The Prince Rupert Golf Course was home to two simultaneous tournaments at once over the weekend and both made for an interesting finish.
The men’s and women’s Duffers Tournament took over the club with the men’s club championship running at the same time. Participants in both tourneys entered their scores in the Duffers and men’s club championship.
“The only thing that was different was me and Brian [Holkestad] were sort of in contention for the men’s club championship on the last day and we weren’t playing together so we didn’t really know [the scores] either of us had. We just had to play our own game and see what happened,” said men’s club championship winner Ian Robinson, who just narrowly beat Holkestad by one stroke with a 36-hole total of 146 for the overall low gross title.
“I thought it was OK,” said Holkestad.
“It would have been nice to play in the club championship with the final group, but it was basically Duffers to start with. It was a little bit tighter and a little more interesting.”
Holkestad took the men’s club championship overall low net title with a net score of 135 based on a handicap of six.
“My putting was really good both days – that was the main thing,” said Robinson, who last week notched a hole-in-one on hole 13 with a six iron.
For rival Holkestad, it was also his short game that got him to within a stroke of Robinson.
“My putting was really excellent. Other than the odd penalty off the tee, that was the only thing that got me in trouble. Other than that it was steady all the way,” he said.
First low gross in the men’s club champs went to Ken Bazansky who carded a two-day gross total of 153. Darcy Koch took the first low net with a net score of 138 off a total of 172.
Robinson won the overall low gross title on the men’s side for the Duffers’ while Holkestad took overall low net with the same scores.
Following up her ladies club championship victory two weeks ago, Rose Holkestad won the women’s Duffers Tournament with a low gross total of 185, beating Janet Sheppard by one stroke. Sheppard captured the overall low net title with a net total of 152 off of 186 strokes.
“[Saturday’s] game was better for me. I wasn’t even paying attention to it and I was doing well on every aspect. [Sunday] not so much, but I had Rose right there and I told her ‘You’ve got to learn to share [the spoils] with your friends’,” she joked.
Sheppard carded an 18-hole total of 89 on Saturday to set herself up for the win by Sunday’s end. She shot 97 on Sunday while Rose carded a consistent 92 on Saturday and 93 on Sunday.
“My drives and my second shots were good,” said Rose.
“My putting was not there this weekend but the rest of my game came together to hold it.”
The golfers had to combat some fog in the morning, but it didn’t seem to affect their game on the ground.
“By the time I went out, anyhow, it was clear. We had no problems seeing the ball,” said Brian.
For the men’s Duffers, the first low net in the championship flight went to Ken Bazansky with the first low nets in the first and second flights going to Koch and Keith Lambourne respectively.
The men’s championship flight first low gross title was awarded to Ron Miller with Terry Sawka and Shane Forman capturing the first low gross titles in the first and second flights respectively.
Second low net titles went to Bob Hays (championship flight), Howard Lynn (first flight) and George Kuntz (second flight) with third low net titles being awarded to Mark Bryant (champ flight), Joe Thompson (first flight) and Ray Kierce (second flight).
Dan Giallonardo took the second low gross in the championship flight, Nippi Sahdra captured the second low gross in the first flight and J.P. Lattes took second low gross for the second flight.
Forty men took part in the men’s Duffers Tournament while six ladies took part on the women’s side of the Duffers. Nineteen participants entered the men’s club championship.