Galen Johnston wins the Christina Lake men’s open

The big news was the Christina Lake 2014 Men’s Open which held on the weekend of June 14 and 15.

The big news was the Christina Lake 2014 Men’s Open which held on the weekend of June 14 and 15.

Congratulations to Galen Johnston of Chilliwack being the winner with a low gross of 140, Leroy Heustis of Trail being the winner with a low net of 131 and Shane Cutinha of Kelowna for having a Hole in One and winning a Sears lawn tractor.  Thanks to all the supporters of the tournament— without you the tournament would not be as good.

The Christina Lake Men’s Open is celebrating its 51 anniversary and the biggest amateur tournament in B.C. having 240 golfers attend. Many kudos to Kevin and his crew for making the tournament a success.

The second big news for manager Kevin Maffioli and his proshop, restaurant and grounds staff was receiving a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The Christina Lake Golf Club has received a 4.5 rating out of a possible 5.  Congratulations to all!

Through all the rain, cold and dreariness, the 2014 Men’s Open was played.  Our own John Dedels came in with a First Flight Low Gross of 141 and Shane Cutinha of Kelowna came in with a First Flight Low Net of 139.  The Second Flight Low Gross was Curtis Sloan of Penticton with 150 and Second Flight Low Net was Mark Jenner of Castlegar with 140.  157 was played by Justin Hall for Third Flight Low Gross and 139 was played by Jack Horning of Penticton for Third Flight Low Net.  Vancouver’s Tyler Jang  and Oliver’s Shane Jaffray had Fourth Flight Low Gross of 159 and Fourth Flight Low Net of 141, respectively.  Steve Gustafson played a 164 for Fifth Flight Low Gross and Jesse Tarasoff of Christina Lake played a 141 for Fifth Flight Low Net.  Sixth Flight Low Gross with 162 was John Legebokoff of Christina Lake and Sixth Flight Low Net with 135 was Jamin Feist of Penticton.  172 was good for Seventh Flight Low Gross played by Steve Danshin of Christina Lake and 139 was good for Seventh Flight Low Net played by Alan Connolly.

Closest to the Pin was played on both days. For Saturday, Gary Secco was closest on #5, Mark Jenner was closest on #9, Shane Cutinha was closest on #12 and Yvon Robichaud was closest on #16. Sunday’s hole #5 was won by Lance Alexandrovich, hole #9 was won by Shane Cutinha, hole #12 was won by Darren Pottle and hole #16 was won by Randy Kirby.

Congratulations to Shane Cutinha for closest to the pin on Saturday on Hole #12 … Shane got a hole in one.  You can’t get closer than that!  Shane won a Sears Lawn Tractor for his great shot. Again, thanks to Kevin and his staff, the volunteers, the supporters and mainly the players, for making the tournament very successful!

Due to the rain, Tuesday Ladies golf was cancelled.


Wednesday Men’s Night was played in better weather.  Tanner Kopan, 0-10 handicap, played a 36 for Overall Low Gross.  John Dedels, also 0-10 handicap, played a 35.5 for Overall Low Net.  For the 11-15 handicap, Alf Enns had Low Gross with 36 and Dave Webster had Low Net with 35.  Playing a 43 got Dennis Pilon Low Gross and a 36 got Wayne Peterson Low Net in the 16 and over handicap.

For the second flight in the 0-10 handicap, Graeme Carlson had a 38 for the Low Gross and Dennis Lapointe had a 36 for the Low Net.  For the 11-15 handicap, second flight, Dallas Moore played a 39 for Low Gross and Marty Boisvenue played a 35.5 for Low Net.

Gord Redding played a 49 for second flight Low Gross and Mick Trodden played a 38 for second flight Low Net for the 16 and over handicap. The overall closest to the pin on #9 was Grant Mills.  Closest to the pin on hole #5 in the 0-10 handicap was John Dedels and in the 11-15 handicap Alf Enns was closest. Glenn Frie was closest to the pin in two strokes on #3 in the 0-10 handicap and Jesse Tarasoff was closest in the 11-15 handicap.

The longest drive on #1 for the 0-10 handicap was Henry Hemmes, for the 11-15 handicap was Shannon Jordan and for the 16 and over handicap was Vince Bron.


The Thursday Retirees played “Irons Only” from the red/forward tees.  Low Gross winner was Bert Burnell-Higgs with a 75.  Four players tied for Low Net shooting 67.  They were Bill duff, Olie Frederikson, Homer Good and Lorne Robinson.


The Thursday Ladies finished the week off with member Low Gross scores of Shauna Lum playing a 41, Colleen Verigin playing 42 and Fran Farnworth playing a 45.  The member Low Net scores were played by Kim Johnson with a 32, Val Horkoff with a 32.5 and Patty Hutton with a 37.  For guests, Brone Miller had a Low Gross of 51 and Zoya Mounsteven had a Low Net of 34.

Audrey Whyte with a 0-29 handicap and Kara Zibin, guest, were closest to the pin on #5. For the first time there was a tie for closest to the pin. On #9, Patty Hutton and Colleen Verigin tied for the 0-29 handicap.  Guest, Kim Johnson, was closest to the pin on #9.


—-Submitted by Carol Graham

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