Juniors storm Birch Ridge again

The mighty-mites are back on the course this week for the Birch Ridge Golf Association’s Junior Golf Camp. We have 43 well-behaved little duffers from 8 to 10:30 each morning for the remainder of the week! We’ve got an especially well-behaved group this year and quite a few of them show a lot of golfing potential.


The Birch Ridge Junior Championship golf tournament is June 20. Junior duffers who wish to participate can sign up by filling out a registration form in the pro shop. The tournament is a great way for junior golfers to get their tournament feet wet without spending a lot of money traveling to Anchorage. Entry fees are just $20. For more information please call the golf course.

The AGA Peninsula Jackpot is set for June 22 and 23 at both Birch Ridge and Kenai Golf Course. This event is a fundraiser for each association’s junior program. The Peninsula Jackpot is a two-person format. Golfers pair together in best ball, alternate shot, and scramble play. We encourage everyone to participate! It’s a great weekend of golf at both golf courses and you’re helping a great cause in our community.

The June Scramble, scheduled for this Saturday, has been canceled. The golf course will be open for play all day Saturday for those of you not playing in area tournaments.

Riveting Senior League Action

Twenty-one seniors had their game face on Monday morning for another week of exhilarating golf action. Darell “Cool Hand” Jelsma took home first-place honors again with a sparkling net 29. The next closest competitor was Danny “Ball Game” Mortensen with a 32 net. Jelsma added to his winnings with a PGA Tour caliber approach shot on the sixth to capture closest-to-the-pin honors. Gordon “Slicker than Crisco” Briscoe was the only other golfer to experience success. Gordon was closest to at the eighth and rolled in the longest putt on the ninth to thwart the hopes and dreams of everyone around him.

Tuesday Morning Ladies League

The girls were hot to trot Tuesday morning in their itsy bitsy teeny weeny golf bikinis. Tracy Davis proved better than the rest with a dazzling display of golfing dexterity in route to a sexy low gross finish. Susan “Cool Hand” Jelsma followed her husband’s lead with another low net victory. The First Lady Tanna Chenault captured closest-to glory at the sixth and Teresa Sibolboro received a high-five for having the fewest putts!

Tuesday Night Couples

The lovebirds flocked to Birch Ridge on a beautiful Tuesday night for a “Swinger’s Scramble.” Tom and Tanya Boedeker teamed with Val Ischi and a strapping young lad, Tyler “Battleship” Yamada, to win the evening. Mike and Tanna Chenault paired with Gary “Electric Orchestra” Dawkins and Lori Riggs-Bishop to finish second. It was an exciting night of play as couples exchanged partners off the odd and even tees before scrambling the rest of the hole. Tom and Tanya provided a wonderful feast including lasagna, salad and blueberry cobbler for all golfers to enjoy.

Golf Joke of the Week

One day Steve and his wife were out playing golf. Everything was going fairly well for Steve until the seventh hole. He sliced his tee shot a mile to the right so he and his wife had to go looking for the ball. Eventually they came across a shed with the door slightly ajar, and surprisingly enough the golf ball was slap bang in the center of the floor.

Not wanting to drop a shot Steve decided to play on instead of taking a penalty by dropping the ball. His wife, noticing that if Steve played a good shot he could get his ball on the green, offered to hold the door open while her husband played the shot. After a lengthy period of sizing up his shot, Steve hit the ball, but struck his wife in the temple with it. She slumped down dead instantly.

Five years later, Steve found himself on the same golf course, on the same hole, this time with his friend, Jim. Coincidently, Steve’s tee shot took the exact same path as it did five years earlier, and the ball found itself, again, slap bang in the center of the shed. As Steve thought seriously what to do with his shot, Jim offered to hold the door of the shed open. But with a look of shock on his face, Steve replied instantly …

“Hell No!!! The last time I tried that it took me seven shots to get on the green.”


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