Ryley Johnson watches his drive as he takes part in the Vernon Golf and Country Club’s Junior Club Championship Saturday. (Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star)

Seventh career ace among club championship highlights

Vernon Golf and Country Club holds senior/junior club titles; retired teacher nails seventh career ace

He’s not among the overall champions, but Ernie Cherkowski grabbed a bit of the spotlight.

Competing in the Vernon Golf and Country Club’s junior and senior club championships on the weekend, Cherkowski – a retired Vernon school teacher – carded the seventh hole in one of his golfing career.

Cherkowski aced the par-3, 168-yard 17th hole Sunday with a seven iron, on his way to finishing with a 36-hole low net score of 138, good for first low net in the second flight.

“I wanted to hit a draw shot and tried to play it to the front of the green, because that’s where the pin was,” said Cherkowski, 75. “I hit it really well. It landed just on the green and trickled in, the little bugger.”

It was Cherkowski’s sixth hole on his home course and his first on No. 17. The other five – the first coming 19 years ago, at age 56 – came on holes No. 5 and No. 14. One ace came in Thailand, where his son, Kelly, works.

Graydon Brown, Tim Ouellette, Ryley Johnson and Kendra Jones-Munk were crowned club champions for 2017.

Senior men’s overall low gross: Graydon Brown, 152;

Senior men’s overall low net: Glenn Clemens, 136;

Super Senior (70+) overall low gross: Tim Ouellette, 159;

Super Senior overall low net: Peter Murray, 135;

Junior Boys overall low gross: Ryley Johnson, 145;

Junior Girls overall low gross: Kendra Jones-Munk, 169.

Flight winners (top 3 gross/net) included:

First flight:

1st low gross: Dave Roberts, 154;

2nd low gross: Larry Hackman, 155;

3rd low gross: Mark Longworth, 156;

1st low net: Mike Sheldon, 139;

2nd low net: Steve King, 141 (retrogression);

3rd low net: Gord Johnston, 141;

Second flight:

1st low gross: Neil McLean, 162;

2nd low gross: Dennis Connelly, 156;

3rd low gross: Ben Lays, 168;

1st low net: Ernie Cherkowski, 138;

2nd low net: Ted Fullerton, 144 (retrogression);

3rd low net: Bob Everitt, 144 (retrogression);

Third flight:

1st low gross: Mike Dekker, 171;

2nd low gross: Al Cotsworth, 176 (retrogression);

3rd low gross: Keith Christian, 176 (retogression);

1st low net: Ken Bushell, 143 (retrogression);

2nd low net: Fakri Diddiqui, 143 (retrogression);

3rd low net: Laurence Marriott, 145 (retrogression);

Fourth flight:

1st low gross: Bob Keyser, 175;

2nd low gross: Cliff Smith, 179;

3rd low gross: Donald Ross, 180;

1st low net: Michael Murison, 139;

2nd low net: Don McKay 141;

3rd low net: Dean Banks, 142.


Mike Sheldon putts in the Vernon Golf and Country Club’s Senior Club Championship Saturday. (Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star)