Boyes of St. Catharines in the lightweight double.

Obee is going alone in the lightweight single.

Non-traveling reserves include Victoria’s Julia Thompson, a teammate with Fenje at Stanford.

 

McCormick named to World’s

Young Olympian Riley McCormick is the lone Boardworks diver named to Diving Canada’s team for the World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, China, July 16 to 24.

McCormick recently won his second NCAA Pac-10 conference diver of the year award this season, his second in two years as an Arizona Sun Devil.

An injury kept Rachel Kemp from competing at Canada’s World qualifier this spring. Kemp is still on track to compete at the 2012 Olympics, however. She placed second in Canada on the 10 metre platform at the recent Summer Senior Nationals in Edmonton.

 

No Sooke Stingers on Junior B schedule

The Victoria Cougars released their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League schedule this week with the Sooke Stingers a noticeable absence.

The Cougars open the season Sept. 8 against the Oceanside Generals. The Peninsula Panthers first visit Archie Browning Sports Centre on Sept. 22, the Saanich Braves on Sept. 29.

Without Sooke the adjusted schedule means eight games versus South division teams Kerry Park Islanders, Peninsula Panthers and Saanich Braves. The Cougars will play six games against the North division’s Campbell River Storm, Comox Valley Glacier Kings, and Oceanside Generals.

The Stingers’ franchise was frozen partway through the 2010-11 season.