Ian Henson (above) eyes up a putt in the fourth annual Founder's Cup tournament Saturday at The Rise. Henson and teammate Rex Skarbo earned second gross in Flight A.

Ian Henson (above) eyes up a putt in the fourth annual Founder's Cup tournament Saturday at The Rise. Henson and teammate Rex Skarbo earned second gross in Flight A.

Vernon duo defends Founder’s Cup crown

Justin Baillargeon and DJ Szestopalow retain Founder's Cup golf title at The Rise.

Vernon’s Justin Baillargeon and DJ Szestopalow defended their title at the fourth annual Founder’s Cup golf tournament Saturday at The Rise.

The duo shaved a stroke off last year’s score by carding an overall low gross 64 to earn Nike Tour drivers in a tournament named after The Rise’s 21 original founders.

Shane Bowring and Mark Aven took the A Flight with a low gross 70, while the father-son pairing of Charlie Law and Matt McEachran-Law earned low net at 63.5.

Second gross and net honours went to Rex Skarbo and Ian Henson (71), and Devin Crombie and Dave Willis (63.5) respectively.

The teams of Don Howe and Frank Genaille (71), and Doug Thorlakson and Cody Edwards recorded third gross and net respectively.

Low gross and net winners pocketed Nike drivers; second gross and net took Nike golf bags; and third gross and net collected Second Skin performance wear.

Tommy Grant and Alex Gellert ruled the B Flight with a low gross 69. Low net went to Tyler Willan and Chad Degroot.

King Cam and Dick Rosman finished at 75 for second gross, and the Atmore boys, Jim and John, collected second net at 64.

Murray Holmes and Don Ramsey shot 76 for third gross, and the Vernon Viper tandem of coach Jason Williamson and former puck dangler Bryce Kakoske carded a third net 65.

In C Flight action, Tim and Diane Watts teamed up for a low gross 76, and Bob Zurevinski and Gary Brassart shot a low net 54.

Scott Zurevinski, another Viper alum, worked with Keith Kolins to take second gross (76), while Steve Crombie and Blaine MacPherson finished with a second net 60. Third gross and net honours went to Greg Allen and Danielle Boileau (79), and Larry Coston and Chad Coston (60), respectively.

KPs for $100 gift certificates to Bourbon Street restaurant went to Chad Degroot (hole #15, less than 12 handicap) and Doug Thorlakson (#2, 13+ handicap).

Edwards claimed the low handicap long drive contest, while Chad Coston took the 13-plus division. Each earned $100 gift certificates at Monashee’s Bar & Grill.

Junior players wanted

Telus will sponsor four local juniors to play in the inaugural Vernon Vipers Golf Tournament for KidSport, Sunday, Aug. 26 at The Rise.

“We’re looking for preferably two boys and two girls who golf regularly since it is a tournament,” said Lee Ranger of The Rise.

Juniors interested in playing in the scramble are urged to call Ranger at 250-545-7425 or Paula Coulter of the Vipers at 250-542-6022.

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Jerred Smithson of the Florida Panthers are confirmed celebrities for the tournament. Cost is $150 which includes dinner, tee gift and prizes.

Stead wins Colwood Junior

VSS Panther grad Brady Stead won the Royal Colwood Junior Open last weekend in Victoria.

Stead carded a 71-72-143 for a seven-stroke victory over current B.C. junior champion Matt Broughton and Darren Day.

“I turn 19 soon (Aug. 19) so this was a good way to end my junior career,” said Stead, a one handicap who is going into his sophomore golf season with the Camosun Chargers in Victoria.

“I was making the putts I needed to. I got into some trouble the second day, but I limited the damage with some good putts.”

Stead is studying business and marketing at Camosun.

Vandenbrink second in Oliver

Keith Vandenbrink of Hillview shot 76-71-147 to finish four strokes back of host pro Rio McLeod in the Inkameep Canyon Desert Men’s Open in Oliver last weekend.

Vandenbrink, the defending tournament champion, collected $600. He also took a long drive on the seventh hole Sunday for $50.

“I birdied seven, eight and nine the second day to get within a couple shots of Rio, but he hit a wedge for an eagle two on 10 and then birdied 11 to break away.”

Vandebrink, 50, opens play in the Pinebrook Golf & CC pro-am today in Calgary.