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British Columbia Golf –  With one round to play in the 2016 British Columbia Golf Senior & Super-Senior Women’s Championships some familiar names are on top of the leaderboard. Five-time Sr. Women’s Champ Jackie Little (pictured at right) moved into the lead today by one shot over Holly Horwood. 

Horwood has a seven-shot lead on Phyllis Laschuk in the Super-Senior category. The final round goes tomorrow at the Kelowna Golf & Country Club.

Little Guns For Sixth Senior Title

Jackie Little collected five B.C. Women’s Amateur titles and hoped to match that total when she began the senior phase of her golfing life.

Little accomplished that goal last summer and the Hall of Famer from Port Alberni is now in a position to go one better.

Little fired a one-over 73 in Wednesday’s second round of the B.C. Senior Women’s Championship at Kelowna Golf & Country Club and with a 36-hole total of six-over 150 carries a one-shot lead over Vancouver’s Holly Horwood into Thursday’s final round. 

“It doesn’t get old,” Little said of attempting to win again. “It still means a lot. Sometimes it’s harder when you have won it because there’s only one way to go when you’re at the top. It’s a little more pressure-packed. You do it to yourself with the pressure. You have to put all those things aside and just play the game.”

Little played a steady game Wednesday. After a roller-coaster opening round of 77 that included three birdies, Little made just one birdie in her second round but finished four shots better.

Another B.C. Senior win would spoil a rather unique history of matching provincial titles for Little, who began her competitive career as a junior in her native Alberta.

“That was my goal, to win five of each, B.C. Ams and B.C. Seniors,” she said. “And in Alberta I had two Alberta Juniors, two Alberta Amateurs and I have two Alberta Seniors. So it’s kind of cool. I am quite happy about that.”

To collect B.C. Senior win No. 6, Little will have to hold off a number of close challengers. Those include Horwood, herself a two-time B.C. Senior champion. Horwood shot a tournament-best even-par 72 on Wednesday and sits at seven-over 151.

“I was pleased,” Horwood said. “Overall, I was happy with my round. I had a decent day of putting, which was good. The conditions were calm and we had a real fun group, which makes it nice.”

Horwood won back-to-back B.C. Senior titles back in 2006 and 2007. She came to the tournament thinking more about winning her second Super-Seniors title for players 60 and over. “I am thinking Super-Senior realm at this point,” said Horwood, who won that title in 2014 at Vernon Golf Club. 

“The one thing at stake is the top three make the B.C. team and go to nationals. I have done that six or seven times and it is an honour. So if I can do that I would be very happy.”

Little and Horwood will be joined in the final group by first-round leader Penny Baziuk of Sidney. Baziuk shot a seven-over 79 Wednesday and sits third at nine-over 153, three shots behind Little.

Sandra Turbide of Maple Ridge is alone in fourth place at 10-over 154. She also fired a 79 Wednesday. Josee Deslauriers of Parksville, Karen Pultz of Surrey and Lynn Kuehn of Lacombe, Alta., are tied for fifth at 155.

Horwood has a seven-shot lead on Vancouver’s Phyllis Laschuk in the Super-Senior category. Laschuk shot her second straight 79 on Wednesday.

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