Saturday, July 19th, 2008
The Brandon, Manitoba team of Alison Carter-Squire and Charlotte Evanyshyn and the team of Debbie Iverson and Lorraine Koehler tied for first place at the 2008 Lady Bug women’s golf tournament Friday at Minot Country Club.
Combined, the four have won 11 Lady Bug championships. Evanyshyn, Iverson and Koehler have all won three times, while Carter-Squire has won two.
Teamwork is the secret to success for Iverson and Koehler.
“You know, we ham-and-egg-it here, we just do,” said Koehler, who runs Condor Petroleum in Tioga along with her husband Ronald. “If she’s playing good I usually am not. Sometimes I’m playing good and she isn’t.”
After finishing the two-day, par-points tournament with identical scores of 118, the teams had the option of breaking the tie with a playoff or a coin flip, but chose instead to split the winnings.
“I just think it was the best way to go — it’s all about the fun anyway,” said Evanyshyn, who competed for the ninth time at the Lady Bug.
Koehler flew in from Florida to play in her seventh Lady Bug. Each time she’s paired with Iverson, who lives in Tioga. The two met 10 years ago at the country club in Tioga and have been friends ever since.
Both enjoy the Lady Bug for multiple reasons.
“It’s this friendship and tradition,” Koehler said. “It’s a great tournament. The Minot Country Club does a fabulous job running it. It’s by far the best.”
Play started an hour late because of cold and rain, but that didn’t keep Evanyshyn from shining.
“Compared to Manitoba, this is nothing,” she said. “This is like a cake walk.”
Koehler and Iverson bundled up to beat the cold.
“We were just trying to survive out there. It was cold and it was windy,” Koehler said. “I had a ski jacket on and (Iverson) brought me winter gloves that I cherished.”
Evanyshyn learned of the Lady Bug by word of mouth and upon experiencing it for the first time, she was hooked. She’s been making the three-hour drive to Minot ever since.
“The way we look at it is we’re winners before we even hit the golf course,” Evanyshyn said. “It’s a three-day holiday and they treat us so good down here. It’s not even about the golf really.”