Great sunny days and the right amount of rain have created great playing conditions at the Kenai Golf Course. The greens are in terrific shape. Those dead spots that were present earlier in the season are now disappearing into green, lush conditions. In the next week we will verti-cut the greens again and do some selective top dressing. This will continue to increase the speed and playability of the greens.
On hole #5 we will replace the top right hand section with new sod, a process that will take a few days. The fairways are in great shape, with good definition in all areas. This next week, the greens will be fertilized again, along with the fairways. All bunkers on the new practice area are now in excellent shape, thanks in large part to the work of Dwight Kramer and Shane Zimmerman. Dusty and Willy will now plug and topdress both chipping area greens. This area continues to improve each week. When totally complete, this will be a great practice facility, one of the best practice facilities in the state of Alaska.
Charlie Waguespach continues to do a great job on the rough mower and Doug Haralson is keeping the fairways in excellent playing condition. Thank you also, to Chris Murray for keeping on top of all of our tee boxes. Speaking of tee boxes, ladies’ #6 has been plugged and will be topdressed soon. In the meantime, a temporary teeing area will be in place. Jerry Norris continues to do an excellent job of removing downed trees and brush in and around the wooded areas that could come in to play off the tee box. Also, thank you to Dale Sandahl for moving our tee boxes around each day, conserving and maintaining all of our tee box areas. In general, the golf course is improving on a daily basis and we will continue to improve the course as the year progresses.
Last week the 2012 Kenai Elks Tournament fielded 21 teams. Jack Focose has done an excellent job with this event. We at the Kenai Golf Course and the people of Kenai appreciate his efforts. The winning Gross team in the event was the team fielded by Country Foods. The team members included Dusty Steinbeck, Ron Tracy, Mr. Steinbeck, and Mr. Wolf. The second-place team was the Williams team, which included Loren Flagg, Brenda Ahlberg, Gary Williams, and Scott Kempf. The third place team was XTO Energy. Team members included Debbie Duggin, Greg Duggin, Dan Zulkanyzer, and Bob Joliffe.
In the Net division the number one team was Dairy Queen with Mike Anastay, Val Ischi, Karen McGhan, and Elton McGhan. The second net team was XTO Energy which included Bill McGraw, Sabrina McGraw, Ryan Tunseth, and Mike Tunseth. The third-place net team was the Past Exalted Ruler with team members that included Ken Cole, Dan Aaronson, Walter Stanton, and Robert Speakman. The Longest Drive for men was won by Scott Kempf. The Senior Long drive was won by Skip Dove, and the Women’s long drive was won by Debbie Duggin. The winner of the PING clubs that the Elks was raffling off was Juice Lease. Many thanks to all participants in this event, and again, thank you to Jack Focose for being so well organized.
Last Thursdays Mens Night was a tremendous success. Thanks to all who participated in this event and thanks to the many businesses in the area that contributed door prizes. The first place team with a score of -5 was Jack Evans, Kyle Swan, Ryan Hardy, and Don Chenault. The second place team at -3 was Keith Stasek, Kevin Stalker, Dan Young, and Trevor Baldwin. The third place team at -1 included Mike Kebschull, Pat Berger, Dewie McConnell, and Brett Berger. Keith Stasek won Closest to the Pin on hole #10 with a shot of 21’3-3/4”. Hole #14 was won by Jack Evans with a shot of 10’10-1/2”. The second shot on hole #18 was won by Kevin Swan at 33’6-1/2”. Many thanks to Mark Azzara for his continued help and support with this event. This night continues to grow in popularity and we will continue to offer many new and exciting prizes through the season. This coming Thursday, Men’s Night will again begin at 6:30pm. This Thursday will be “Big Thursday”, a popular event with a $25 by in to start the event.
We have just completed our first junior clinic. Tommy Carver and Tony Azzara were the primary instructor for this clinic. They were both impressed with the improvement that all the junior golfers showed through the three days. Graduates include Jake O’Brien, Hudson Jackson, Tristan Landry, Macy Stanley, Liam Warren, Lance Kramer, Kyaram Matturo, Peyton Matturo, Ronnie Meeham, Kelsey Booth, Knox Amend, Bryce McCullough, Aleyxa Reekie.
During this past week Birch Ridge Golf Course and the Kenai Golf Course participated in the first annual Alaska Golf Association Two Person Team event. This was a two-day event. Gross scores included Blanche/Daniels with a 136, Engberg/Liedes with a 133, Alvarez/Rupethal with a 135, Jung/Dahlgren with a 147, Jelsma/Stein with a 148, Morin/Rehder with a 152, Hyman/Goecke with a 154, Martin/Matthews with a 156, Kimmel/Miller with a 158, Woodland/Woodland with a 161, Kincamnon/Natwick with a 162, Sibilboro/Sibilbor with a 163, Shaw/Shaw with a 167, Hopper/Mitchell with a 168, Botoro/Wheeler with a 171, Prey/Stein 175, Hougland/Jackson with a 187, and Jones/Darryil with a 206. Net winners included Sibilboro/Sibilboro—119, Botero/Wheeler—120, Shaw/Shaw—123, and a tie for fourth with Jelsma/Stein and Hyman/Goecke at 124.
The seniors took to the course on June 19th with 18 players. Rich Edwards won Low Gross with a score of 39. Charlie Waguespach won Low Net with a net score of 33. Closest to the Pin on hole #5 was won by Dale Sandahl, ½” closer than his nearest competitor. Congratulations to all the participants. Thank you, Jerry Norris, for continuing such a successful program.
Next Junior Clinic is July 19—21, 10am to 12pm. Next Ladies’ Clinic is July 16th—18th, 6 to 8pm.
— 7th Brown Bears, 14th Firefighters, 20th United Way, 28th Alliance, 29th KGA Event (which is also an Atigun Cup event).
August Tournament Schedule
— 4th Ferguson, 11th 20+ Tournament sponsored by Roy Wells of Waddell and Reed, 12th United Way, 18th & 19th Donnie Morgan Club Championship (Atigun Cup Event), 25th Pacific Plumbing, 26th KGA Tourney (Atigun Cup Event).
I would like to sincerely thank all who have played the Kenai Golf Course this year. I do appreciate the compliments and suggestions that you have given me throughout the year. We will continue to make every effort to improve in all areas. Oh! I would be remiss if I did not congratulate Tom Bennett for a great eagle on hole #16. Congratulations, Tom, on a great shot. I am sure your buddies really enjoyed that.
I would also like to congratulate Clyde Reynolds on his Hole In One on hole #5. Good job, Clyde. Your name will be on our Hole In One plaque soon.
As always, we’ll see you on the course.