Welcome to a new and exciting golf season at the Kenai Golf Course! The winter treated us well. We have already cut the greens twice and we are playing on all 18 greens. Number 14 is firm and dry. This is the earliest we have ever been on this green.
The greens are full and turning green with only a few dead spots in the low areas. The slit seeding and over-seeding process has started. The greens and tee boxes are receiving water at night. Fertilizing will begin soon.
During the winter we lost about 90 trees. Don’t worry, the trees on the #11 fairway and in front of the 17th green survived Mother Nature’s brutal attack. They will continue to insure that golfers will not take advantage of those holes. The most significant tree loss was the big spruce on the right side of #10 green. This really opened up the tee shot to the green. I am sure people who draw the ball will miss that tree a lot. Mark and Lara Griffin worked off and on all winter cutting up fallen trees and hauling brush to get the course ready for play. Thank you both very much.
It was a pleasure to see that all staff from last year back at work. They include Ron Goecke (Pro Shop manager), Dusty Culbreath (course superintendent), Willie Perkins (master greenskeeper), Brent Mello and Patrick Moore (night watering specialists), Charlie Waguespack will continue to mow the rough, Jerry Carlson and Mike Ruffridge will continue to be our marshalls. Logan and Connor Harrelson will continue to take care of the carts and driving range. Dan Young and Steven Honrud are in charge of special projects. Mark and Lara Griffin will continue to work on special projects and behind the counter in the Pro Shop, and John Ragan and Neil Baldridge are the mechanics for our equipment and carts.
Recently added positions include Doug Harrelson to take care of fairways and bunkers, and Shane Zimmerman for general maintenance. We have a great staff ready to serve you and make your golf experience a pleasant one.
You can tell summer is indeed here when the Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick-Off Tournament arrives. This past weekend we had a great tournament and very pleasant weather. It was really nice to see Dick and Shirley in the Clubhouse. It was especially nice to see them greeting everyone. They will always be a major part of the Kenai Golf Course. Their vision has truly given us all a great deal of pleasure. Thank you, Dick and Shirley, for your continued encouragement and support.
The tournament itself was filled with good scores and great competition. Our Gross champion was Rene Alvarez, shooting an 80. Other notable gross scores included Chris Moring with an 82, Gordon Griffin with an 83, Ken Liedes with an 83, and Mark Griffin with an 84.
Our Net champion was Ryan Hardy. Second lowest net was Gordon Griffin, third lowest net was Mark Griffin, fourth lowest net was Chuck Rupenthal, fifth lowest net was Ken Liedes and sixth lowest net was Chris Morin.
Closest to the Pin Competition on hole #5 was won by Rene Alvarez with 3’8-1/2”, #9 Charlie Rehder with 7’5-1/2”, #10 Mark Griffin with 10’7-1/2”, and #14 Joe Deveaux with 7’10-1/2”. Closest to the Pin, second shot on #18 was won by Jim Bradford with 40’8-1/2”. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the great opening season event.
June Tournament Schedule:
June 9th the Masonic, 16th the Elks, 17th KGA, 22nd Boys and Girls Club, 23rd Anchorage Golf Association.
The first Ladies’ Clinic is June 11th through the 13th, 6 to 8pm. The first Junior Clinic is June 19th–21st, 10am to noon, the Men’s Short Game Clinic is June 5th, 6 to 8pm. The Hook-a-Kid-on Golf program is June 11th–15th. You can check out the clinics and lessons page of our website at www.kenaigolfcourse.com.
Senior League has started. It is every Tuesday at 9am. For more information, contact Jerry Norris.
Men’s Night starts May 31st at 6pm. For more information on all events at the Kenai Golf Course, call the clubhouse at 283-7500.
As you can see, everything is up and running. We are looking forward to a great golf season. As always, see you on the course.