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Visiting young player at the Bird makes a name for himself

Posted: June 8, 2013 - 9:40pm  |  Updated: June 8, 2013 - 9:53pm

It’s been a week of good golf and visiting with friends who are coming out of hibernation and golfers who are coming back from their winter digs.

I found out that one of the young golfers from Anchorage who plays our course with his grandparents, Steve and Susan Ellis, quite frequently has made a name for himself in the summer.

Wyatt Ellis went to the drive, chip and putt contest for juniors during the 2013 Masters. Wyatt was entered and drawn to participate. He competed at Mt. Si Golf Course in Washington. Out of 15 boys in the 10 and 11 age group he placed third.

That’s excellent. Congrats to Wyatt, who also captured the long drive for his age group at 189 yards. All of us at Bird Homestead and the rest of Alaska are very proud of you, Wyatt.

Once again, it was a great turnout for men’s night. Six teams of three teed off in a slight mist and had good weather the rest of the way. The first-place team was Mike Gardner, Trevor Baldwin and Dale Bagley.

Who is this masked man named Trevor Baldwin? He walked away with all the goodies — pure birdie closest to on Nos. 6 and 8, and long drive.

Way to go Trevor. That’s what Rob Frazer and Roy Bird get for thinking with the two of them together, they had it made. It is amazing how a true blind draw will do that. I’m sure the guys will all be back next week to challenge Trevor.

We only had three women show up at 6:30 Wednesday night so we left the holdover money in the envelopes so all the late bloomers will have a chance at the big bucks. We decided we’re like the big boys and played skins. I hate to admit it but my wallet is lighter and Faith Link’s is heavier.

Oh well. We had a good time and when you are playing golf that is the most important thing.

The Bird Homestead Golf Association has been busy as can be. They are working on building a facility to house golf association members’ clubs. They are also making arrangements to hold weekly free golf lessons for juniors. Rob Frazer will work with the juniors on the golf swing, chipping and putting.

The Bird Homestead Golf Course Golf Association is putting on a blind-draw string tournament on June 15, with chicken and lots of good food to follow.

The always fun quilters tournament will be June 22. It will be fun to see what the ladies have dreamed up for this year. We do know that they will have lots of very nice auction items, and the food is always outstanding.

These ladies donate about 150 quilts to many different causes on the central Kenai Peninsula area every year and this tournament is their only fundraiser.

I have one golf etiquette tip that I would like all golfers to remember. White stakes are out-of-bounds for a reason and that is usually because the property on the other side of the stakes is not a part of the golf course.

If you cross over to get your ball or just wander you are invading someone else’s space. Golfers have a reputation for being courteous, and going beyond those white stakes to retrieve your ball is rude. Hate to be so blunt but that’s the way it is. Have a great week on the courses in our area.

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