Bird Homestead develops quite the men's night

Men's night at Bird Homestead Golf Course is quickly catching on. This last week we had 29 men Tuesday night at 6:30 playing a nine-hole, blind-draw scramble. Each week we grow a little more.
It was a very exciting night for some. The two top teams coming in 4 under had a chip-off for first place and Mike Gardner led his team to a victory with a chip from about 70 yards out into the cup. First place went to Mike Gardner, Roy Bird, Max Carpenter and Regan DeMello, followed by Greg Harrington, Robbie Robertson, Dave Kerkvliet and Tim Moeglein for second.
Greg Harrington and JE Wells split the pot for pure birdie on No. 2, which is not an easy hole to birdie. Aaron Brown landed closest to the pin on No. 6 and Carl Forsyth was closest to on No. 8. Mike Gardner was the true golfer of the evening, also taking the long-drive pot. These guys play every Tuesday, rain or shine, with a 6:30 tee time.
The Wednesday morning duffers headed out at 10 a.m. for a nine-hole, blind-draw scramble. Steve Ellis, Wyatt Ellis, Jack Kimmer and Mike Gardner took first, shooting 3 under. Mike Gardner also won the long putt on No. 5. Pat Bird landed closest to on No. 8 and Steve Ellis had closest to on No. 6. These folks tee off every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. for anyone who may be interested in just some good ol' golfing fun.
We held the 16th Annual Peninsula Moose Lodge Scholarship Classic on July 29 with 28 entries. Rob Moore, Dave Carpenter, Brad Carver and Kevin Downs took first place, shooting 5 under par. John Glidden took closest to on No. 6 at 19 feet, 2 inches, Brad Carver was closest to on No. 8 at 5 feet, 3 inches, and Pat Bird had closest to on No. 15 at 5 feet, 2 inches.
This was an awesome fundraiser for the scholarships that the Moose Lodge provides each year to our local high school seniors heading for college. We would like to thank everyone who participated and all the sponsors that donated time, money and prizes to make this tournament a great success. The Moose Lodge has already scheduled next year's event for July 14, 2012, at 10 a.m. Be sure to mark your calendars.
Today at 10 a.m. we have the Fifth Annual Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Tournament sponsored by Stanley Chrysler. This tournament is usually a full tournament with a lot of great prizes donated by the sponsors and other local businesses and a nice barbecue after golfing. This is a four-person team, 18-hole scramble. If you do not have a team you can call the Food Bank, Stanley Chrysler or the clubhouse and we will help find you one. All of the power carts have been reserved for this tournament and we are expecting a great turnout.
If you haven't been out to the course lately you should come and try it. Every year it gets a little better and with the hard work of our grounds crew, things look better than ever. We are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call for a tee time or just stop out at Mile 11.8 Funny River Road.


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