Mickey Walker chips onto the seventh green during the golfing portion of Sunday's Daffodilly at Seven Hills Golf and Country Club.

Annual tournament a real dilly

PORT HARDY—Organizers of Fort Rupert Curling Club’s annual Daffodilly emphasize the fun, camaraderie and the barbecue lunch.

PORT HARDY—In an effort to coax newcomers, organizers of Fort Rupert Curling Club’s annual Daffodilly emphasize the fun, camaraderie and the barbecue lunch.

On the other hand, the combined golfing and curling event is still a competition.

Organizer and skip Doug McCorquodale ran just a shade hot on a draw attempt with his final stone Sunday, allowing rival skip Bill Gray a two-point pickup on the final end of their curling duel at the club Sunday afternoon.

It was little more than a face-saving pickup for Gray, who avoided a shutout while falling 8-2 to McCorquodale. But as their rinks shook hands after the four-end game, McCorquodale said his failure to blank Gray allowed another longtime Port Hardy skip, Steve Janusz, to escape with the fourth annual Daffodilly title.

“That’s why you were trying so hard,” Gray said with a laugh. “I wondered about that.”

The result left Janusz with a 33-point total in the event, which combines nine holes of scramble-format golf at Seven Hills Golf and Country Club with a pair of four-end curling matches. McCorquodale finished one point back, with 32.

Janusz was teamed with the father-son tandem of Luke and Graeme Wiggins. McCorquodale was joined by Derek Le Boeuf, Carly Perkovich and Andrew Pereboom.

“I knew I needed to skunk Bill to win it,” said McCorquodale, who took the loss good-naturedly. He was just happy to see nine teams take part in the event, including several players who had never curled before.

After their nine-hole round at Seven Hills, players traveled to the curling club at Storey’s Beach for a lunch of grilled burgers and hot dogs. They then moved inside for the first draw on the ice.

“So where do I find these slider things, and a broom?” novice curler Mel Nicholson asked skip Mickey Walker. “Do I need one?”

Another newcomer to the curling club, Christina Fedorak, looked on, mystified, as skip Brad Zealand marked her target and held out his left arm.

“I don’t even know what that means,” Fedorak said, shrugging her shoulders and laughing as Zealand’s mother, sweeper Debbie Zealand, gave her a quick primer.

The event has been a hit since it began in 2009, and Fort Rupert Curling Club added an autumn version, the Fall Funkin’, last year.

“It makes sense, because once golf season ends, curling starts,” said Tom Baker, one of two Port McNeill skips to take part. “And when curling ends, golf starts.”

The golfers certainly got prime spring weather for their nine holes, with early fog giving way to clear skies and warm temperatures. The jackets went back on when players stepped into the curling arena, but nobody seemed to mind as smiles ruled the afternoon.

“We try to use this to get new curlers into the club,” said McCorquodale. “A lot of people golf who haven’t curled, and vice versa.”

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: North Island Peewee Eagles unleash avalanche of goals against Peninsula in semi-final showdown

The two teams squared up on Sunday morning at the Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill.

North Island Seniors Housing Foundation takes the next step towards getting Trustee Road land

Seniors rejoice, Port Hardy council is very much in favour of helping… Continue reading

Port Hardy Volleyball club requests funding from Port Hardy council

The sport of Volleyball is alive and well in the North Island,… Continue reading

Should aquaculture programs be offered at North Island College in Port Hardy?

“I think it would be very timely to have an aquaculture program”

Island Health issues press release regarding Port Alice Health Centre service changes

Island Health will be hosting a community meeting in Port Alice Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. in the rec centre.

‘Just like Iron Man’: Calgary surgeon undergoes experimental spinal surgery

Dr. Richi Gill was in a freak accident on a boogie board during a family vacation in Hawaii

Deported B.C. man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Lee Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

A Mother’s Wish: Ryan Shtuka’s mother wants her son to be ‘forever known’

‍‍‍‍‍“Let me tell you a story …. it all began with a boy named Ryan”

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Pope Francis has urged participants to meet with abuse victims before they came to Rome

Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

Andrew McCabe said FBI had good reason to open a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in league with Russia

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

Most Read