Another week has come to pass here at Birch Ridge Golf Course and what a week it was. Professional and amateur golfers from all over Alaska were in town for the always popular Wells Fargo Pro-Am. The tournament pairs a professional from one of the many Alaskan golf courses with three amateurs for a team competition. Of course, there are individual awards as well, and again this year Birch Ridge’s own Aaron Dexheimer won the event with a stellar 67 against a very challenging course setup. I’m not going to spend much time, well zero actually, going over who won what and how. That’s been covered by the Clarion early this week, but I do want to thank all of the professionals and amateurs that came down from Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley to play in our event. It was a fantastic weekend. The course conditions received rave reviews from our visiting players. I like to joke with Bill Engberg, our superintendent, by coining him the “Guru of Grass”, the “Sultan of Seed”, or the “Pirate of Paint”, anything to embarrass him a little bit, but he really does work his rear end off (along with the rest of the crew) to make this course as good as possible.
The golf course is hosting another tournament, the Senior Amateur, this upcoming weekend. Golfers can schedule their own tee for the first round on Saturday, but they must be paired with at least one other player participating in the tournament. Golfers will be given Sunday tee times based on first round scores. Tee times will begin at 8:00 am. The golf course is open for public play all day Saturday, and again on Sunday after approximately 1:00 pm. If you’re interested in participating in this tournament please contact the Pro-Shop as soon as possible. The Senior Amateur is a Birch Ridge Golf Association event. We look forward to seeing you on the first tee!
What happens when thirteen extremely experienced duffers meet on 92 acres of grueling golf grudge match? Riveting Birch Ridge Senior League action, that’s what! That’s a really bad line, I’m embarrassed by my lack of creativity this morning, but I’m sticking with it because I don’t feel like trying to come up with anything better.
Earl “The Pearl” Matthis emerged victorious by posting a bone crushing net 31. The Pearl also knocked his ball within 38 feet of the cup at the sixth for closest to the pin honors. Steve “Thor” Hammarstrom crushed his tee shot on the par 3 eighth to 29 feet for closest to, and because the seniors all suffer from putteritis, a disease I’m very familiar with, the long putt on nine will carry over to next week. I’d make fun of you guys for putting so bad, but after the demonstration I put on last Monday I’m keeping my mouth shut. Sometimes four feet seems so damn far away doesn’t it?
Tuesday Morning Ladies League
The sexy ladies of Birch Ridge were back to strut their stuff Tuesday morning for a few more hours of scintillating golf action. The first lady, Tanna Chenault, continued her fundraising efforts with two more chip-in’s this week. Tanna paired with Teresa Sibolboro and Chiya Bazan to win low gross as well. Tanna’s recent performance has been so dominant her competitors will surely be dropping out of the race. Wilda “Wild Thing” Bush, Jan Stenga, Carol Hussey, and Susan Jelsma teamed for low net.
Tuesday Couples Night
The lovebirds were singing their songs Tuesday Night for another round of affectionate couples play. The lovers played a “Colored Scramble”, which means they used crayons to mark their ball. That’s not exactly true. It really means golfers were teeing off from a odd mix of tee boxes. Carol “Glamour” Hussey paired with her husband “Vic the Stick” for a first place finish. The dream team couple, Steve and Sally Tachick, finished in second with Del and Sally Hoagland coming in third.
Golf Joke of the Week aka Space Filler
A golfer at the driving range was having an awful day.
Every ball he tried to hit he topped, his shots were only going about 20’ and never got more than a foot off the ground. Finally disgusted, he turned to the golf professional on the range and muttered,” If I don’t connect with this one, I’m going to jump in that lake and drown myself!”
The Pro looked at him and said, “I don’t think you can do it.”
“Why not?” The golfer asked.
And the Pro says, “I don’t think you can keep your head down that long!”