It has been a pleasure seeing so many of you on the course this past week. Warm weather conditions, with the right amount of rain have made the Kenai Golf Course a very special place this year. The greens are in really good condition. Those rough spots which I have spoken about are almost gone. The ball is rolling smooth and fast. The lower green height along with the verticutting has made a big difference. We will continue the verticutting process throughout the next month. The greens will remain the same height for the remainder of the season and we will continue to slit seed and topdress the areas that need it. The fairways and tee boxes are in excellent shape.
Thank you, Chris Murray, Charlie Waguespach, and Doug Haralson for doing such a great job. I have had lots of compliments on your work. Shane Zimmerman continues to work on the long cart path around the tee box on #15. He is about half finished with his work. The ride across this area is, indeed, much smoother. He should finish the project next week. There will be no interruption in play during this process. After this project, we will start working on the cart path leading to green #3. That will be a difficult and time consuming process. Grass is growing very well on the left hand side of #13 and the right side of #2. “Ground under repair” signs will be removed soon. White lines have been placed around the marsh areas on the right hand side of #16 green and on the right side of fairway #15. Drop areas have been established in those areas. These areas are getting better but continue to be an issue. We will continue this process throughout the year. Work will begin soon on a new ladies’ tee box on hole #13. We are looking forward to starting that project. If you have any questions or concerns about these projects, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.
This past Tuesday the seniors took to the course again. Gordon Griffin won Low Gross with a 36 and John Dahlgren won Low Net with a 33. Gordon Griffin also won the Longest Putt on hole #9 with a putt of 39’5”. Thanks again to Jerry Norris for his outstanding work on our Senior League. We all enjoy it very much.
Thursday was Mens Night. The team of Dwight Kramer, Mike Kebschull, Greg Maturro, and Don Williams won with a score of -3. However, at the end of the nine holes they were tied with the team of Mark Azzara, Matt Federle, Bill Taylor, and Keith Stasek. Both teams proceeded to the top of the hill on hole #9 for a Chip Off. Mike Kebschull was the closest to the pin and won for his team. Congratulations to Mike Kebschull and his entire team. The Closest to the Pin on hole #10 was won by Dwight Kramer, 8”11-1/2”. Hole #14 was won by Mark Azzara at 13’6”. No one could keep the ball in the fairway on #11, so the Long Drive Contest will carry over to next week. Everyone is invited to join us for Men’s Night, Thursdays at 6:30pm. New and exciting prizes are given out each week.
The Brown Bears Tournament was a huge success at the Kenai Golf Course. 18 teams participated in this event. The winning team with an astounding score of 17 under par was Birchridge Golf Course. The Dexheimer team finished second with a score of -14. The third-place team was Atigun with a score of 12 under par. The fourth-place team with a score of -9 was the Peninsula Clarion. Closest to the Pin on hole #5 was won by Mark Azzara with a shot to 6’8”. Closest to the Pin on hole #9 was won by John Davenport at 19” from the hole. Closest to the Pin on #10 was won by Nolan Rose at 45”. Closest to the Pin on hole #14 was won by Scotty Johnson at 3’11”. Longest Drive which had to be in the fairway was won by Keegan Kiehl. It was nice to see everyone at this event. Congratulations to all the winners.
We have had some amazing shots over the last week at the Kenai Golf Course. On July 3rd, Rod Jones had a Hole-in-one on hole #5. Great shot, Rod. Your name is now on our Hole-in-0ne plaque that hangs in the Clubhouse. A hole-in-one Trophy has also been ordered for you. We will let you know when it arrives.
Lara Griffin eagled hole #8, putting it in the cup from 75 yards. What a shot! Tammy Vollum-Maturro had two chip-ins in one round on holes #6 and #9, both of which were at least 30 feet. Tammy also sunk a 117’ putt to a downhill hole on #16. Congratulations, Tammy! You have had an exciting week at the Kenai Golf Course.
Saturday, July 14th: Firefighters Tournament
Thursday, July 19th, 20th (evening), 22nd: Walker Cup.
Friday, July 20th: Tesoro/United Way Tournament.
Saturday, July 28th: The Alliance Tournament.
Sunday, July 29th: Kenai Golf Association Tourney.
Saturday, August 4th: Ferguson Tournament.
Saturday, August 11th: 20 Plus Tournament.
Sunday, August 12th: Stanley Ford & Chrysler/United Way.
Sat. & Sun., August 18th & 19th: Donnie Morgan Tournament.
Saturday, August 25th: Pacific Plumbing Tournament.
Sunday, August 26th: Kenai Golf Association Tourney.The next Juniors Clinic is July 16—18, 10 a.m. to noon. The clinic is taught by Teaching Professional Tom Carver and Tony Azzara. Call the clubhouse at 283-7500 to sign up. This clinic is for boys and girls ages 8 to 14, beginners through experienced juniors.
Our Ladies’ Clinic is also July 16—18, 6 to 8 p.m. The clinic caters to lady golfers, beginning through experienced. Our instructors include Tom Carver, Gordon Griffin, Mark Griffin, and Ron Goecke. This clinic is fun way to learn and to meet other lady golfers.
As always, see you on the course.