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Better greens don’t necessarily make better putting stoke

Posted: August 18, 2011 - 8:00am  |  Updated: August 18, 2011 - 10:29am

Summer sure seems to pass a lot quicker than winter in Alaska. Remember early May when our greens had yet to come in? I do. In the first column I complained about how bad my putting had been in the bumpy conditions, but thanks to the Birch Ridge celebrity panel, our greens have never been in better condition.

Logically, you would assume my putting improved along with the course? Unfortunately, that's not the case. I'm still missing everything I look at. I've even gone to a left hand low grip in hopes of finding the bottom of the cup someday. It's my hope that the higher handicap player that reads this will find comfort in my struggles. Even good players can't do anything right on a golf course.

While the golf season is winding down, don't think you're out of opportunities to have some fun at the golf course. We have a number of remaining tournaments this season, including the always popular B & B that the Birch Ridge Golf Association hosts in conjunction with our friends out at Bird Homestead. For information about this tournament and others give the pro shop a call.

Senior League

The Birch Ridge Senior Tour concluded another week of wrinkled action Monday. The Mayor of Kasilof, Ray Hamby, shot a net 28 to crush his city slicker competitors. Don "legend" McGhee rolled his ball within 15 feet of the cup at the sixth for closest to. Mick "Jagger" Reeve rocked the field with a dazzling display of dexterity at the eighth, leaving his ball closer to the pin than any other golfer and Steve Hammarstrom rolled in an absolute bomb from 5 feet for the long putt at the ninth.

Tuesday Morning Ladies League

The girls played a game called "Bingo Bango Bongo" this week. I have no clue what that means and have little to no desire to find out. Denise "on the rocks" Cox emerged victorious with 12 pops. Next week the ladies will be hosting their end-of-the-year party. There is no truth to the rumor that I will be providing Las Vegas-style entertainment for the ladies at this event. However, money talks and I listen.

Tuesday Couples Night

A lucky 13 couples came out to play under the scorching hot sun Tuesday for another week of sensual golfing action. This week's format was a Two-Person Trifecta, which if nothing else sounds very entertaining. Del "hot sticks" Hoagland and his pulchritudinous wife, Sally, ran roughshod over the field with a devastating net 24.5. Second place belonged to the tactical Tachicks, Steve and Sally. Coming in third were the colorful Cowans, Pat and Mrs. Boss. Couples night has been a very successful event this year and there's no reason it won't continue to be in the future. If you haven't participated before, we encourage you to come out and experience a night filled with exercise and marital therapy.

Birch Ridge Golf Committee's Officially Unofficial Golf Rankings

The Birch Ridge celebrity panel was blown away by Keegan Bradley's performance at the PGA Championship. It's not easy to make a triple at the 15th on Sunday and still bounce back to win a major championship. It seems every week new players are emerging to join an already crowded group of brilliant 20-somethings. Rory McIlroy's hold on the top spot is extremely tenuous, as is most of the top 10. There are two new faces this week; Bradley enters the rankings after his PGA Championship win at seventh and Adam Scott's caddy, Steve Williams, moves ahead of the golfer formerly known as Tiger Woods with a brilliant run on the bag.

1. Rory McIlroy; 2. Luke Donald; 3. Charl Schwartzel; 4. Adam Scott; 5. Lee Westwood; 6. Jason Day; 7. Keegan Bradley; 8. Steve Stricker; 9. Steve Williams; 10. The Golfer Formerly Known As Tiger Woods.

Golf Trivia

Answer from last week: Tom Watson has been named PGA Tour player of the year a record six times.

Q. Which famous American golfer recorded a hole in one during his first professional PGA Tour event?

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