~ By Moe Hays
Dylan Kerbrat, from the Hirsch Creek Golf Club in Kitimat has dominated events at the Prince Rupert Centennial course for the past year.
The Kitmat Junior golfer was victorious at the Prince Rupert Junior Jubilee tournament last summer and captured the Mens Jubilee Open title in June.
On Sunday, a par, birdie, eagle start, propelled Kerbrat to final round 68 and a successful defence of the Junior Open on the Centennial Course.
A field of 15 Junior boys from Smithers, Kitimat and the host club, participated in the only Junior Open held in the Northwest Zone this summer After enduring a wet Saturday, the boys were treated to a fine summer day for the final round.
Kerbrat, opened the tournament, with a three over par (73) round and was two strokes in front of Nathan Cachia (Smithers GC) and led Stenn Sundin of the host club by four strokes going into the Sunday round.
The two under par round, is the first competitive round, in the sixties for the Kitimat sharpshooter, giving him a two day total of `141, sixteen shots in front of Sundin and Cachia.
Sundin was awarded the Championship Fight Gross win in a tie breaker over the Smithers Junior, while Joel McSorely of Prince Rupert took Low Gross in the First Flight.
Matthew Venditelli (Prince Rupert) was Overall Net winner by two strokes over Rhys Wilson from Smithers. Marcel Barralon (Prince Rupert) took Net honours in the First Flight. Runner-up spots for Gross, went to Smithers brothers Nathan and Jacob Cachia, while 2nd Nets were taken by Dustin Keehn and Dallis Kerbrat.
Special commendation goes to Prince Rupert players competing in their first event, with JJ McMunn taking a Closest to Pin and Long Drive Award, Justin Fontaine was runner-up in the Saturday chipping competition and Marcel Barralon took First Fight Low Net.
Tournament Chairman, Pam Hays, did another outstanding job for the kids, with help from Club Caterers, Cu and Ha Phan, and donations of snacks and treats from Tim Hortons and Canada Safeway.
The Junior event is funded with proceeds from the weekly Mens Day competitions at the Centennial Course.
The Golf Club has a Two person Mid August event planned for August 20 and 21. Details are available at the Pro Shop.
In The Rough extends best wishes to long time Golf Club volunteers Neil Forman and Donna Viereck, who have been experiencing some Health issues. We are hopeful we will see these folks back at the course, soon.