The third annual Memorial Golf Tournament will be held this Saturday and Sunday. It is a two day event of competitive golf and two days of honoring those who played so often at the Kenai Golf Course.
We remember Rita Botelho, an individual who worked for many years at the course. She played and worked hard and had a sincere desire to improve the course for everyone. We all remember her dedication to the game of golf. We also remember Butch Anderson, part of the legendary “Wild Bunch”, a great individual who loved the game of golf and life in general. He enjoyed life to the fullest. He, like Rita, played hard and worked hard. We also remember Bill Zubeck, a man who could do almost anything. He could move a forest and help build a golf course, which he did. He could move stumps and build a practice area, which he did. He devoted his time and talents to the Kenai Golf Course in so many ways. We remember his attention to detail, and his desire to help in all areas. We also remember Bill Groeneveld, a mountain of a man with a personality that engaged everyone. He always had something positive to say. He loved the game of golf and played often with his brother. We will miss his great smile and his words of wisdom. We also remember George Navarre, a man who did so much for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He was a brilliant man with a sincere desire to help everyone. We will always remember his great personality. He loved the game of golf and he loved playing at the Kenai Golf Course. And, of course, we will miss Donnie Morgan as we discussed in our column last week. I would like to encourage everyone to participate this weekend. What better way to honor those who have meant so much to us all. The tournament will be a stroke play tournament broken up into divisions based on handicap. If you would like more information, please contact the clubhouse.
This week we are in the process of plugging, overseeding, and top dressing the greens. This process will greatly improve our greens. The greens will be more receptive, softer, and will grow much better. I know it is a shock to see the greens all plugged and torn up, but in a week they will be better than ever. I would like to thank Keith Stuart, Jerry Norris, Logan Haralson, Dan Young, along with Dusty and Willy, for all their hard work. Good job, guys! This past week another one of those great Kenai windstorms took its toll on the Kenai Golf course. We lost and additional ten trees. Jerry Norris will again be busy with the chainsaw. He had just finished cutting up the 90 or so trees that we lost earlier in the year. So, Jerry, now you will have even more firewood for the winter. The tee box on #13 has taken shape. We will let is settle over the winter and smooth it out and seed it early next year. I have received a lot of positive feedback on this project.
This past Sunday the August KGA Event took place. 27 golfers in two categories participated. Everyone enjoyed the competition and the comradarie. The competition was very keen. First low net in the second division was won by Laurie Baggett with a net score of 69. Second low net was won by Mike Houghton with a net of 70. Third low net was won by Bob Bush with a net score of 78. In the first division, first low net was won by Mark Griffin with a net of 74, followed in second by Todd Eskelin with a net of 76. Third low net was won by Gordon Griffin also with a low net of 76. Todd Eskelin won in a card back.
Mark Griffin and Gordon Griffin won low gross with scores of 81, followed by Chris Morin with an 82, and Todd Eskelin with an 83. Other notable gross scores included Mike Houghton with a personal best of 86 at the Kenai Golf Course. Good job, Mike! Keep up the good golf! Closest to the pin on #5 was won by Mike Houghton with a shot of 2’8”. #9 was won by Doug Jung with a shot of 15’. Doug also won hole #10 with a shot of 4’10”. On hole #14 Chuck Rupenthal won with a shot of 8’. Closest to the pin on the 2nd shot on hole #18 was won by Todd Eskelin with a shot of 9’2-1/2” and he made his birdie. The following people won skins in the 2nd flight: Mike Houghton with three, Joe Deveaux and Tyler Yamada with one each. In the first flight Chris Murray won two skins; Greg Harrington, Mark Griffin, and Todd Eskelin each had one skin.
On a cold, windy, and rainy night, Men’s night took place last Thursday. The team of Joe Deveaux and Paul Zimmerman won the event with a score of even par. This next Thursday will be BIG THURSDAY. After a couple of weeks of bad weather, let’s get this event back on track. If you need more information, please contact the clubhouse. Men’s Night starts at 6:30.
Remaining August Tourney:
Sunday, August 26th: Kenai Golf Association Tourney
Sat. & Sun., Sept. 1st & 2nd: Memorial Tournament
Sat. & Sun., Sept. 8th & 9th: The Kenai Open
Friday, Sept. 14th: Glow Ball Tournament
Sat., Sun., Mon., Sept. 15—17: Atigun Cup Playoffs
Sunday, September 23rd: Kenai Golf Association Tourney
As always, see you on the course!