CANBY, Ore. - The 2018 Women’s Interclub Play season came to a close this week as the Championship took place on Monday, October 15th at Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby, Ore. The season saw 18 Clubs from Vancouver, Wash. to Cottage Grove, Ore. competing in three divisions across two regions.
This year, the format was changed from points for Front, Back and Overall to 2 points available per hole, 1 Gross point and 1 Net point. The new format meant every hole was important as teams competed to identify an Overall, Gross and Net Division Champion within each Division who would compete in the WIP Championship.
At the end of the regular season, three Overall Division Champions were crowned. In the Portland Region, Persimmon and Lewis River/Club Green Meadows. In the Valley Region, Creekside emerged as the Overall Champion in their Division.
The Overall Championship Match was won by Creekside Golf Club who earned 86.5 points. Creekside won 44 Net Points and 42.5 Gross Points to secure their first WIP Championship Title. Persimmon would finish with 66.5 points and Lewis River/Club Green Meadows earned 63 points.
Creekside Golf Club has been part of the WIP program since 2015, where they made it to the Championship Match against Heron Lakes. Creekside would fall to Heron Lakes in 2015, but was an impressive performance in their first year.
Each Division also awarded a Gross and Net Division Champion based on points earned during the regular season who would also compete in the 2018 WIP Championship. The Gross Championship Match would play only for Gross points. The Net Championship Match would only play for Net points.
The 2018 Gross Division Champions from the Portland Region were Heron Lakes and RedTail. Eastmoreland would win the Gross in the Valley Region. The Gross Championship Match was won by Heron Lakes who earned 46 points. Eastmoreland would finish with 39 points and RedTail with 23 points.
The 2018 Net Division Champions from the Portland Region were EWGA PDX and Meriwether. Trysting Tree would win the Net in the Valley Region. Meriwether would win all 4 of their Matches and win the Net Championship Match with 44.5 points. EWGA PDX GC finished with 33.5 points and Trysting Tree finished with 30 points.
To celebrate the season, all the teams that were not playing in the Championship Matches played in a fun competition. Teams competed in a 2-person scramble with 3 teams of 2 players. Stone Creek Golf Club would win the gross award and The Oregon Golf Club won the Net award.
In 2016, Skill Shot competitions were added to each Match. Winners of each skill shot this season received a gift card as well as points towards the season long Team Skill Shot Competition. This year, Heron Lakes was the Team Skill Shot winner in the Portland Region. In the Valley Region, Stone Creek and Eastmoreland won.