It's hard to believe July is over. What a great month it was for golf - so much better than last year. Let's hope August is just as good with the right amounts of sunshine and rain.
One-hundred players took to the course in the annual Alliance Golf Tournament. The Alliance staff of the Kenai Chapter president Bob Favretto, with his staff of Rebecca Logan, Ann Nazthcutt and Rene Limage, did an outstanding job of organizing and running the tournament. Volunteer Jeremy Iverson of North Star Equipment Services also did an outstanding job. All 25 teams finished in less than five hours. Great job.
The first-place team from BP included Dave Darsey, Rich Relano, Elliot LaChapell and Adam Walgenbach. They finished at 7-under par. Great shooting, guys.
The second-place squad from Enerflex included Mike Kebschull, Charlie Kahakalulle, Keith Stasek and Tyler Yamada. The Peninsula Clarion team placed third and included Stan Pitlo, Mike Brown, Dusty Steinbeck and Papapa Silviva Nicholas.
The Women's Long Drive on No. 6 was won by Heather Pieto. The Women's Closest to the Pin contest was won by Diana Zirul. The Men's Long Drive Contest on No. 2 was won by Matthew Malone, and the Closest to the Pin competition was won by Barry Brewer.
I would like to congratulate all the competitors for a job well done. I would also like to thank all the sponsors for this event, and a big thank you for all the compliments we received regarding the condition of the Kenai Golf Course.
Fourteen seniors took to the course July 26. Dale Sandahl won Low Gross with a 38. Great shooting, Dale. Low Net was won by Andy Anderson. Bill Davis won the Closest to the Pin competition. Jerry Norris, you have done an outstanding job with this program all year. We appreciate your efforts and hope your shoulder gets better soon.
Atigun Cup Update
The KGA event Aug. 7 will be the next tournament that is part of the Atigun Cup competition.
Gross Division: Gordon Griffin, 27 points; Doug Jung, 24; Mark Griffin, 22.5; Tommy Carver, 20; Rene Alvarez, 19.5; Chris Morin, 15; Todd Eskelin, 13.5; Ken Liedes, 9.5; Rich Edwards, 9.
Net Division: Bill Bushnell, 30.5 points; Mike Kebschull, 27.5; Ryan Hardy, 24.5; Charlie K., 23; Jake Eubank, 21; John Glidden, 18; Kirk Hyman, 15.5; Jeff Johns, 4.
Aug. 6, Enstar; Aug. 7, KGA; Aug. 13, 20-plus Tournament; Aug. 20-21, Donnie Morgan Club Championship; Aug. 27, Memorial Tournament; Sept. 3-4, Kenai Open; Sept. 11, Final KGA event and final tournament of the Atigun Cup. If you would like to participate in any of these events, please contact the clubhouse.
To Craig Jung for helping with the Alliance Golf Tournament. You did a great job on the driving range and helping with the beverage cart. Dwight Kramer, the sand traps are in the best even condition. We have many positive comments about your hard work. John Ragan, thanks for getting us through another major golf tournament with our carts.
Diana Zirul, we appreciate your helpful suggestions regarding the ladies' tee markers on No. 15. Mike Ruffridge, you are a terrific marshal. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. To Neal Baldridge, thanks for fixing up our old work carts and for doing it with such pleasure.
As always, see you on the golf course.