A great time was had by all in the Walker Cup Competition! The course advantage was evident from the start, as it is when we play at Birch Ridge. Each club had putting difficulties when not on their home course. All the more reason for each club to play more at the other course. Different types of grass make each course unique and it does take time to get used to different playing conditions. Greens at both courses are in great shape. It was nice to see players interacting with each other in competition and during pre- and post-game activities. Mutual respect is certainly evident at every level. The first two days the competition was very close, with both teams playing excellent golf. The final day was something that is bound to happen on occasion. It certainly does not reflect dominance in any way. Birch Ridge still holds the competition edge of 4 to 3 with one tie. These numbers truly reflect the level of competition that exists between the two clubs. The level of competition is most certainly equal on any given day. The singles results on the last day could easily be reversed.
I would like to congratulate both clubs. We are looking forward to going to Birch Ridge next year. I would like to congratulate our captain Tommy Carver for doing an outstanding job in all areas. Congratulations to our team members for standing up to the pressure and playing at a high level. I would like to thank the Clarion for covering this event. They do an outstanding job of capturing the flavor and excitement of this event. Thanks also to all our staff members for getting the course ready and to all the people who worked on our reception and preparation of the food. Thank you, Tom Walsh, for your gracious comments when you presented the plaque to us. Let’s hope this competition continues to grow and continues to develop a strong and rich history.
This past Thursday was Men’s Night at the Kenai Golf Course. The first place team at minus 2 was Aaron Dexheimer, Shane Zimmerman, and Kevin Stalker. The 2nd place team was Keegan Kiehl, Royce T, Zach Beeson, and Dan Young also at minus 2. Aaron Dexheimer’s team won in a chip off. The 3rd place team was Keith Stewart, Gary T, Andy Anderson, and Bill Taylor. Closest to the Pin on hole #10 was won by Bill Taylor at 35’4”. Matt Federle won Closest to the Pin on hole #14 at 7’1-1/2”. Closest to the pin on the second shot on hole #18 was won by Zach Beeson. This next Thursday night is the last Thursday of the month and therefore it is Big Thursday. The buy in is increased on Big Thursday to $25 from the original $10 and more prizes will be drawn.
This past Friday the Kenai Golf Course hosted the United Way Golf Tournament sponsored by Tesoro. At this event they raised over $12,000. The 1st place team at 14 under par was Big G Electric. The 2nd place team was Team Z at 12 under par. The 3rd place team was Alaska Valve and Fitting Team 1 at 11 under par. The 4th place team was Atigun at 10 under par. The 5th place team was Alaska Valve and Fitting Team #2 at 9 under par. Team #6 was Peninsula Ear, Nose and Throat at -7. All totaled, 22 teams participated in this event. I would like to thank the sponsoring organization, Tesoro, and all their helpers for running such a well organized tournament. Door prizes were donated by the following businesses: Acuren, Atigun Incorporated, Grant Aviation, ERA Aviation, Tesoro Alaska Company, Oil and Gas Supply, Rain for Rent, Spenard Builders Supply, Stanley Ford, Louie’s Restaurant, Country Foods and Kenai Golf Course.
This past week we had our third Ladies’ Clinic of the year. Everyone had an excellen t time and all the participants certainly improved their skills. Instructors for this event included Ron Goecke, Tommy Carver, and Mark Griffin. Graduates of this clinic include Jeanett Diamond, Peggy Chatwell, Kristy McCullough, Shawna Cooper, Lauren Fraser, Michelle Turinsky, Sheila Kelley, Diane Simmons, Pako Whannell, Wilda Bush, Karen Burser, Kim Glidden, Kathleen Snyder, Tany a Erwin, Karen McGahan, Lynn Gansen, Annette Eggerman and Patsy Marston. The next Ladies’ Clinic will be held August 13—15, 6 to 8 p.m. The same group of instructors will be on hand. Clinic fee is $50. For ladies who have attended a clinic at Kenai Golf Course earlier in the season, the fee is just $30. If you would like to participate in this clinic, contact the clubhouse at 283-7500.
Our 2nd Junior Clinic was also held this past week. Instructors for this clinic were Tommy Carver and Truckee LeMay. Graduates include Jake O’Brien, Macy Stanley, Liam Warren, Know Amend, Bo Gage, Nick Gage, Chance Turinsky, Isaac Erwin, Liam Seldon, Porter Fannon, Hunter Stalker, Emmarie Edwards, Qurim Lucas and Taylor Carver. Our next Junior Clinic is August 20—22, 4 to 6 p.m., and it is the last one scheduled for the season. Again, the class fee is $50 or $30 for students who have attended an earlier clinic this year. Call the clubhouse to sign up.
Atigun Cup Results: 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 eight 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.
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
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
As always, see you on the course.