Members of the Smithers secondary golf team took to the links in Prince Rupert a few weeks ago to kick off a new season. From left to right: Kaleb Gorbahn

Smithers Secondary Gryphons drive it home

The Smithers secondary Gryphons golf team were on the fairway a couple weeks ago kicking off the season in Prince Rupert.

The Smithers secondary Gryphons golf team were on the fairway a couple weeks ago kicking off the season in Prince Rupert as uncertainty about a teachers strike holds off most northern teams from participating.

Only three teams took to the Prince Rupert Golf Course April 14.

However, SSS didn’t let that dampen their spirits, picking up a fantastic win with 42 strokes over Mount Elizabeth from Terrace. While BVCS placed third.

After picking up the win in Prince Rupert SSS packed into the car and headed to Surrey for the 11-team premier high school tournament.

Having to replace two of their veterans with rookies put up some challenges for the Gryphons.

The first day was played at Kings Link, where the weather was beyond windy.

These difficult conditions cause all of the participants to post very high scores.

Skyler Stahel posted the team’s best round with an acceptable 88.

The second day round was played at Northview Golf Club, home of the PGA’s Air Canada Open.

Although they were fighting tough weather the team posted some decent scores.

Nathan Cachia, a veteran Gryphon golfer was once again the top golfer on the team posting a score of 79.

Although his efforts were well received, the team ended in 10th place overall.

Cachia and Trent Monkman both received prizes for closest to the pin during competition.

“It was great experience for all of the players to actually get some golf swings in and play with some of the elite players in the province,” Gryphons coach Dana Gorbahn said.

The following week the Gryphons were out and about in Terrace for the second playday of the season.

It was the same teams facing off as the loss of extracurricular activities hit hard for most teams in the northwest.

BVCS landed themselves in third place again while Smithers and Mount Elizabeth battled for first.

Mount Elizabeth came out on top by only one stroke finishing the tournament with an aggregate score of 355, SSS with 356 and BVCS finished with 434.

The Gryphons are home to another playday this weekend at the Smithers Golf and Country Club.


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