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Dateline Cowichan: Downpour fails to put a damper on golf match

RAF member Jack Bibby, grandfather of Duncan’s Janet Pattenden, stands at the entrance to Duncan during the Second World War. It’s believed Bibby was in a air squad containing four members who crashed and died during a training exercise near Lake Cowichan.  - courtesy Courtesy Janet Pattenden Archives
RAF member Jack Bibby, grandfather of Duncan’s Janet Pattenden, stands at the entrance to Duncan during the Second World War. It’s believed Bibby was in a air squad containing four members who crashed and died during a training exercise near Lake Cowichan.
— image credit: courtesy Courtesy Janet Pattenden Archives

We know. The weather’s so great on the island we can ski, play golf and swim all in the same day. But actual matches? On the golf course?

In the first week of January 1923, club members refused to forego their golf, paddled around the course and came back soaked to the skin, reported the Leader. And three matches were played in the tournament for the Dickie cup. Mrs. A. Easton defeated Mrs. W. B. Harper; Mrs. J. S. Robinson came out winner in her match with Mrs. G. G. Share; and Mrs. C. M. Galt played her way into the final round by defeating Mrs. Robinson.

In the Ladies of Koksilah cup competition, A. H. Lomas defeated K. F. Duncan by one stroke. Duncan had to give his opponent nine strokes, a heavy handicap.

Meanwhile, in badminton play at Duncan’s Agricultural Hall, the Duncan team downed the visiting South Cowichan club by winning seven of eight matches.

Valley newcomer Mrs. Dawson Thomas played here for the first time, losing both her ladies’ and mixed doubles matches. Players, including Capt. G. S. Dobbie, Col. B. A. Rice, L. H. Garnett, Miss Mollie Stewart and Mrs. A. Kennington later enjoyed tea at the host club.

1923: tragedy

Chemainus mourned the deaths by drowning of Harvey McInnes, 15, Gordon Cathey, 14, and Takashi Okado, 12. The three boys lost their lives off Bear Point during a duck-shooting outing.

1923: elections

In North Cowichan elections, Reeve Aitken was returned by acclamation for the seventh time — three times as reeve and four times as councillor. Mr. H. W. Dickie replaced Mr. R. A. Thorpe on the police commission.

1923: music

Grace Auchinachie, Doris Hadden, Audrey Richmond, Peggy MacIntyre and Michael Martin were among those performing at a concert presented by Miss Monk’s pupils. The teacher was assisted by Mrs. Bischlager and Elsie Kirkham.

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