Sports Briefs: Sept. 28

Brief sports stories and updates for the week of Sept. 21 to 28.

Final Men’s Day on the green

It was an exciting way to conclude the last golf Men’s Day of the season. Four teams tied for first place in the scramble, with a score of 62. After a chip-off to determine the winners, the team of Iain Cullen, Richard Wright, JJ Paul and George Kuntz took first place.

Following behind was the team of Layne Young, Mike Zawislak, Kelly Lattimer and Danny Cook. In third place was Dylan Lawrence, Mike Ikari, Ray Kierce and Even DesChamp. Concluding the four-way tie was a team made up of Brody Bishop, Darren Chow, Brent Blow and Jesse Sawka.

In fifth place, with a score of 63, was the team of Derek Ridgeway, Danny Wright, Kevin Carpenter and Frank Repole.

Doug Kydd won the putting contest.

Rugby team attends training

Over 60 rugby players from Prince Rupert to Prince George attended a two-day training camp in Smithers from Sept. 17 to 18.

The all-girls camp was open to athletes from Grades 7 to 12, whether rookies or experienced players. The camp was led by Darcy Patterson, from BC Rugby and coach of elite rugby teams.

A senior team made up of players from Prince Rupert and Vanderhoof went undefeated in three games at the clinic. The collaborated group beat teams from Smithers and Prince George before tying the senior team from Houston.

The Big Assist program returns

Back for a second season, the Big Assist program offers reduced registration fees to kids that haven’t played minor hockey before.

Prince Rupert Minor Hockey Association (PRMHA) will charge new players $75 for registration and a jersey fee, as opposed to the $325 regular players pay, although that cost is just $200 for early registration.

“If we can get kids playing now to fall in love with the sport and play throughout their lives, then I think we have done our jobs,” said PRMHA president Bruce Watkinson.

More than 20 players are registered through the program already this year. There were 35 new players last season.