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Bird Homestead Golf Course now has a rooster

Posted: July 1, 2011 - 8:00am  |  Updated: July 1, 2011 - 9:00am

Bird Homestead Golf Course has seen many summer visitors this season. They are taking advantage of our dry camping and weekend golfing. When you have had enough fishing; try a few rounds of golf. Most say they are fishing in the mornings and golfing in the afternoon and evenings. Who could ask for more?

It has worked out great for those with kids or for those who have never golfed as we provide clubs for those who want to try our water driving range. The kids think it is "cool" to hit the balls into the water.

Ladies night went very well this last week. The ladies teed off Monday night at 6:30 playing a nine-hole scramble with three-person teams. The weather was perfect and a few of the ladies got to meet the new addition to the golf course.

We have a white rooster hanging out on the edge of the fairways and he doesn't appear to be afraid of people. He tends to walk right up to people. Come and see if you can spot "Big Ben."

Amanda Bird took the long-drive winnings with a smashing drive on No. 1 and Pat Bird had the long putt on No. 3. The pots for closest to on Nos. 6 and 8 will carry to next week as no one was lucky enough to land on the greens from the tee boxes. The winning team of Faith Link, Susan Ellis and Pat Bird came in with an even par.

The ladies will not play on the Fourth of July, but will resume July 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday night at 6:30 we had 25 men for men's night. It was an excellent turnout with a lot of good golfing fun. We had several pure birdies but the prize winner was Roy Bird, shooting a birdie on No. 5. Tommy Sigurdssen had a birdie on No. 8 along with Josh Kerkvliet. The power hitter of the night was David Kerkvliet, taking long drive on No. 2. Nice drive, Dave!

Robbie Robertson landed closest to the pin on No. 6 and Tim Endsley was the closest on No. 8. All the pots were won this week so we will start fresh next week. The guys ended up in a chip-off for second place this week with Robbie Robertson, Steve Blunk and Trevor Hordemann holding second with a beautiful chip shot to No. 9 from Trevor.

The big winners of the night were Carl Forsyth, Darvin "Cuz" Cousins, Josh Kerkvliet and Roy Bird shooting 4 under par. Nice job guys. These guys play rain or shine every Tuesday night at 6:30. Be sure to mark it on your schedule for next week.

Our new group, the Wednesday Morning Duffers, had a good turnout at 10 a.m. They shoot for the closest to on Nos. 6 and 8 and they also do longest putt. None of the golfers were able to secure any of these pots so they will carry to next week.

Darell Jelsma, Larry Taylor, Steve Ellis and Mike Gardner took first, shooting 1 under par. This Wednesday morning group is open to anyone 18 or older who just likes to have some golfing fun. They tee off at 10 a.m. each Wednesday morning.

The Peninsula Moose Lodge 16th Annual Scholarship Classic takes place July 9. This is an 18-hole, four-person team scramble. The Moose Lodge provides scholarships to the local high school seniors who are trying to acquire a college education. They provide an excellent steak dinner at the clubhouse after the tournament and lots of goodies in between.

These tournaments that provide scholarships to our local students are a worthwhile cause. These kids are our future and some of them don't have the means to acquire that higher education needed to better themselves.

Entry forms are available at the Peninsula Moose Lodge in Kenai and at the clubhouse. Be sure to call and reserve your power carts if you need them, because they are limited.

We are expecting a great weekend at Bird Homestead Golf Course located at Mile 11.8 Funny River Road. Call for a tee time. Have a safe Fourth of July weekend.

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