The Smithers Golf and Country Club held their annual Junior Club Championship last week, with 14 golfers aged 8-to-18 taking part in the two day event. The youth event will be followed in two weeks by the Northern Junior Open.
For the second year in a row, a young golfer hit a hole in one at the Junior Club Championship. This year it was Skylar Stahel, who scored the KP on hole 4 for Friday with the rare achievement.
Club pro Chris Herkel spoke to the boys while handing out awards, and said he was pleased with how well everyone did during the competition.
“You guys are starting to compete a little more, and you’re improving all the time,” he said.
Coming first place with the Overall Low Gross was Nathan Cachia, who shot a 163. Cachia was also the golfer that hit a hole in one at last year’s Championship, which he also won. He also plays on the Smithers Secondary School golf team, and competed this year for the first time in the B.C. Junior Boys Championship, his first large tournament. Brandon Kennedy scored the Overall Low Net with 132.
In First Low Gross was Blayne Herkel, with 164, followed by Rhys Wilson with 166 and Trent Monkman with 174.
Dustin Keehn was First Low Net with 141, with Jacob Cachia in second with 144 and Skylar Stahel in third with 146.
Chris Herkel said he thinks the current generation of young golfers in Smithers is very strong.
“The future is looking very good in Smithers, no question,” he said.