During the week of August 26th, five Commonwealth countries will descend upon Royal Colwood Golf Club to vie for the ASTOR TROPHY (formerly known as the Commonwealth Cup). This event is an amateur women’s team golf tournament between Great Britain and Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. Formed in 1959, this tournament is played every four years with a format of two matches each day with the tournament lasting five days. Each match is contested over one day with foursomes in the morning and singles in the afternoon.
Canada has won the Trophy twice, first in 1979 in Australia and then again in 1987 in Canada. To mention just a few participants, you will recognize the names of some of the outstanding Canadian players, who were amateurs at the time, namely, Marlene Streit, Lori Kane, Marilyn Palmer and Dale Shaw. Notable BC players were Dawn Coe-Jones, A.J. Eathorne, and our own Naomi Ko.