Kar­rel plays for women’s se­nior ti­tle in Pug­wash

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

Debi Kar­rel be­lieves an ef­fec­tive short game will play a big part in tam­ing Northum­ber­land Links Golf Club in Pug­wash this week­end, where she’ll be com­pete for a pro­vin­cial se­nior women’s golf cham­pi­onship.

“It’s a lit­tle bit longer than the typ­i­cal course you play be­cause it’s 5,500 yards and most of the cour­ses are around 5,300 yards, so chip­ping will come into it and putting of course,” said the 65year-old Glace Bay na­tive, who now lives in Bed­ford and golfs out of Ashburn Golf and Coun­try Club in Kin­sac.

“A lot of us here are the same hand­i­cap, but we’ll have a good chance to play well. I wouldn’t say I’m a long-ball hitter, so if I’m chip­ping and putting well, that will be it.”

Kar­rel is fa­mil­iar with the Northum­ber­land lay­out. She played in a field day draw on June 17 and fin­ished in third place, shoot­ing an 84.

She en­ters this week­end’s tour­na­ment look­ing for her sec­ond se­nior women’s ti­tle. Kar­rel last won the cham­pi­onship at Clare Golf and Coun­try Club in Church Point in 2010. She came close at The Lakes Golf Club in Ben Eoin in 2013, los­ing in a two­hole play­off to Heather Grant of the host lay­out.

Kar­rel has made the pro­vin­cial team ros­ter a to­tal of six times (2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013). She and sis­ter Patsy Si­mon, a mem­ber at Glen Ar­bour Golf Club, won the 2013 pro­vin­cial two-ball champi- on­ship held at Digby Pines Golf Re­sort and Spa in Digby.

Stand­ing in her way are the likes of de­fend­ing pro­vin­cial cham­pion Ruth Maxwell of Oak­field, as well as Northum­ber­land’s own He­len Cas­tonguay.

“It’s go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing be­cause it’s a great field and there’s a lot of good se­niors here,” said Kar­rel. “It’s go­ing to be fun.”

The 54-hole tour­na­ment with a field of 76 am­a­teur and se­nior women opens to­day and con­cludes on Sun­day.

The top three golfers and an al­ter­nate in the se­nior di­vi­sion will rep­re­sent Nova Sco­tia at the na­tional cham­pi­onship in Cam­lachie, Ont., Aug. 26-28. Also, three am­a­teurs, three mid-mas­ters, three se­niors and one su­per se­nior will rep­re­sent the province at the At­lantic Golf Cham­pi­onships at the Terra Nova Golf Re­sort in New­found­land, Aug. 14-16.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Glace Bay na­tive Debi Kar­rel is in the field com­pet­ing for the pro­vin­cial se­nior women’s golf cham­pi­onship in Pug­wash this week­end.

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