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Posted: August 4, 2011 - 10:42am

I’m trying to think of something to write that’s catchy and fun, but I keep looking outside at the dreary weather and it’s giving me a serious bout of writers block.

Rain sucks. Let’s just be honest about it. We can say it’s good for the golf course, and it is, but who cares. I don’t like it. I want sunshine. I need sunshine. How else can I maintain my ridiculous golf tan lines?

Things have slowed down recently at the golf course, so much so that I found entertainment in my friend, Spencer “weeklong warrior” Tachick, finally breaking 80 for the first time. Hallelujah! Spencer is proof that if you continue to push on the door, even though it says pull, eventually the door will break, and you’ll be able to walk through.

Don’t be getting too carried away, though, Spence. We need that outrageous handicap of yours in some of these pro-am events.

In more relevant news, the Seward Seahawks booster club held a successful tournament last weekend raising money for their high school sports teams. Their annual success with this event makes me wonder why our local schools don’t hold similar outings to raise money during the summer for our young athletes. Perhaps this is something our community can work on in the future.

Kenai Peninsula Open at Birch Ridge

Registration forms are now available for the Kenai Peninsula Open. We’ll award prizes for men and women golfers in both net and gross divisions.

Low men’s amateur will win a set of custom fit Callaway RAZR tour irons. Winners of both the men’s and women’s net division will walk away with Callaway Diablo Octane drivers. We’ll also have some great swag, as the young kids would say, to give away as door prizes.
Players of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and join the fun. For more information about the tournament or hole sponsorship opportunities, please call the pro-shop.

Phil Turkington Golf Classic

The Soldotna Elks Lodge will be hosting the Phil Turkington Golf Classic on Aug. 13. Registration forms for this scramble event can be found at the pro-shop, 4-D carpet and the Soldotna Elks Lodge.

Golfers who sign up before Saturday will receive a $10 discount on their entry fee, so don’t hesitate to join. No Elks were harmed during the writing of this article.

Senior League

Thirteen lucky seniors showed up for another day of riveting league action.

John “the last DJ” Davis danced his way to low net with a sparkling 30 strokes. Davis also captured a closest-to on No. 8, while Tom Boedecker sunk the long putt at No. 9.

The party fund was a real winner this week as nary a wayward senior was able to hit the green on the par-3 No. 6.

Tuesday Morning Ladies League

The lovable ladies of the Ridge were rained out on Tuesday. Just two hardy Alaskan women, Leona “eye of the tiger” Jackson and Denise “on the rocks” Cox, challenged the treacherous conditions. Both women emerged victoriously soaked.

Tuesday Couples Night

Neither rain, wind nor snow could stop our flock of lovebirds from teeing it up Tuesday night for another round of scintillating couples action.

OK, snow is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea. The weather was awful. Tom and Tonya Boedecker saved their marriage by claiming a narrow victory over Del and Sally Hoagland. The Boedecker’s posted an unbelievable net 24.5 on the evening. Were all nine holes played? The celebrity panel is investigating.

Birch Ridge Golf Committees Officially Unofficial Golf Rankings

PGA Tour rookie Scott Stallings captured the Greenbrier Championship last weekend in a rather uneventful tournament. Across the pond, Simon Dyson, who looks nothing like an Irishman, won the Irish Open.

With little to see from the top players in the world, the rankings remain intact from the previous week. Only Phil Mickelson drops a couple spots for missing the cut at the Greenbrier:

1. Rory McIlroy; 2. Luke Donald; 3. Lee Westwood; 4. Jason Day; 5. Steve Stricker; 6. Charl Schwartzel; 7. Dustin Johnson; 8. Graeme McDowell; 9. Darren Clarke; 10. Phil Mickelson.

Golf Trivia

Answer from last week: Lee Trevino famously stated, “In case of a thunderstorm, stand in the middle of the fairway and hold up a one iron, even god can’t hit a one iron”. Lee’s quotes became so popular they were coined Trevinoisms. Here’s another beloved quote from the Merry Mex, “There are two things that won’t last long in this world, and that’s dogs chasing cars and pros putting for pars”.

Q. In medal play its proper etiquette to play in turn, but there is no penalty for playing out of turn. Is the same true in match play?

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