The Prince Rupert Golf Club’s Men’s Jubilee crown is coming back to Prince Rupert for the first time in approximately seven years.
Ian Robinson carded a three day, 54-hole total of 217 to win the overall low gross championship and winner’s title of the 2015 Men’s Jubilee on the weekend.
Another Prince Rupert veteran claimed the overall low net title when Andrew Schaeffer, with a handicap of 16, shot a 203 net score.
But coming down to the final holes on the back nine on Sunday, it was still anyone’s tournament to take between Robinson and Prince Rupert’s Brian Holkestad.
“At the start of [Sunday], I had a one-shot lead and then by the end of the first nine [holes] today, he was up two on me,” said Robinson.
“I knew he was going to keep playing good. He was playing solid, so I had to play as well as I could and try to catch him and I did somehow. I birdied [holes] 15 and 16 to get one up and parred the last two holes and just barely beat him by one.”
Holkestad claimed the Championship Flight’s first low gross, finishing right behind Robinson with a score of 218, including eagling on three holes, once on each day.
“It was pretty fun. It was a good match. It wasn’t like anyone had it won at any point in time, so we were both playing well, making a lot of putts and nobody gave anything to the other guy,” said Robinson.
For Schaeffer, the Rupertite was glad he kept his number of strokes to a minimum.
“I played well. I kept the ball in play, which for me, you take penalty strokes and they add up quick and today I was just never in trouble,” he said.
“I kept everything pars and bogeys – I didn’t take any big numbers. It was consistent. The first couple days, I had some nines and eights and after that I was keeping it low. It makes it easy, it makes it fun.”
Gorgeous sunny rays and no wind trouble graced the North Coast skies for the tournament, a nice change from the Ladies Jubilee, held earlier in June which saw torrential downpours rain on the golfers to go with strong, blustery winds.
Along with the co-operative weather, the two winners complimented the shape of the greens, an improvement from a couple months ago, when they were in rough shape.
“It’s come a long way and it’s as good as it basically ever has been, in my opinion,” said Robinson.
“I thought it was fantastic. So hopefully, [the out-of-towners] tell other people and it gets them out,” added Schaeffer.
Fifty-five golfers entered the jubilee in total.
The First Flight’s first low gross title went to Pierre Lafrance and Bummer Olmstead took the Second Flight’s first low gross.
The Champ Flight’s second low gross went to Grant Oystensen, the First Flight’s second low gross was taken by Trevor Deschamp and Eric Hand claimed the Second Flight’s second low gross.
Third low gross in the Championship Flight went to Dylan Kerbrat, while Sandy Anderson and Don Movold took third low gross in the First Flight and Second Flight respectively.
Mark Bryant took the Championship Flight’s first low net, while Dylan Lawrence took the First Flight’s first low net and Ray Kierce claimed the Second Flight’s first low net.
Second low net in the Champ Flight went to Greg Blair, Ross McNish took the title in the First Flight and the Second Flight’s second low net winner was Helder Marques.
Derek Ridgeway took the Championship Flight’s third low net, Ron Miller grabbed it for the First Flight and the Second Flight’s Ralph Vankessel took third low net as well.