Birch Ridge prepares for end-of-season tournaments

It’s the first day of September. That’s depressing, isn’t it?
September means that golf season is winding down on the Kenai Peninsula, so for all you obsessed duffers out there make sure to take advantage of however many sunny days we have left.

There are a few remaining events still on the calendar our golfers should be aware of. The B & B golf tournament, which is played at both Bird Homestead and Birch Ridge, will be held Sept. 11.

The Peninsula Senior Amateur has been rescheduled for Sept. 16-17 and the final tournament of the year, The Cold Weather Classic, will take place on Sept. 24.

I promise the weather will be absolutely gorgeous for all of these events.

Senior League

Sixteen scintillatingly magnificent seniors remembered to show up Monday for another week of Birch Ridge Senior Tour action.

John “The Last DJ” Davis rocked out to a net 29, taking the fewest strokes on the day. Davis also held onto a closest-to with an excellent shot within 12 feet at the sixth.

Don “Legend” McGhee decided to hit his shot closer to the hole than any other golfer at the eighth, and Sid “Vicious” Cox had the long putt, a whopping 4 feet, 5 inches, on the ninth green.

Attention all seniors: Next week you’re playing at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The following week you’ll return to playing at 10 a.m. Mondays for the remainder of the season.

Tuesday Morning Ladies League

Ladies league has run its course for the 2011 season. No news here. Move along.

Tuesday Couples Night

Due to inclement weather, couples night was cancelled this past week.

I’m sure our golfing lovebirds used the night off to practice their putting at home, next to a warm fire or over a bottle of wine, as they intimately critiqued each other’s putting strokes.

Could an evening be more romantic? Of course not.

If you brought out the driver, maybe, but it’s tough to take full swings indoors. Is the last sentence why I’m currently single?

That’s very possible.

Birch Ridge Golf Committee's Officially Unofficial Golf Rankings

Dustin Johnson had a big week on tour winning the weather-shortened Barclay’s. The win gives D.J. a boost in the rankings and a fine start toward winning the FedEx playoffs.

1. Rory McIlroy; 2. Luke Donald; 3. Adam Scott; 4. Charl Schwartzel; 5. Lee Westwood; 6. Keegan Bradley; 7. Dustin Johnson; 8. Steve Stricker; 9. Jason Day; 10. Ricky Fowler.

Golf Trivia

Answer from last week: Rodman Wanamaker was the original founder of the PGA. Wanamaker put up $2,500 along with various medals and awards for the inaugural event. Wanamaker was an aviation pioneer.

Question: Who hit the longest recorded drive in PGA Tour history and how long was it?

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