A total of 166 golfers converged on the Smithers Golf and Country Club over the Labour Day weekend for the annual Men’s Northern Open.

A total of 166 golfers converged on the Smithers Golf and Country Club over the Labour Day weekend for the annual Men’s Northern Open.

Northern Open draws top golfers to Smithers

Smithers was the centre of the golf universe over the Labour Day weekend.

Smithers was the centre of the golf universe over the Labour Day weekend, at least for golfers living in the upper three quarters of the province. The annual Men’s Northern Open Golf Tournament took place at the Smithers Golf and Country Club from Sept. 2-to-5, with 166 golfers taking part.

Although that’s five less than last year, club pro Chris Herkel said tournament numbers are down all across the north this year.

“I think weather’s had a lot to do with it,” he said. “It’s still the most popular tournament in the north.”

Despite the weather patterns this summer, the skies held back over the length of the Northern. Clouds hovered above the course on Hudson Bay Mountain, but never let loose on the tournament.

“We had no big downpours, which was great,” said Herkel.

At the end of three days of tournament play, Kitimat’s Dave Venman took the top prize, finishing with an overall low gross of 210. Nickie Scholtz took the overall low net with 204. Following are the full results:

Overall Low Gross

Dave Venman     210

Overall Low Net

Nickie Scholtz     204

1st Low Gross in flight

Championship flight:

Dylan Kerbrat    215

A flight:

Ambrose Kelly    230

B flight:

Mike Hirak    249

C flight:

Murray Anderson 249

D flight:

Rod Szydlik    272

1st Low Net in flight

Championship flight:

Don Olson    213

A flight:

Jim Rigler    210 cb

B flight:

Ron VanDriel    216

C flight:

Jack Tarasoff    211

D flight:

Jamie Nielsen    219

2nd Low Gross in flight

Championship flight:

Jamie Moran    217

A flight:

John Boss    234

B flight:

Rob Godfrey    251cb

C flight:

Mark Grabowski  255

D flight:

Ed Maskiewich    275

2nd Low Net in flight

Championship flight:

Scott Rigler    217

A flight:

Wilf Taekema    210

B flight:

Malcolm McMillan  217

C flight:

Dale Glass    214

D flight:

Gord Sontag    220

3rd Low Gross in flight

Championship flight:

Kevin Pederson    222

A flight:

Marius Scholtz    236

B flight:

Sandy Anderson    251

C flight:

Dennis Rasmussen 262

D flight:

Ralph VanKessel    276

3rd Low Net in flight

Championship flight:

Nathan Cachia    218

A flight:

Larry Steinke    212

B flight:

Duane Mitchell    220

C flight:

Max Starr    215

D flight:

Ian Smythe    223

4th Low Gross in flight

Championship flight:

Dennis Williams    228

A flight:

Steve Kerbrat    237

B flight:

Dana Atagi    254

C flight:

Steven Samuels    263

D flight:

Joe Hirack    283

4th Low Net in flight

Championship flight:

Tanner Olsen    220

A flight:

Dave Johnston    213

B flight:

Darren Saunders    221

C flight:

Manson Kennedy  216

D flight:

Jos Konst    224

5th Low Gross in flight

Championship flight:

Grant Maskiewich  228

A flight:

Rory Little    239

B flight:

Andrew Wiesner    258

C flight:

Don Malkow    266

D flight:

Ian Grieve    288

5th Low Net in flight

Championship flight:

Bobby Smith    221cb

A flight:

Brent Timms    214

B flight:

Binh Phan    227

C flight:

Mike Leduc    220

D flight:

Jim McGregor    225

6th Low Gross in flight

A flight:

Johnny Koldyk    241cb

6th Low Net in flight

A flight:

Derek Fuller    217