Doug Kydd had played well on the first day of the Prince Rupert Duffers Tournament at the golf course on Saturday.
But, he had no idea just how much he’d elevate his game on the greens on Sunday to close out the 2015 Duffers as overall champion.
“I hadn’t got a clue. I went out there and all of a sudden, things started to happen,” said Kydd.
The Rupertite finished day one of the Duffers having shot an 18-hole total of 81 – very respectable for a 13-handicap – but he blew away his competition and even surprised himself, with an astounding 75 on Sunday.
“It was outstanding. That’s the best I’ve played in three years … Playing off a 13-handicap, that gives me a net [Sunday score of] 62, which is just amazing,” said the victor. He ended the weekend with a 36-hole net total of 130.
The Duffers attracted 28 participants, but only three women took part in the summer season-ending tournament.
Rose Holkestad, a 15-handicap, won the women’s Duffers division with a 36-hole net score of 159. It’s the fourth Prince Rupert championship this year alone for Holkestad, as she won the His and Hers Tournament, the Ladies’ Jubilee and the Vic Marion Seniors’ Open earlier in 2015.
The overall low gross champion was Brian Holkestad, who shot a 36-hole gross total of 153. The women’s overall low gross award went to Jean Eby, who shot an overall low gross of 220.
“Something that I was doing that I don’t normally do that well, and I was really doing it well today, was chipping and putting. I was hoping it wasn’t going to go away. I was really unbelievable at chipping and putting,” said Kydd.
The course was damp – the usual for the Centennial Golf Course.
“You’d hit the ball 200 yards in the air and that’s as far as it went. There was no roll. We’re all used to that now,” he added.
“We got spoiled in the spring,” said Brian.
“A couple holes – on number 12 – that’s where I went wrong. The rain was coming down. I rushed my tee shot – I just wanted to get back under the umbrella and pulled [my shot] right into the bush.”
Moe Hays claimed the second low net award in the A Flight, Bob Hays won low gross and the A Flight low net champion was Teru Yamamoto.
For the B Flight, Arnie Parnell took second low net, Howard Linn won low gross and Joe Thompson claimed the B Flight low net champion title.
In the C Flight, second low net went to Fred Hainstock, low gross was awarded to Jim Rushton and the C Flight low net champion went to Byron Gordon.