Junior golfers continue to swarm Birch Ridge

The course has been buzzing all week with even more junior golfers whacking their way around the Ridge. The kids this year have been incredible to work with and we’ve seen a lot of improvement over the duration of the camp.


On behalf of the Birch Ridge Golf Association and the golf course we want to thank all of the parents and kids for giving us an opportunity to share our love of the game with the next generation of golfers on the Kenai Peninsula. Although much of our attention has focused on our loveable little hackers this week, there’s a lot more going on at the course.

This Saturday is the June Scramble golf tournament, and golfers will have a unique opportunity to fatten their wallets, in addition to the normal tournament action. If you think your team’s net score can beat the Birch Ridge Dream Team of Bill Engberg, Mark Matarrese, Aaron Dexheimer and Nolan Rose call the pro shop for more information.

Everything we win, we’ll donate to the junior program, and we plan on winning, so you better bring your “A” game. We hope this will be a fun challenge for golfers that will benefit both the golfers and our junior program.

Senior League

The weather outside was frightful, but our seniors were sure delightful, and if your name is John Davis or Rich Poe, you won some dough, won some dough, won some dough.

OK. Enough with the melodies and onto the results. John Davis, in addition to his share of first place, captured the closest to at the eighth at just 6 feet, 2 inches. Harry Pierce’s ball wandered within 15 feet, 11 inches, at the sixth for closest to, and Mick Reeve had the long putt on the ninth green.

Tuesday Morning Ladies League

The rain was relentless Tuesday morning for the ladies, but eight determined duffers braved the storm and played in the rain. Was God suggesting our ladies needed a shower? We’ll never know.

Carol Hussey won closest to at the fifth. Leona “I’m sorry Mrs.” Jackson won low gross, with Carol and Denise Cox tied for low net.

Tuesday Couples Night

The couples were blessed with Jessica Cowan’s halibut enchiladas last week ensuring that everyone left the course a winner, and with a full stomach. She also showed off her talents earlier in the week with a coconut pie that was simply absurd. If I ever become a millionaire it’s my intention to hire her as a personal chef.

OK, back to the golf. The couples played their own ball this week and the simplicity surely left them confused, the men at least! The ladies contributed three birdies to the game, one by Sally Hoagland, and two from Susan Jelsma. Lee Frey chipped in at the eighth for the only birdie from the men.

Guys, this is not acceptable. Please improve. We can’t have the ladies running things at home and at the golf course! Sally Hoagland carried her husband, Del, around to low net, and Susan Jelsma let her husband, Darell, tag along en route to a second-place finish. Lee and Andrea Frey came in third.

Birch Ridge Golf Committee’s Officially Unofficial Golf Rankings

Leading up to the U.S. Open this weekend the Birch Ridge Celebrity Panel is leaving the top 10 intact from last week. Our own Aaron Dexheimer was just one qualifying event away from appearing in the championship for the first time. All that’s left now is predicting a winner. This year’s U.S. Open champion? Phil Mickelson.

1. Luke Donald; 2. Lee Westwood; 3. Rory McIlroy; 4. Phil Mickelson; 5. Graeme McDowell; 6. Bubba Watson; 7. Steve Stricker; 8. K.J. Choi; 9. Jason Day; 10. Matt Kuchar.

Rules of Golf Trivia

Like all good sports history, opinions differ. Many point to Mary Queen of Scots, who some call the first female golfer. They say her highness coined the term “caddy” in 1552 when she called her minions cadets. Of course, le cadet is French for youngster of the family. So, the argument goes French military “cadets” carried clubs for golfing royalty and this practice came to Scotland when Queen Mary Stuart returned in 1561.

Q. Who made the most birdies in a row during a PGA golf tournament and how many did he make?


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