The Smithers Secondary golf team pose with the zone championship banner.

The Smithers Secondary golf team pose with the zone championship banner.

Gryphons win golf zones

Team defeats Kitimat by 83 strokes, will head to provincials.

The Smithers Secondary golf team is off to provincials after a dominating performance at zones last weekend that saw each of their five golfers place first through fifth at the event.

After day one the team of Rhys Wilson, Riley Coish, Mitch Turko and Kaleb Gorbahn held a 39-stroke lead over their counterparts from Kitimat. They finished the final round on day two, 83 strokes ahead.

Gorbahn posted the best score of the weekend, with rounds of 75 and 71 (146). Right behind him were Rhys Wilson (79-81=160), Riely Coish (77-79=156), Mitch Turko (84-79=163) and Jacob Cachia (79-81=160).

“It was a very good weekend for the Smithers Secondary golf team,” head coach Dana Gorbahn said.

“We put in the most dominant and impressive performance that I have seen in the northwest zone since I began coaching nine years ago.”

The team will head to Qualicum for provincials from May 25-27. Last year they finished fifth in the province and with a more veteran, deeper squad, expectations are high.

“I am hoping for a top-three finish, but it’s golf, so you never know what’s going to happen. If we shoot the scores we are capable of, we could win it all. The boys are playing extremely well and they should be in the hunt.

“We have to keep doing the things we do right – focus on the process and not the results.

“If we take it one shot at a time and give it all the attention it deserves and accept whatever results come our way, we will do quite well.”