All three Day 1 leaders held strong to win their respective titles Sunday in the Vernon Golf & Country Club championships.
All the drama was in the junior event with Matt Kreutz leading the whole way and withstanding a solid charge from Matt McEachran-Law and Austin Bosquet. More than 100 fans witnessed the amazing finish on the 18th hole where the final group, including Mac Gourdine, played the par 4 at four under par.
Kreutz carded 73-72-145, McEachran-Law was 74-74-148 and Bosquet closed at 77-72-149.
“The highlight among highlights was Austin nearly driving the green and then chipping in for eagle,” said head pro Shannon Glenesk. “Mac made an awesome birdie, Matt Kreutz closed out the victory with a birdie, and Matt McEachran-Law lipped out his birdie attempt. A glimpse of more brilliant things to come in junior golf at the Vernon club.”
Kreutz, girls champion Makenna Kersey and low net winner Nick Friesen each received a $40 pro shop gift card and a golf shirt. McEachran-Law pocketed a duffle bag and $15 gift card for winning the first flight low gross. Gourdine earned a golf bag and $15 gift card for taking low net honours (148) in the first flight.
Seth Blundell won low gross in the second flight at 171, taking home a $15 gift card and a shirt. Rylan Brown pocketed the same prizes for topping the third flight at 178.
Brandon Chai (149) and Josiah Gaskell collected the same package for first low net in the second and third flights, respectively.
In the men’s event, Tom Ross won his seventh title with an impressive 71-73-144, picking up a $175 gift card.
Ross, a 45-year-old landscaper, held a commanding lead all Sunday, but an unexpected double bogey on 10, paired with Jamie Barrie’s birdie, made for a three-shot swing.
Ross was steady finishing the last eight holes even par. Barrie was second at 151. The overall low net champion was Dave Lemiski (68-70-138). Lemiski also received a $175 gift certificate.
Mark Longworth and Dale Ortman both finished at 157, while John Martin carded a 158, to round out the top-five finishers.
Bruce Shepherd won the second flight at 159, while Fakri Siddiqui topped the fourth flight at 173, and the fifth flight was won by Arvid Kristiansen, at 179.
Low net flight winners included Jason Bilodeau (144), Terry Cunning (144), Gary Hinkle (140), Doug Buckingham (144) and Francis Burden (144).
Former provincial champion Karen Hassard continued her reign as the ladies club champion with 82-82-164, earning her $125 in the pro shop.
Overall runner-up and winner of the 55+ Flo Curtis Memorial Trophy was Rosemarie Rachwalski at 88-88-176. The overall low net and Wilmot Cup champion was Colleen Barker with 76-74-150. Rachwalski and Barker also bagged $80 apiece in pro shop bucks.
Debbie Fisher, who struck a gold medal in golf at the recent World Masters Games in Italy, topped the first flight low gross at 178, taking home a $60 gift card.
Lorna Jaschke ruled the second flight (196), while Lisa Krushen won the third (202) and Melanie Korol topped the fourth (207), each earning $60 in the pro shop.
Low net flight winners were Marilyn Vat (153), Karen Christian (160), Carmen LaFontaine (160) and Penny Birmingham (161), who all garnered $50 pro shop dollars.
Beth Houston, Krushen, Cheryl Schmidt and Kassard recorded deuces, while KPs were won by Norma Lemiski and Donna Schultz.