A golfer watches his drive during the Texas Scramble

A golfer watches his drive during the Texas Scramble

Texas scramble marks start of the season

A record 172 golfers attend the kick-off event this year.

The Smithers Golf and Country Club held its annual Texas Scramble last weekend, and judging by the record turnout and the atmosphere in the clubhouse afterwards, the event was a major success.

“It was a great event and a great way to kick off the season,” head professional Chris Herkel said.

“We usually don’t open until the last week of April, so to have a tournament within the first month is a great way to get everyone back on the course.”

A record 172 players comprised 43 teams to compete in five flights of the best-ball event.

With the exception of the E flight, every one was decided by less than two strokes, which made for some exciting finishes.

“There were a few teams that, if they would have made a putt on 18, it could have changed their standing,” Herkel added.

Players from all over the northwest came out to the event, that ended on Sunday night with a dinner and prize draw.

Prizes were bought from or donated by local businesses. Big ticket items included a lawnmower, TV and iPods.

Up next, the club will host the Kilpatrick Tournament, which goes from May 29 to June 2.

Ladies and Mens’ nights are in full swing and will continue this week.



Results (team captain’s names listed):

A flight:

1) Tim Veenstra

2) Sid Koldyk

3) Tanner Olson

B flight:

1) Alonso Slaney

2) Darren MacMillan 3) Tyler Stene

C flight:

1) Don Olson

2) Rick Malkow

3) Glen Kelly

D flight:

1) Mike Zantingh

2) Torin Leach

3) Malcolm MacMillan

E flight:

1) Ian Smith

2) Larry Flynn

3) Neil Bryan