Gore wins another county title in women’s golf
For the second time, Liz Gore of the Kankakee Elks Country Club has won the Kankakee-Iroquois County Amateur Tournament championship.
The annual golf outing was held late last month at Shewami Country Club in Sheldon. Gore recorded a round of 86 over 18 holes to claim the championship flight crown.
“This tournament is very special to me, and I feel honored and humbled to have won it this year,” Gore said in a press release.
The 51st rendition of the tournament included 38 women competing in five handicap flights as well as a senior flight. The contestants represented seven different area courses.
The other winners of the remaining flights included:
• A flight, Debi Zurek, Oak Springs Golf Club, 94
• B Flight, Dolores Stam, Kankakee Elks, 92
• C Flight, Breanna Bird, Minne Monesse Golf Club, 100
• D Flight, Mary Williams, Shewami, 117
• Senior Flight, Paulette Roland, Kankakee Elks, 107
For the third year running, bragging rights for the team trophy went to the women from the Kankakee Elks, with a total of 10 team points earned by the golfers representing the course. Points are awarded to the players with the three lowest gross scores in each flight and then totaled to determine which club will display the trophy in their clubhouse for the next year.
Introduced for the first time this year was the Nancy Cyr Commitment to Excellence Award, recognizing exceptional leadership and dedication to advocating women’s golf in the area.
Named for Cyr, its first recipient, it was established to honor a person who exemplifies leadership and dedication in promoting women’s golf opportunities in Kankakee and Iroquois counties and whose efforts help us retain its rich history and promising future.
Cyr, whose aunt, Virginia Schroeder, was one of the first organizers of the tournament, has participated and been involved as a committee member and chairperson for 43 years.
“What started as just a few women playing in the background of the men’s tournament has evolved into one of the area’s premier events with its own identity,″ Ctr said.
“This tournament means so much to me, and I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award. I also must thank my husband Paul for teaching me this wonderful, sometimes frustrating, game. I don’t think he realized back then what a fanatic I would become.”
In addition to golf and camaraderie, there is a community outreach component of the event to promote junior golf in the two counties. Participants donate golf equipment, balls, gloves, etc., and buy tickets for raffles designated to raise funds for a donation to an area high school golf team.
A $400 donation last year enabled the Watseka High School team to purchase illustrated golf rule booklets for the team members. This year’s proceeds will go to Kankakee County programs to help encourage youth interest in the game.