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Kenai Course enjoys successful Donnie Morgan tourney

Posted: August 24, 2011 - 9:51am

The 2011 KGA Donnie Morgan Championship was a big success.

It was nice to visit with Dick and Shirley Morgan to express appreciation for all they have done for us over the years. We do thank them for everything they have accomplished for all of us. Thanks again for the great cake you provided. We enjoyed it very much. Thanks to Bill Bushnell and Pizza Hut for providing the great pizza on Sunday. Thanks also to Doug Jung and Carrs-Safeway for providing all the goodies for Saturday and Sunday. 

Congratulations to Tommy Carver for becoming the new club champion. Congratulations also to Jessie Wade, who is the new Net Champion.  Great shooting, guys.

Chris Murray finished third with a total of 161, followed by Ken Liedes and Gordon Griffin with a gross of 163 each. Congratulations also to John Dahlgren for shooting 167 and Doug Jung for shooting 168. Greg Harrington, Rich Edwards, Chris Morin and Mark Griffin finished with a gross of 170 each. Charlie K finished 12th with a gross of 173 and Todd Eskelin followed with 175. 

In the net competition, Wade won with a net of 144 followed by Ryan Hardy with a 145. Murray and Liedes came in with a net of 145 each, followed by Harrington with a net of 150 and Dahlgren with a net of 151. 

Closest to the Pin Contest, Saturday: No. 5, Andy Anderson 22—8; No. 9 Chris Murray, 12—11; No. 10, Bill Bushnell, 12—9; No. 1,4 Ken Liedes, 14—4.

Closest to the Pin, Sunday: No. 5, Mark Griffin 7—10; No. 9, Doug Jung, 23—7; No. 1,0 Ryan Hardy, 5—2; No. 14, Mark Griffin, 11—9. 

Third Annual Waddell and Reed 20 Over/Under Tournament

On Aug. 20, first place went to Ron Goecke with a net of 74. The second-place winner was Ryan Hardy, also with a net of 74. Goecke was declared the champion in a card back. Third place was won by Andy Anderson with a net of 76. The combo winners were Hardy and Jessie Wade with a combined net of 146.

The Closest to the Circle Competition on No. 6 was won by Greg Maturro. Closest to the Pin on No. 5 was won by Wade with 6—1-2. Wade also won No. 9 at 34—6. Jung won No. 10 with 6—1-4. Tyler Yamada won No. 14 with 15—8. Many thanks to Roy Wells and the staff of Waddell and Reed for putting on such an outstanding event.

Senior Competition

The seniors took to the course Aug. 9. Thirteen players participated in the weekly event. There was a tie for low net between Noel Widmayer and Jerry Norris. Low Gross was won by Craig Jung.

On Aug. 16, the seniors took to the course again. Kirk Hyman won Low Gross with a 41. Low Net was won by Bob Drews with a 34. The Closest to the Pin Competition was won by Norris with 10—8. The Longest Putt was won on No. 9 by Jung.

Course work

Work on No. 13 is almost completed. All the stumps and roots around the left side of the green have been covered with 3 feet of soil, creating a natural mound that is sloped back to the green, preventing the ball from going into the woods. Now all that needs to be done is some leveling and seeding. Immediately after this project is complete, the same type of treatment will begin around No. 2. We are looking forward to the completion of these projects. Thank you Dusty and Willie for doing such an outstanding job.

Walker Cup

The last two years of the Walker Cup have been very interesting. A blowout was administered by each club in respective years. However, on both occasions many close matches went the distance. In each case, the final score was not indicative of the level of competition on display. I would like to congratulate our guys for being gracious in defeat and in victory.

Tournament Schedule

Aug. 27, Memorial Tournament; Sept. 3-4, Kenai Open; Sept. 11, final KGA event and final event of the Atigun Cup Competition; Sept. 23, Glow Ball Tournament. For more information on the Glow Ball Tournament, contact Jennifer Rosin at 398-2808.

As always, I would like to encourage everyone to come out and experience some great fall golf. See you on the course.

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