Morning Star Staff
It was Championship Sunday for the Kreutz family at the Vernon Golf & Country Club.
Norm Kreutz, 44, claimed the men’s club title at 76-74-150, while his son Matt, 17, took the junior crown with 69-74-142.
Karen Hassard won the ladies club trophy at 79-80-159.
Norm Kreutz, a four handicap, has been second or third the past few years after threepeating, starting in 2001. He beat former champ Steve King by two strokes to collect $175 in pro shop cash.
Asked what was working for him, Kreutz replied: “Just grinding. I had a really good start both days. We started on the back nine the first day and was 4-under after six holes. I went birdie-birdie starting on the front the second day and birdied 13 which was a pretty pivotal hole for me.
“I kept my cool and did it one hole at a time which I guess you’re supposed to do. My strength is tee to green.”
King won the first flight prize, followed by Andy Saunders at 153, Cory Hewko at 154 by retrogression, and Ken Kurbis at 154.
In the second flight, it was Brian Carpenter placing first at 159, two strokes ahead of Ken Friesen. Randy Gott was third at 162 and Doug Smith four with 166.
James Phair ruled the third flight at 168, followed by Chris Rogers (170, retro), Glenn Kitigawa (170) and Peter McClean (175).
Eamon Doherty took first in the fourth flight at 174, followed by Marvin Van Meter at 180, Fakri Siddiqui at 182 and Norm Korol at 189.
Blaine MacPherson pocketed the overall low net trophy at 137.
Jon Gardner at 141, Mike Sheldon with 143, Peter Smith at 144 and Graydon Brown at 147 were top-four in the first flight.
Curtis Wallace topped the second flight at 142, followed by Ernie Cherkowski at 145, Tyler Galenzoski at 147 and Lionel Loschuk at 148.
Club captain Peter Murray won the third flight with 146, two strokes ahead of Rob Irving. Todd Oliver was third at 150 and Klaas Kwakklel fourth at 152.
Garry Messina claimed the fourth flight at 147, followed by Ron Riemens at 152, John Pringle at 154 and Rick Krushen at 160.
Matt Kreutz, a two handicap, completed the record daily double for his family by dominating the junior field, finishing nine strokes ahead of buddy Mac Gourdine.
Kreutz birdied the second, eighth and 10th holes Saturday for his 69 and birdied four, eight, nine and 15 while earning bogeys on 17 and 18 Sunday.
“My driving and irons were good this weekend and that’s normally my strong point,” said Kreutz, a 17-year-old Grade 12 Kalamalka student who took home a dozen Pro V1 golf balls and a plaque.
Matt averages 280 yards off the tee which is just a few feet shorter than his dad. The two have some great matches.
“It’s pretty close most of the time. I do give him a couple of strokes, but he always makes it close,” said Matt, who is eyeing a college scholarship. He swung his first club at age two, playing Hillview for several years before joining Vernon.
Gourdine won the first flight, while Matt McEachran-Law was third at 152. Brandon Chai topped the second flight at 163 (retro) ahead of Dexter Weiten at 169. Daniel Saunders took the third flight at 192 by two strokes over Taylor Scott.
Makena Kersey won a $70 pro shop gift card as the overall low net champion with 198.
Christian Lacasse posted a 147 to win the first flight low net, one stroke ahead of Austin Bosquet.
Nicholas Friesen ruled the second flight at 149, one shot better than Anthony Prince.
Langdon Kersey claimed the third flight at 155, while Koll Cherkowski was second at 179.
McEachran-Law received two fairway woods for winning the putting contest, while Friesen pocketed a pair of wedges for second spot. Seth Blundell and Chai bagged putters for third and fourth.
Hassard, meanwhile, carded 79-80 to take the women’s title.
“I’ve won 23 or 24, I’m not sure,” said Hassard, 75. “I was driving the ball very straight and that helped set up the holes. My putting was better the second day.”
Hassard, who didn’t take up the game until she was 35, has one tourney left at Two Eagles before she and her husband head to Desert Hot Springs for the winter. She plays team golf at all the top resort courses in the area near Palm Springs.
Brenda Samis produced a 167 to take low gross in the first flight, while Donna Schultz won the second flight at 187 and Virginia Goodings Wolfe claimed the third flight with 202.
Debbie Fisher was the overall low net champion at 146.
Suzanne Hocevar won the first flight at 147, while Lisa Krushen took the second flight at 146 and Linda Edwards topped the third flight with 153.