Okay. Enough rain already. What we need now is warm sunny days. The rain and just the right amount of fertilizer has made the course green and in excellent playing condition. The greens continue to improve every day. Dusty and Willie lowered the green height which makes for better and faster conditions. What a big difference. The fairways are lush and the tee boxes continue to improve also. The cart path leading from the 14 bridge around the tee box on #15 has been completed. This area makes for a much smoother ride now. Thank you, Shane Zimmerman, for your continued hard work.
Jerry Norris is busy sanding and seeding the divots on all our tee boxes. Jerry, your hard work makes a big difference. As I mentioned last week, Shane’s next project will be the cart path leading up to the #3 green. That will be a big project that will take some time to complete. A temporary cart path will be in play during this process. Work on the #13 ladies’ tee box will begin soon. That project will also take some time to complete. A ground under repair sign will be placed in the sand trap.
We are looking forward to the Walker Cup competition during the coming week. This is a competition between the Birch Ridge Golf Course and the Kenai Golf Course.
Birch Ridge is the current Walker Cup trophy holder. If you would like to come out and observe this event, please feel free to do so. Contact the clubhouse for exact times. Congratulations to John Dahlgren for winning their division in the Senior Tournament held at Birchridge this past weekend.
This past week, we took the delivery on 15 new golf carts. What a relief that they are all finally here. This gives us a total of 45 carts for regular and tournament play. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we enjoy providing them for you.
This past Tuesday the seniors took to the course. 19 seniors participated in this event under the direction of Jerry Norris. Two net places were awarded prizes. Craig Jung and Bob Drews finished with a net of 32. Jim Legner had a net of 34 and Bill Davis also had a net score of 34. Gordon Griffin finished with a net of 35 and Dwight Kramer and Jim Bradford finished with a net of 36. The seniors take to the field every Tuesday morning at 9:30. John Dahlgren won closest to the pin on his second shot on hole #4 with 7’9” from the pin.
This past week the 22nd annual Kenai Firefighters Golf Tournament was held at the Kenai Golf Course. The tournament director for this event was Tommy Carver. Under his direction, this tournament continues to grow each year. This year 18 four person teams participated. The 1st place team at 5 under par included Aaron Dexheimer, Steven Dexheimer, Rudy Z., and John Davenport. The 2nd place team at 12 under par included Jake Arnold, Tom Bucholtz, Amanda Bucholtz, and Allison Green. The 3rd place team at 11 under par included Tommy Carver, Gordon Griffin, Doug Jung, and Rich Edwards. Closest to the line on hole #6 was won by Lorne Smagge. Closest to the pin competitions were won by Steve Dexheimer and Chris Murray. I would like to thank Tommy Carver and all the firefighters for a well-organized and competitive event.
Atigun Cup Standings:
Gordon Griffin 26 points, Todd Eskelin 21 points, Doug Jung 21 points, Bob Sizemore 20 points, Rene Alvarez 15 points, John Dahlgren 14 points, Chris Morin 14 points, Mark Griffin 14 points, Kirk Hyman 14 points, Greg Harrington 12 points, Jesse Wade 8 points, Chuck Rupenthal 7 points, Mark Azzara 5 points, Doug Haralson 3 points. Points are accumulated through a combined total of 8 tournaments throughout the season. The next Atigun Cup Events are the July KGA event, the August KGA Event, the Donnie Morgan Club Championship, the Memorial Tournament, the September KGA Event, and finally, the Kenai Open. The Atigun Cup Play-offs will begin immediately following the Kenai Open.
Our July Juniors Clinic and Ladies’ Clinic are taking place this week. The next Ladies’ Clinic is scheduled for August 13—15, 6 to 8 p.m. and we are already taking sign-ups for it. Some of our lady golfers have chosen to take the clinic each month and we are proud of the improvements made and how often we see them out enjoying golf. We are also taking sign-ups for the August Junior Clinic, our final junior clinic of the season, which will take place August 20—22, 4 to 6 p.m. Teaching pro Tommy Carver encourages juniors to get out and enjoy golf.
July Tournament Schedule:
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
August Tournament Schedule:
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
September Tournament Schedule:
Sat. & Sun., Sept. 1st & 2nd: Memorial Tournament
Sat. & Sun., Sept. 8th & 9th: The Kenai Open
Sat., Sun., Mon., Sept. 15—17: Atigun Cup Playoffs
Sunday, September 23rd: Kenai Golf Association Tourney
I would like to thank everyone for your continued support of the Kenai Golf Course. We do appreciate your positive comments. As always, see you on the course.