September 26, 2023
VICTORIA, BC (PGA of BC) - Christine Wong is your 2023 PGA of BC Women’s Champion and two-time tournament winner after a dominant wire-to-wire victory at Victoria Golf Club Monday and Tuesday which saw her compile birdie after birdie.
Wong (University Golf Club), who also won the title in 2020, enjoyed a magnificent start to her tournament, ending Round One in control of the leaderboard. Six birdies Monday gave her a two-point advantage in the Stableford event over her closest challengers Kat Kennedy (Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club) and Kyla Inaba (Predator Ridge Resort), and some breathing room heading into today’s final round.
“My goal was just hit the fairway, hit the green and make as many birdies as I could out there. I just tried to keep a steady mind,” said Wong. “I had my friend caddying for me, which helps with the mental and keeps me calm. It’s nice to have someone around, rather than just me and my golf bag, so I kept a really positive mindset all day.”
Elite ball-striking and enviable play around the greens were themes throughout Wong’s second round. While several competitors upped the ante and made a push for her lead, she was able to fend them all off with another birdie barrage. Six more on Tuesday with only a single bogey helped Wong cruise to a nine-point margin of victory, ultimately accruing 79 total Stableford points.
“Being a two-time champion has a cool ring to it. Last year I didn’t play as well as I could have. This year, I just went in with a really, really good vibe,” said Wong. “In the past, whenever I’ve made a lot of birdies, I tend to get a little nervous. Today I was just in good spirits, limited my mistakes and gave myself a lot of chances.”
Four competitors tied as Championship runners-up. Shania Remandaban (Vancouver Golf Club), Stephanie Wong (Point Grey Golf & Country Club), Sandra Comadina (McCleery Golf Course) and Kennedy all totaled 70 Stableford points apiece. Christine and Stephanie’s strong play ensured the leaderboard was a family affair.
The PGA of BC is proud to award a purse of $5,000 to the top-nine and ties. With her victory, Wong took home $1,250.
The Association’s tournaments would not be possible without support from our generous sponsors. We extend our appreciation to supporting sponsor Fresh Golf Solutions and Founder/Lead Recruiter Scott Kolb for their contributions which helped grow the purse.
We also extend our deepest gratitude to host facility Victoria Golf Club. Thank you to Head Professional Lindsay Bernakevitch and the entire VGC team for their immeasurable hospitability and tireless efforts during the Championship.
For the full leaderboard, including purse breakdown, please click here.