Steve Dexheimer, affectionately known around here as Grand Pappy Dex, and his team of mercenaries captured another June Scramble championship this past Saturday at Birch Ridge Golf Course. Steve’s team of Mike Chenault, Brittany Bomar and Beau Forrest shot an incredible 16 under par!
Steve has now been a part of seven June Scramble winning teams. Unfortunately, the man he’s chasing for the overall crown is Mike Chenault. Mike has won an amazing nine championships. The winning score (54) set a new tournament record, breaking the previous mark (55) held by a number of teams.
Lee and Andrea Frey teamed up with father-in-law Dan Gensel, or dad, depending on which Frey you ask, to take first place in Division II. It wasn’t entirely a family affair. The team’s fourth was Jeff Yamaguchi of the Peninsula Oilers. The Frey-Gensel team proved that family outings at the golf course with in-laws don’t have to be excruciatingly painful, especially if you have a home-run-hitting baseball player on the team, in which case, they can be quite enjoyable.
Before we get to league play, I want to acknowledge a very special moment that occurred at The Ridge this past week. The superlative Sid Cox, whose weekly antics are becoming regular fodder for this column, had his first hole-in-one at the eighth on Thursday. Full disclosure, that’s one more ace than yours truly, which is extremely irritating.
Thursday nights at the golf course are typically slow and the pro shop was absent of beer drinkers when Sid arrived to celebrate his wonderful moment. Every golfer knows it’s mandatory to buy rounds after a hole-in-one to appease the venerable Golf god.
Unable to do so Thursday, Sid made a wonderful gesture and offered to buy a round for everyone that played in the June Scramble. Sid, you no doubt won the favor of the Golf god, and have assured yourself a future full of aces. If you’re wondering how I know so much about the Golf god and his mysterious ways, it’s because we’re Facebook friends.
Last Thursday, the Birch Ridge Golf Association hosted a junior golf tournament. We had 33 golfers this year, the most ever to participate in this event. All of us couldn’t be more impressed with the enthusiasm and skill displayed by this year’s group. Our age-group winners were Kaylee Merrill, Alice Han, Carter Nelson, Hudson Jackson, Bradley Kishbaugh and Jake Eubank. Congratulations to everyone that teed it up! It is my intention, along with my good friend and golf pro Bill Engberg, to promote junior golf as much as possible throughout the summer. Feel free to call the golf course and inquire about future clinics, private lessons and playing opportunities for your junior golfer.
Fourteen frosty old men took to the golf course for Monday morning’s senior league this week. John “The Last DJ” Davis shared first-place honors this week with the Mayor of Kasilof, Ray Hamby. John also claimed closest to at the sixth with a dazzling shot just 7 feet, 8 inches, from the cup. Was KSRM playing Queen’s “We Are the Champions” as he pulled out of the golf course parking lot? We’ll never know.
Tim Bowser gave the dogs something to bark about again this week with closest to at the eighth. Doc’s shot rolled within 4 feet, 3 inches, where he easily sank the putt for birdie. Pat McElroy took the final prize with the long putt on hole nine.
Tuesday Morning Ladies League
For once the Tuesday Morning Ladies didn’t get rained on! Is that cause for celebration? In Alaska, it just might be. The team of Dee Richards, Elaine Anderson and Kathy Herring came away victorious despite more than a few errant shots from Elaine. Rita Geller, Denise Cox and Carol Hussey paired up for a second-place finish.
Tonya Boedecker captured closest to at the sixth and Kathy Herring had the fewest putts with a tidy 15 strokes. Next week will be the potluck and I expect an excellent array of baked goods, ladies. I vividly recall one particular lady claiming a delicious carrot cake. Put your carrots where your mouth is!
Tuesday Couples Night
Once again, the real Birch Ridge Dream Team, not those frauds that got waxed in a violent sandstorm during the June Scramble, took home first-place honors at this week’s Couples Night. Of course, I’m talking about Steve and Sally Tachick, who teamed up with Gary Dawkins and Lori Bishop for the win. Spencer “Weeklong Warrior” Tachick, Steve and Sally’s son, paired with Val Ischi and the wonderful Weimer duo, Charlie and Lori, to take second. The format once again combined the individual gross scores of all players minus their handicaps.
Birch Ridge Golf Committee’s Officially Unofficial Golf Rankings
The Birch Ridge Celebrity Golf Panel was blown away by Rory McIlroy’s performance at Congressional. The 22-year-old essentially lapped the field in winning his first U.S. Open. McIlroy’s historic performance should end any discussion about the game’s well-being without Tiger Woods leading the way. Even Mark Matarrese, Tiger’s unabashed No. 1 fan, has moved on to a life without Eldrick.
If Tiger knew that “The Matterhorn” had finally abandoned ship, his golfing depression would surely plummet to historical depths. With McIlroy and budding rival Jason Day emerging from a deep group of talented 20-somethings, the game couldn’t be healthier.
1. Rory McIlroy
2. Lee Westwood
3. Luke Donald
4. Jason Day
5. Graeme McDowell
6. Steve Stricker
7. Charl Schwartzel
8. Matt Kuchar
9. Phil Mickelson
10. Bubba Watson
Rules of Golf Trivia
Answer from last week: Mark Calcavecchia made nine consecutive birdies during a single round!
Q. What’s the record for most consecutive professional tournament wins and who holds it?