Kenai Golf Report: Many work to keep course in shape



e’re off to a great start at the Kenai Golf Course. The greens are greening up and getting fuller. All the greens have been slit-seeded and over-seeded. No. 14 is NOT a temporary green. It really looks nice.

Our biggest problem is hole No. 10. However it is starting to fill in. We will continue to work on it until it fills in completely. A good dose of sunshine and summer heat will do us a lot of good.  

The fairways are in outstanding condition. Doug Haralson has been mowing them once a week for the last three weeks. He is doing an excellent job. Charlie Waguespack is now mowing the rough. It has finally grown long enough to mow. Good definition can now be seen in all areas. Thank you, Charlie, and welcome back.  

The left-hand side of No. 13 has been seeded. We should see a real difference in that area soon. Work has begun on the right-hand side of No. 2. Shane Zimmerman has covered a group of stumps in that area and will continue to work on the area until all stumps are covered. It looks really nice.

When we finish you will no longer be blocked from the green on shots into the green. We are still cutting up fallen trees and piling up branches from the winter winds. This process will continue all year. What a chore. Jerry Norris has his work cut out for him.

Dwight Kramer is working on our new practice area. Dusty and Willie will soon plug and top-dress and over-seed that area. Thank you, Dwight, for all your hard work. It is amazing how long it takes to get a new area in good shape. 

Senior League (May 31)

A great time was had by all at this event. Thank you, Jerry Norris, for continuing to do such a great job with this program. The Senior League plays every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. At the May 31 event Gordon Griffin won low gross with a 39. Jim Bradford won low net with a 35. Gordon Griffin was closest to the pin on No. 5. If you would like more information on this event, contact the clubhouse or Jerry Norris. 

Men’s Night

Men’s Night is off to a great start! Join us at 6 p.m. every Thursday evening. This past Thursday night, a total of 18 golfers participated. All were treated to free chili. A good time was had by all.

The winning team at 3-under par included Kirk Hyman, Gary Thomas, Matt Federle, and CJ Handley. The second-place team in a chip-off at 2-under included Mark Azzara, Kyle Swann, Gary Rogers and Vince Simac. The third-place team at 1-under included Ken Liedes, Kelly Reichter, Ed, and Billy Taylor. Closest to the pin on No. 5 was won by Kirk Hyman at 8 feet, 5.5 inches. Closest to the pin on No. 9 was won by Ken Liedes at 25 feet, 9 inches.  

Atigun Cup

Here are the current points in the Atigun Cup: Rene Alvarez – 15 points, Chris Morin – 14 points, Gordon Griffin – 13 points, Ken Liedes – 12 points, Mark Griffin – 11 points, Todd Eskelin – 10 points, Doug Jung – 9 points, Jesse Wade – 8 points, Chuck Rupenthal – 7 points, Mark Azzara – 6 points, Kirk Hyman – 5 points, Doug Haralson – 4 points, Greg Harrington – 3 points, Chris Murray – 0 points, Derek Kaufman – 0 points, John Dahlgren – 0 points.

These points were accumulated at the Dick and Shirley Morgan Kickoff Tournament. Congratulations again to Rene Alvarez for some great early season golf, shooting an 80. Also, congratulations to our second-place finisher Chris Morin, shooting an 82. And also congratulations to Gordon Griffin and Ken Liedes for shooting 83s. If you would like to be a part of this season’s points race, please contact Kirk Hyman or call the clubhouse at 283-7500.

June Tournament Schedule

Here’s the tournament for June: June 9 – Masonic Tourney, June 15 – Elks, June 22 – Boys and Girls Club, June 17 – KGA Event, June 23 – AGA Event. The AGA is a two-day tournament. June 23 is played in Kenai, followed by Birch Ridge on June 24. The format is two-man teams — six holes scramble, six holes best ball and six holes alternate shot. For more information on the event, contact Kenai or Birch Ridge golf courses. This is a fundraiser for the junior golf programs at both courses.

Upcoming clinics

The first ladies clinic is June 11 to 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Sixteen ladies have already signed up for this great clinic. For more information or to sign up, contact the clubhouse at 283-7500.

Hook-a-Kid on Golf is June 11 to 15. We have 24 students enrolled. Instructors for this program include John Dahlgren, Mary Armstrong, Tommy Carver and Gordon Griffin.  

The first junior clinic is June 19 to 21, 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Tom Carver or the clubhouse.

As you can see, everything is up and running at the Kenai Golf Course. Everyone is having a great time and enjoying great early season golf. As always, we’ll see you on the course.


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