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Sunny skies help greens fill in at Kenai course

Posted: June 29, 2011 - 9:12am

The warm weather and a little sunshine are keeping our mowing crew hopping. The greens are really filling in nicely. We are looking forward to the next three months of the golf season. In the near future we will start working on new projects. We will continue to work on our new practice area, making it better each year.

It’s amazing, No. 14 is in great condition. Each year we think we are going to have to do something drastic to that green and each year it springs back to life. We are going to expand the green, making it into an hourglass configuration in the near future. This will allow us to have a green while we are waiting for the regular green to dry out. It will make for some interesting hole locations.

As always, when you start a project it takes a year or so for it to mature. Many thanks to Dale Sandahl for making that suggestion about No 14. All constructive suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.

Next week the greens will be lowered to the height they will remain during July and August. All greens have been slit seeded and are coming in nicely. Some top dressing will begin in the near future. As you can see, we are making every effort to insure quality and playability. Thank you to Dusty and Willy for a job well done.

The Elks Tournament went extremely well. Thank you, Jack Focose, for a job well done. Thank you for doing such a great job organizing this event. Sixty-four players participated in this event. Proceeds went to their scholarship program. Children throughout the school district benefitted from this tournament. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated. 

The Boys and Girls Club Tournament was also a huge success.

One-hundred and six players participated in this event. Many thanks to Mike Navarre and his crew for being so well organized. The sponsoring firm of Lambe, Tudor, and Wagner finished first at 15 under par. Atigun finished second at 12 under, and Peninsula Ear, Nose, and Throat finished third at 12 under par also. Great job, everyone. 

The Red Lantern Award went to CPGH at plus-4. CPGH was also a tournament sponsor. June Ruda won the Women’s Long Drive. Mark Griffin won the Men’s Long Drive. Closest to the Pin winners were: No. 5, Charlie Weimerat, 20 feet, 11 inches; No. 9, Mike Navarre, 2 feet, 10 inches; No. 10, Mark Berezin, 14 feet, 4 inches; No. 14, George Stein, at 13 feet, 9 inches.

Congratulations to all the winners and to all who participated.

Mark Griffin took the lead in the gross division on the Atigun Cup after the most recent KGA event at 17.5 points, followed by Gordon Griffin with 15 points, Chris Morin with 15 points, Doug Jung with 12 points, Todd Eskelin with 11.5 points and Tommy Carver with 11 points. Ken Liedes and Rene Alvarez round out the top eight with nine points each.

In the net division of the Atigun Cup, Ryan Hardy maintained first place with 22.5 points, followed by Bill Bushnell with 20.5, Mike Kbschull with 16.5 points, John Glidden with 13 points, Jake Eubank with 12 points, Charlie K. with 11 points, Kirk Hymen with 11.5 points and Jeff Johns with four points.

The following individuals helped sponsor the Hook-a-Kid on Golf program:  Mike Navarre, Dusty Steinbeck, Kirk Hymen, Ron Goecke, Gordon and Debbie Griffin, Bob Sizemore, and Felix Martinez, and all members of the Kenai Golf Association. Without their financial support this program would not be possible. If you would like to help sponsor this program next year, please contact the clubhouse.

We would like to welcome our new employees, Logan Haralson and Connor Haralson. These individuals are responsible for helping to maintain our course and golf carts, as well as working on the driving range. 

Please welcome our new marshals, Johnny Sawyer and Mike Ruffridge. Thank you both for a job well done.

Congratulations to Sandy McDaniels for an eagle on hole No. 2 on May 24. This was her first eagle. Thank you to Dave Ramsey for electrical work on the pavilion. Many thanks to Dwight Kramer for his great work on our sand traps. Thank you, Craig Jung, for helping with the Boys and Girls Club Golf Tournament. Thank you to Jake Eubank for helping with the Hook-a-Kid on Golf Program. Thank you, Ron Goecke, for all the special things you do. We really appreciate it. Thank you, Mark and Lara Griffin, for all your hard work. Many, many thanks to John Ragan for getting all our carts ready for the recent golf tournaments. A big thank you goes to Dan Young and Steve Honrud for working so hard on our bridge. You both are life savers. And finally, thanks to all who come out and enjoy our golf course and all the special events we have.

As always, see you on the course.

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