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Kenai Golf Course continues to improve daily

Posted: June 13, 2012 - 9:10am

The season continues to progress nicely. As the weather gets warmer, the course gets greener and in better playing condition each day. The greens are really filling in and rolling well. The few dead spots are disappearing. The greens have been split seeded and overseeded, and have received a second application of fertilizer. They have also been cut shorter this week. Players were surprised with the increase in speed. Please join me in asking the golf gods for warmer temps and a nice warm rain in the evenings hours, stopping at 6am. Hah! That isn’t asking for too much, is it?  In any event, you will be surprised at the great condition of our greens. Dusty and Willy have done a great job. Give them a pat on the back when you see them.

Work continues on the right hand side of green #2. We are mounding that area to cover stumps and roots. This will provide for some interesting shots and better playing conditions. Shane Zimmerman has completed his work in this area. Now Dusty and Willy will begin the packing process. Great job, guys. It really looks good. Work has been completed on the right hand side of #13 green. Grow, grass, grow.  

Hook-a-Kid on Golf started this Monday. 24 students are participating in a week long golf camp. This is great program designed to teach the fundamentals of golf. Instructors include John Dahlgren, Tommy Carver, Mary Starrs Armstrong, Andy Anderson, Mick Wykis, and Gordon Griffin. We all look forward to this exciting week. The graduation ceremony will be held on Friday at 11am. Our site coordinator, Bob Sizemore, has done an outstanding job setting up this event for us.

The first Ladies’ Clinic also started Monday. Twenty ladies have joined this exciting program. It is a three day clinic, held 6 to 8pm. The instructors in this event include Tommy Carver, Ron Goecke, Mark and Gordon Griffin. All proceeds go to our junior golf program.  

The first junior clinic, taught by Tommy Carver, is scheduled for June 19 – 21, 10am to noon. If you would like more information, please contact the clubhouse or Tommy Carver. Check our website, www.kenaigolfcourse.com for the most up to date information on all events and clinics. 

On June 5th, 17 seniors took to the course for Senior League, this plays every Tuesday at 9:30am. It is under the capable direction of Jerry Norris. Thank you, Jerry, for all the hard work and effort you put into this event. At the June 5th event Gordon Griffin won Low Gross with a 42. Dwight Kramer and Dale Sandahl tied for Low Net with 37s. Noel Widmayer won the longest putt on hole #18 with a distance of 29’4”.  Great putt, Noel!  

This past Thursday, 27 players got together for Mens’ Night. This is a the largest number of players for Mens’ Night in the last three years. The enthusiasm and comradarie has started to take effect. Thank you, Mark Azzara, for your hard work and many phone calls to promote Men’s Night. Three teams tied at 2 under par. A chip off was held on hole #10. The first place team after the chip off was Young, Baker, Sutherland, Baldwin, and Taylor. The second place team included Kiel, Swan, Henley, and Verges. The third place team included Harrison, Haralson, Matthew, Simac, and Kirkfliet. Closest to the Pin on hole #14 was won by Trevor Hordeman. Closest to the Pin on hole #10 was won by Ron Kirkfliet. Closest ot the Pin on the second shot on hole #18 was won by Matt Federle. A good time was had by all. In order to accommodate work schedules, this event has been changed to 6:30 every Thursday evening.

June Tournament Schedule: 16th — The Elks, 22nd — Boys and Girls Club, 17th — KGA and Atigun Cup event, 23rd — the AGA.

July Tournament Schedule: 7th — Brown Bear Tournament, 14th — Firefighters Tournament, 20th — Tesoro/United Way Tournament, 28th — The Alliance Tournament, 29th — Kenai Golf Association Tourney.

Atigun Cup Standings: Atigun Cup Update: 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 2nd place finisher Chris Morin, shooting an 82. And also congratulations to Gordon Griffin and Ken Liedes for shooting 83’s. 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.

Thank you all for a great start on an exciting golf season. As always, see you on the course.  

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