Houston senior brings home gold medal

Golfer Andy Grobins wins gold at the 55+ BC Games

When longtime Houston golfer Andy Grobins was called to the medal podium at the 55+ BC Games, he was given a bronze medal for the 70 to 74 age group.

But as he started walking away, Grobins said he was called back to the podium with organizers saying, “Oh, we made a mistake; you won gold, not bronze.”

Winning is not an unfamiliar feeling for the lighthearted 70-year-old golfer, who has been playing since he was 16 years old. Now retired, he said he enjoys playing golf almost every day.

Two years ago he won gold at the 55+ BC Games (previously called BC Seniors Games) when the tournament was held in Coquitlam, and last year he won silver when the tournament was held in Vernon.

The annual five-day, multi-sport event, which gathers over 2,000 55 plus athletes from across B.C, was held in Kimberly and Cranbrook last month.

Grobins said this year was not an easy win, however. He was falling behind until the last day of the tournament, when he began turning things around.

“The guy who was beating me was way down there, he had me by seven strokes, and then on the last day everything fell together.”

Although Grobins admitted that he enjoys the thrill of winning, he says the tournament really isn’t about that.

“You meet people, have fun and socialize,” he said. “You meet lots of new people and sometimes you run into the same people you played against or socialized in previous tournaments.”

“For the seniors it’s more of an outing; a lot of these athletes just want to have fun and meet new people,” he continued. “We all enjoyed each other’s companies, had beers, burgers and relaxed.”

Grobins competed at the 55+ BC Games with Zone 11, which this year was comprised of 16 players from the Burns Lake, Topley, and Houston areas. However, Grobins was the only Houston athlete.

READ MORE: Houston participant at the BC 55+ Games

When asked why didn’t more Houston seniors participate this year, Grobins said the cost of participating in the tournament might be prohibitive for some.

“You have to pay for our own gas, camping, and you pay fees when you qualify,” he explained. “A lot of them can’t afford it.”

But given his great experience at the 55+ BC Games, Grobins said he wishes more Houston seniors had the opportunity to “get out there and get involved.”


 

@flavio_nienow
flavionienow@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Woman killed in head-on crash near Vanderhoof

RCMP say driver crossed the centre line and hit a loaded fuel tanker truck

RCMP to review actions at Wet’suwet’en pipeline protest camps

Senior Mountie says he hopes protests will be peaceful following deal with hereditary chiefs

Houston property assessments nudge up

District now working on 2019 spending plans

Most First Nations in northern BC support LNG pipeline

Despite the headline-grabbing news coming from the Gitdumt’en anti-pipeline site, most First… Continue reading

Public skating fun

The Claude Parish Memorial Arena has lots of skating times. Free public… Continue reading

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of B.C. overpass

Dash cam footage shows vehicle speeding across Brunette Avenue overpass in Coquitlam

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

Millennial Money: Don’t let Instagram envy get you into debt

A full 48 per cent of U.S. households have credit card debt

Jury debates fate of man accused of killing 12-year-old B.C. girl 40 years ago

Police allege Garry Handlen told a cop how he abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled Monica Jack in May 1978

Most Read