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Barbara Renwick


Barb Renwick's name has been synonymous with golf since she and her parents joined Marine Drive Golf Club in the late 1940's, early 1950's. Born into a golfing family, Barb's mother was a member of the BC Women's golf team in the early forties, and Barb followed graciously in her footsteps.

Around the time she was 15 or 16 years old, Barb took her first lesson from Alvie Thompson, an assistant to Stan Leonard at the time. After Alvie moved to Toronto, she continued lessons with Jack Westover.

"I started taking lessons from Jack and did so throughout my competitive years," says Barb. Regimented practice and a competitive nature began to form an alliance which saw much success for the young Renwick. In 1961, she made her first appearance on the BC Junior Team, whose travels that year extended as far away as Point Grey. In her Canadian Junior debut (at Marine Drive), she finished 2nd behind Gayle Hitchens. Barb made the BC Team for several years, culminating in what she describes to be her most successful year, 1966.

Halifax was host to the Canadians, which then consisted of the Canadian Closed Championships and the Canadian Open. The Closed, a 54 hole medal play event, saw Barb and Marilyn Palmer deadlocked after 54 holes. Marilyn won out after a 3 hole playoff. In the Open event, match play, Barb beat the legendary Marlene Stuart Streit in the quarter finals, but fell to friend, Gayle Hitchens, on the 18th hole in the semis.

During those years in the sixties, Barb began to work in the pro shop at Marine Drive. After deciding that she didn't want to pursue a career in golf, Barb pursued other professional interests.

"The Club is a big part of my life. Most of my friends are here and many happy memories. I look forward to coming down to a place that is 'like home' to me," says Barb.

Barb was a member of the Board of Directors for three years (1993-1995), serving as Chair of the Public Relations Committee for two years and the Junior Committee for one. Her year on the junior Committee, among other things, saw the advancement of the Junior Development Program and the Junior Girls Program.

While Barb's last competitive round was in 1974, she says she is starting to get the competitive bug again, "I would like to compete at the Senior level now-although I hate to admit that I qualify. I worked with Tim Tait on my game and I am now getting back to practicing and taking more lessons-especially on my short game". Barb is thinking of taking part in some more events with an eye in competing in the US Senior Amateur.

Career highlights include:

  • Vancouver city and District Junior Champion, 1961
  • BC Junior Champion, 1961
  • Canadian Junior Runner-up, 1961
  • BC Junior Team Member, 1961, 1962
  • BC Province Team Member, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970
  • BC Women's Amateur Champion, 1964, 1968
  • Vancouver Ladies City and District Champion, 1964, 1965, 1967
  • Vancouver Ladies City and District Runner-up. 1963, 1966
  • Marine Drive Ladies' Club Champion, 1963, 1964, 1965
  • Canadian Ladies amateur Runner-Up, 1966
  • Six-time Sweeney Cup Winner (10 & under handicaps)
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