Another wonderful golfing day, and not bad for fishing either. Saturday, the first Semper Fi tournament had a good turnout for the first time around with a fun bunch of golfers.
The first-place team was Slash E Const. — Steve Ellis, Larry Taylor, Jeff Gillman and Roy Bird with a 6-under-par. There was a three-way chip-off for second and third. Second place was Marine #1 — Trevor Hordeman, CJ Henley, Franklin C. and Danial Rivenbark. Third place was CH2MHill with Sam Maloney, Tom M. and Ed Marshall. Long drive was CJ Henley for the men and Kate Graber hit the long shot for the ladies. Closest to the pin on No. 6 was Ed Marshall and on No. 8 was Larry Taylor.
Men’s Night had 21 guys who played in the great weather. The first-place team was Paul Zimmerman, Don Chenault and Travis Robertson. Second was Rob Robertson, Trevor Baldwin and Steve Skolnick. Long Drive went to Roy Bird, and Roy also got pure birdie. Closest to the pin on No. 8 went to Rob Robertson 33 feet, 2 inches.
Ladies night had a good turnout with the beautiful weather. Four teams went out. The first-place team was Pat Bird, Patti Courson and Amanda Bird with 44. Josslyn Moore took long putt and closest to the pin on No. 8. Judy Ward drove all the way from Anchorage to take long drive. No. 6 was a carry-over, ladies.
The duffers had a good time with the ladies leading the guys. Pat Bird won the team event and Sylvia Shimmel won long putt.
I really hate to brag but I must say that Larry, Sissy, Rob, Trayton and Danial have done a magnificent job on the course this year. With the additional seeding the fairways are coming in thicker and the greens are looking like velvet. Being a quilter, that is the best word I can find to describe them.
When you think about the first couple of years and look at the course now it is amazing and our out-of-town and out-of-state players have had nothing but praise for the course. We are happy to see that a few more of the Kenai and Soldotna golfers are venturing our way. We have now completed the new 24-by-52-foot picnic area, and I must say the crew was happy to get rid of the portable car ports that we were using.
We are looking forward to the KPHA Tournament on Aug. 4. There is limited space available. The nine-hole Funny River Festival tournament will be Aug. 3. Hope to see you at Soldotna Days.