What a week we have had at the Kenai Golf Course Ladies’ Clinics, Junior Clinics, the Elks Tournament and the KGA Tournament. Play has been outstanding and everyone is enjoying the condition of the Kenai Golf Course. Thank you so much for the many compliments. As the year continues we will continue to improve the course as much as possible.
A new trail has been cut into the ladies t-box on #15, replacing the plywood we had in that area. Much, much better! Shane Zimmerman and Dwight Kramer have completed the sand trap on our new practice area. Thank you, guys, it really looks great. Work will begin soon on the ladies #6 t-box. We will top dress and re-seed that area. During this process we will have a temporary tee just to the left side of the current t-box. In the meantime, we ask for your patience as we strive to improve this area. Grass is starting to grow on the left hand side of #13 finally. It is coming in lush and thick. When the growing process is complete and the ground under repair ropes have been removed this will greatly improve the playing conditions in that area.
On June 12, twelve seniors took to the course in blustery playing conditions. Tom Allison won Low Gross and Bill Davis won Low Net. We will, however, not mention the scores. Jerry Norris won Closest to the pin on the second shot on hole #14 with a shot of 24’6” from the pin, not too bad in windy conditions. Congratulations to everyone who participated. Jerry Norris continues to do an excellent job with this weekly event. Just a reminder that Senior Day is every Tuesday at 9:30am. Seniors, come out and join the fun. Also, during the senior play this past week, Tom Allison made an eagle on hole #8. Congratulations, Tom!
What a difference a year makes. Men’s Night has really taken off at the Kenai Golf Course, thanks in large part to Mark Azzara and his friends. This past Thursday 27 players attended Men’s Night. The first place team at -2 was Mick Wykis, Mr. Simak, Dewie McConnell, and Keith Stasek. The second place team, at -1 was Dan Young, Trevor Baldwin, Gary Rogers, and Jeff Johns. Dan Young, for the second week in a row, won second place for his team in a chip off on hole #10. I don’t know, Mr. Young, I did wonder why you practiced that shot on #10 so often this week.
The third place team was also at -1: Dwight Kramer, Ed Scarfate, Greg Maturro, and Bill Taylor. The Long Drive on hole #4 was won by CH Henley, with a drive of 294 yards, and the funny thing about that is that he said he missed it and hit it on the toe. Closest to the pin on hole #5 was won by Mark Azzara at 12’2”. On hole #9 no one hit the ball on the green, therefore, there will be a carryover next Thursday night which will make that Closest to the Pin worth a lot of money.
The first KGA event, which is also an Atigun cup event, was a tremendous success. First Low Net was won by John Dahlgren with a net of 70. Second Low Net was won by Rich Edwards with a net of 72. Third Low Net was won by Bob Sizemore with a 73. John Dahlgren also won the Gross Side Pot with a gross of 78. Bob Sizemore with an 80 in the Gross Division and Gordon finished third with an 82. Closest to the Pin on hole #5 was won by John Dahlgren at 2’1/4”. What a great shot that was. Closest to the Pin on #9 was won by Rich Edwards at a whopping 34’10”. Closest to the Pin on #10 was won by Greg Harrington at 6’5-1/2”. Closest to the Pin on hole #14 was won by John Dahlgren also at a whopping 21’2-1/2”. As you can see, John Dahlgren’s name was mentioned an awful lot at this event. Congratulations, John, on an outstanding tournament. We look forward to seeing you at the next KGA event.
After this Atigun Cup event, the current Atigun Cup standings are as follows: Gordon Griffin 26 points, Todd Eskelin 21 points, Doug Jung 21 points, Bob Sizemore 20 points, Rene Alvarez 15 points, John Dahlgren 15 points, Chris Morin 14 points, Kirk Hyman 14 points, Mark Griffin 14 points, Ken Liedes 12 points, Greg Harrington 12 points, Jesse Wade 8 points, Chuck Rupenthal 7 points, Mark Azzara 5 points, Doug Haralson 4 points, and Derek Kaufman 0 points.
We have just completed our first Ladies Clinic. A great time was had by all. Congratulations, ladies, for being the first graduates of this year’s clinic. Graduates include Daisy Richmond, Samantha Pyfer, Anna Anson, Peggy Chatwell, Shelley Mitchner, Denise O’Connell, Karen Gray, Connie Wilson, Terry Wilson, Larissa Phillips, Gina Bogot, Nichole Eckholm, Mary Armstrong, Robbie Bishop, Debbie White, Barb Beeman, Lisa Behlcom, Betty Miller, Jackie Stuart, and Stephanie Nelson. Again, ladies, congratulations on a job well done. We sincerely hope that you enjoyed the clinic and that you learned a lot. The next Ladies Clinic is July 19, 20, and 21, 6 to 8pm. If you would like to participate in this clinic, please contact the clubhouse and we will get you on the list.
June tournament schedule — June 22nd Boys and Girls Club, June 23rd AGA Tournament (The AGA tournament is a two day event with the first day at the Kenai Golf Course and the following day at the Birchridge Golf Course. This is a unique event that benefits the junior golf program at both golf courses. Your participation and support at this event are greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a contribution to the Kenai Golf Course Junior Program, please contact Gordon Griffin. Through your support and the support of the Kenai Golf Association we are able to make junior golf available to many participants on the Kenai Peninsula. This is a great program which is only made possible by your support. Thank you in advance for your contribution.