Despite the almost biblical amount of rain falling on Smithers over the past few weeks, the golf season is well underway, and the Smithers Golf and Country Club has hosted several tournaments already.
Two weekends ago, 40 teams from across the north gathered for the first tournament of the year, the Spring Texas 4 Man Scramble, including 16 teams from Houston.
“That’s a full house,” said club pro Chris Herkel. “We had really good representation from out of town.”
Despite some bad weather, both at the Scramble and at last weekend’s Norm Kilpatrick tournament, golfers managed to finish their rounds at both of the two-day competitions.
At the 4 Man Scramble, five teams came out on top of the five flights of golfers. Finishing first in Flight A was Brad Leroux, Steve Kerbrat and Bill Stephens. In Flight B, it was Alonzo Slaney, Glen Kelly and Duane Mitchell. Tim Veenstra, Bill Hunter and Mike O’Sullivan won Flight C. In Flight D, Bill Fagen, Carrie Blue and Ron Farrell was the winning team, while Jesse Butler, Richard Euverman and Irv Himech took Flight E.
At last weekend’s Norm Kilpatrick Tournament, named for a longstanding club Secretary, individual scores were what mattered. Winning the Overall Low Gross was Tanner Olson with 150.
For Low Gross, first place was Nickie Scholtz with 151, followed by Gord Young in second with 154, Dennis Williams in third with 154, Bill Stephens in fourth with 157 and Nick Phillips in fifth with 160.
First place for Low Net was Don Olson with 134, with Charlie Northrup in second at 143, Rob Godfrey in third at 145, Dana Atagi in fourth with 148, and Bill Maskiewich in fifth with 148.
Next up at the club is the President’s Cup, with two rounds running on June 9 and 12. The sold-out Rotary Celebrity Tournament is on June 18.