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Kenai Golf Course rounds into top-notch form

Posted: June 23, 2011 - 11:54pm

The 2011 golf season is in full swing. The Kenai Golf Course is in great early season condition. The greens have been rolling well from the beginning. The goal is to have everything is great condition by July 1.

Players are getting used to some interesting changes at Kenai Golf Course. Red stakes have been added to the back side of No. 11, replacing the white stakes. Red stakes have also been added on the back of No. 2 and the white stakes have been removed from the back of No. 15. These changes will speed up play. Players are really enjoying these new changes.

The Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick Off Tournament was a big success with 33 players participating. It was nice to see Dick and Shirley at the tournament. Everyone got to say hello and wish them well. Dick and Shirley were certainly glad to see everyone again.

Doug Jung won low gross with a 76 and Ryan Hardy won the second division with a net 70. Congratulations to Doug and Ryan for a job well done. Doug and Ryan, with their victories, take the early lead in the Atigun Cup competition. The Atigun Cup is a season-long race that spans seven tournaments. This year there are a record 24 participants in two divisions.

The men's senior league got under way June 11. The team of Bob Bush and Andy Anderson won the competition with Noel Widmayer winning the longest putt. On June 18, eight rainy-day seniors took to the course again. Dale Sandahl won low gross and Jerry Norris won low net. Charlie Waguespak won the closest-to-the-pin competition. Many thanks to Jerry Norris for running and organizing this event. The senior league competition will continue every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

The ladies golf clinic got off to another great start May 23 to 25, with 12 ladies participating in the three-day clinic. The next ladies clinic was held June 21 to 23. That clinic is now in full swing with 20 ladies joining in the fun-filled event.

Thank you, ladies, for coming out to the Kenai Golf Course and participating in all the events we have for you. The next ladies clinic will be held July 18 to 20, 6 to 8 p.m. Ladies, if you would like to participate please contact the clubhouse at 283-7500 to sign up. Many thanks to Ron Goecke, Tommy Carver, Mark Griffin and Gordon Griffin for all their helpful instruction.

The first Kenai Golf Association Tournament was held this past weekend with 29 players joining the competition in three divisions. Gordon Griffin won the low-gross competition shooting a 75 and the low-net competition with a 67 in the first division. Chris Morin was second with a gross of 77 and a net of 71.

In the second division, Tom Bennett won with a net of 67. Kirk Hymen was second with a net of 68. In the third division, Bill Bushnell won with a net of 67 and Ryan Hardy was second with a net of 68. The following golfers won the closest-to-the-pin competition: No. 5 John Glidden, 5 feet, 8 inches; No. 9, Charlie Kahakauwila, 10-10; No. 10 Chris Morin, 7-6; and No. 14, Mike Kebschull, 8-4. A good time was had by all. Congratulations to all the winners and to all the participants.

This past week 24 kids participated in our Hook-a-Kid on Golf Program. What a great program! Many thanks to all the instructors: Mary Armstrong, Andy Anderson, John Dahlgren, Tommy Carver, Truckee LeMay and Tyler Yamada. Many thanks to Bob Sizemore, the site coordinator for this program. Without Bob's help and support, Hook-a-Kid would not have been possible.

I would like to encourage everyone to get out and play the Kenai Golf Course. We have great conditions and many fun-filled events for everyone.

As always, see you on the course.

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