The hardware given away at the end of the 2019 Canadian Women’s Mid Amateur & Senior Championship went to a select few Tuesday afternoon but all the competitors got a special little something to take home.

Aluminum water bottles purchased with a donation from the Town of Osoyoos were a hit with the 138 lady golfers who competed at the Osoyoos Golf Club over the weekend.

The ladies with whom we spoke thought the red bottles that sported both the competition and Town branding — and individual competitor names — were a nice touch.

“I love it. It’s a beautiful colour; it keeps the water nice and cold,” said Nova Scotia’s Debbie Arsenault. “And the idea that you’re getting rid of the plastic is a wonderful thing.”

Cold water — on a string of hot Osoyoos days — and environmentally friendly were common themes.

“You can put ice in it and it keeps  the water cold,” said Thunder Bay’s Susan Wright Cassan. “That’s important when it’s 35C outside. “It’s my souvenir.”

“I’ll use it until I lose it,” added New Brunswick’s Leanne Richardson.

Even champion Judith Kyrinis, who took home the lion’s share of the championship’s trophies, was going to make the most of yet another prized possession.

“It was great. It was very, very hot here. To reduce all the plastic waste, I’m all for that,” she said. “And it’s red — my favourite colour.”

The reusable bottles kept more than a thousand single-use water bottles out of the local waste stream, organizers suggested.

The Town contributed $2,000 to purchase the 200 water bottles.

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