Local golfer Kirby Dreher has a challenging four days ahead of her.Starting Thursday, Aug.25 and ending on the 28, Dreher will be competing in the CN Canadians Women’s Open, Canada’s only LPGA tour event.- Advertisement -The 76-hole tournament is being played at the Hillsdale Golf & Country Club in Mirabel, Quebec. The tournament will include 156 players which will be reduced to the lowest 70 scores and ties after two rounds of play.Dreher will play in group 38, beginning her first round at 12:50 p.m. on the tenth tee. Her group will also include fellow competitors Jennie Lee and Jenny Shin.This is not the first time Dreher has teed off at the Quebec course, as she has played Canadian Women’s tour events there before. However, after playing a few practice rounds, she says the course is much more challenging this time around, being much longer off the tee and the greens being significantly faster.Regardless of the course conditions, she says she just has to go out, follow her game plan, not get caught up in the emotional aspect of golf and most importantly, enjoy the experience.Advertisement She says she feels confident entering the tournament, as her swing feels good, she’s hitting the ball straight and she will have the support of her family throughout her entire time on the course. Dreher’s caddy will be her brother; someone who she said knows her game quite well, which will benefit her on the course.Dreher wants to thank everyone from her home town of Fort St. John for their support.For more information on the golf tournament or for a list of the results, check out the tournament’s official website.
Born Imogene Kennedy on Oct. 13, 1918, in Philadelphia, Miss., Schmidt grew up on a farm, one of eight children. She graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Tennessee in 1941, joined the Army and was one of 99 Army and Navy nurses stationed in the Philippines. After Japan attacked in 1942, they found themselves treating casualties in open-air field hospitals on the Bataan Peninsula. Few had seen combat conditions before. When the Philippines fell, they were sent to the rocky island fortress of Corregidor, where they were under nearly constant shelling while working in an underground hospital. Some nurses were able to leave before Corregidor fell in May 1942 and “we always thought we’d be going also, until the Japanese came into the tunnel,” Schmidt recalled in Diane Burke Fessler’s book “No Time for Fear: Voices of American Military Nurses in World War II.” Seventy-seven women were interned in Manila, where they refused the tea offered “because we thought they were trying to poison us,” Schmidt recalled in the book. While in the camp, they continued to treat other military and civilian prisoners while staving off starvation, sometimes by eating weeds. They were freed in 1945 when a U.S. tank crashed through the gates. “We heard a lot of rumors about the Americans coming for us but were still surprised when they did come,” Schmidt said in “No Time for Fear.” “I had begun to feel that the Americans thought we weren’t worth saving, and to look at how scrawny we were, we probably weren’t.” Schmidt later married a fellow prisoner, Richard Schmidt, and they settled in California. She continued her nursing career in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena. “She was not at all bitter about the experiences,” her daughter said. “It was just part of life and it was an important part of her life.” Her mother didn’t consider herself heroic, she added. “She simply was doing her duty,” she said. In addition to her daughter, Schmidt is survived by a son, Richard Schmidt, of Southern California; two sisters, a brother and four grandchildren.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CAñADA FLINTRIDGE – Jean Kennedy Schmidt, one of the nurses dubbed the “Angels of Bataan” who treated U.S. troops battling Japanese forces in the Philippines during World War II and were prisoners of war for nearly three years, has died. She was 88. Schmidt died March 3 at her home due to complications from a fall, her daughter, Susan Johnson of Bemidji, Minn., said Friday. With Schmidt’s death, only three of the nurses are believed to be alive, said Elizabeth M. Norman, who wrote the 1999 book, “We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan.” “She had a wonderful spirit,” Norman said in a published report. “She loved these women she was imprisoned with, and she said she knew them as well as the back of her hand.”