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Whistler racer just off podium at Big Bear

Sports briefs: Whistler Golf Club wins two PGA of BC Awards; Women's Squash week event coming
BEARING IT Claire Buchar, shown here competing at Crankworx in 2018, took fourth at the Intense U.S. Open Downhill in California on the weekend. <ParaStyle:CUTLINE\:CUTLINE Credit>Photo by Fraser Britton/Crankworx

Whistler's Claire Buchar was narrowly off the podium at the Intense U.S. Open Downhill at California's Big Bear Mountain Resort on Sept. 15.

Taking fourth, Buchar finished roughly 2.8 seconds back of third-place finisher Camila Nogueira of Aspen, Colo. but was 12.5 seconds behind winner Jill Kintner of Bellingham, Wash. Coldstream, B.C.'s Vaea Verbeeck ended up in second.

Buchar said on Instagram that she'd been battling a chest cold in the lead-up to the race and while she didn't perform her best, was glad she suited up.

"I don't get the opportunity to race these kinds of events much anymore so I didn't want to sit it out. Crowd and vibe was awesome and finishing 4th was a bonus," she posted.

Buchar's husband, Chris Kovarik, took 13th in the men's elite race, placing 9.9 seconds back of champion Loic Bruni of France.

Whistler Golf Club wins two PGA of BC Awards

The Whistler Golf Club was honoured twice when the Professional Golfers' Association of BC revealed its regional awards recipients on Sept. 17.

Head professional Alan Kristmanson walked away with the Executive Professional of the Year Award, while the club also took home the Ben Colk Golf Shop of the Year Award.

Winners will be honoured at River Rock Casino and Resort in Richmond on Oct. 16.

Women's Squash Week event coming Sept. 19

The Whistler Squash Club and Meadow Park Sports Centre are joining forces to host a Women's Squash Week event on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Local women from Whistler and Pemberton are encouraged to come to a clinic at the sports centre to try the sport from 6 to 8 p.m.

"The idea is to inspire women to try a new sport or get back on court after an extended absence," Carol Eberhard said in a release.

Eberhard, along with her daughter Sage, will serve as Whistler's ambassadors and hosts for this year's event.

The clinic will include instruction, hands-on drills and "games with a social component," per the release.

To register, visit or email Eberhard at

In addition to the local Whistler group, 25 other clubs all across the province are set to participate in Women's Squash Week.

Lundy ties for 36th at Canadian Men's Seniors Championship

Pemberton's Lance Lundy proved himself as one of the country's top golfers at the Canadian Men's Seniors Championship last week.

In the tournament, held from Sept. 10 to 13 at Scarborough, Ont.'s Cedar Brae Golf Club, the Big Sky Golf Club member tied for 36th with a four-day score of 21-over-par (305).

Lundy was fairly consistent, starting with rounds of 76 and 75 before posting back-to-back 77s.

Gene Elliott of West Des Moines, Iowa ran away with the crown with a six-under-par 278, five strokes better than Brooklin, Ont.'s Ashley Chinner and six up on Oakville, Ont.'s Lars Melander.

Full results are available at