Extended family gathers each Fourth of July for that year’s version of the Nyland Open golf competition at Raspberry Ridge Golf Course, with the winner of nine holes having the honor of their name on the “trophy” (below)and also organizing next year’s event.  (Courtesy photos/Ellen Korthuis)

LYNDEN — For more than four decades, the relatives in a growing Lynden family have gathered in the early morning each Fourth of July for a golf event. It is dubbed The Nyland Open after the initial family.

The “duffer” event began as an 18-hole tournament on the Grandview course of Custer in the 1970s and later moved to Raspberry Ridge as a 9-hole event.

Today, descendants of Bill, John and Fred Nyland now include last names Brouwer, Bedlington and Korthuis. The name of each year’s winner is added with a vintage label maker to the traveling trophy — a chunk of 2x4 displaying a broken iron and golf ball.

The winner is determined by the Callaway system of scoring, which means bad scores are capped at double par.

The Fourth event is now to a fourth generation and included women for the first time this year, reported Ellen Korthuis, Lynden’s first lady by marriage to participant Scott Korthuis. 

Jacob Brouwer, as this year’s winner, was “rewarded” like all predecessors, with the responsibility of organizing the event for next year.