Kenai Golf Course report

The Kenai Golf Course continues to improve each and every week. The warm weather has put a strain on the watering crew. They are, however, able to water the greens all night, every night. The greens are looking good and are almost all filled in. They are running much faster than normal. The new green on hole 18 is getting better and better. Again, this green is for anyone who does not want to hit over the gully. This, along with the new forward tees on holes four and 13 really make the course more playable for ladies, seniors, and anyone wanting to do something different.


A new course rating will be made with those changes in mind. If you haven’t played lately, take a look at the woods on holes 11 and 12. The woods are being cleared out and it really looks nice. This process will continue all summer. Hopefully, the back nine will be completed in a month or so. The big brush piles will be burned during the winter months. Thanks to Dan Young, the wooded area around hole 3 has been cleaned up. Mr. Young is in the process of moving the brush piles. Thank you, Dan, for all your hard work.

Dan will also be removing the large stump on the left hand side of the 18th green. Good luck, Dan. A special shout out goes to Willy Perkins for fixing our fairway mower when all others have failed. Good job, Willy!

The June Ladies’ Clinic started Monday. 17 ladies participated. The instructors included Mark Griffin, Tommy Carver, Gordon Griffin, Ron Goecke, and Chris Murray. The ladies were divided into three groups, with Tommy Carver working on the long game, Ron Goecke working on putting skills, and Chris Murray and Mark Griffin working on chipping and hitting from the sand traps. Each skill set is worked on during every session. On the final day of the clinic, the ladies will play on the course. The next ladies’ clinic will be July 22, 23, and 24. Ladies, sign up for this clinic quickly because all our ladies’ clinics fill up. Many thanks to all our instructors.

Don’t forget to sign up for our next Atigun Cup Event, which is the Memorial Golf Tournament held on June 29 and 30. The entry fee is $100. This is a stroke play handicap event.

Once a year we come together to honor those who have departed: Butch Anderson, Donnie Morgan, George Navarre, Rita Botelho, and Bill Zubeck. Unfortunately, this list seems to get longer each year. Arby’s, in honor or George Navarre, has donated $500 towards this event. A drawing for door prizes will held at the awards ceremony on the final day of the tournament.

Men’s Night

On June 13, the team of Doug Haralson, Hunter Sirois, Brian Wadarek, and Gary Rogers won with a score of -2. The team of Rich Edwards, Dwight Kramer, Jared Smith, and Ken Ubber finished second with a score of -1. The team of Greg Harrington, Roy Wells, and Joe Deveaux finished third at even par. Long drive was won by Doug Haralson. Closest to the pin on hole five was won by Brian Wadarek, and closest to the pin on hole nine was won by Roy Wells.

On June 20, the team of Mark Azzara, Aaron Cooper, Brian Wadarek, and Clayton Dolan won with a score of -3. The team of Doug Haralson, Mike Kebschull, Steve Fickes, and Hunter Sirois finished 2nd with a score of -2. They beat the team of Rich Edwards, Keith Stasek, Aaron Velvik, and Skip Dove in a chip off. There was no winner on Closest to the pin on hole 10, so the entire pot will be carried over to June 27. Closest to the pin on hole 14 was won by Keith Stasek at 15’1”. Closest to the pin on the second shot at hole 18 was won by Mark Azzara at 25’8”. Door prize winners included Mike Kebschull who won a $25 gift certificate to Paradisos, and Keith Stasek who also won a $25 gift certificate to Paradisos.

This coming Thursday will be Big Thursday. The buy in for this Men’s Night is $25, so everyone come out and enjoy the festivities of our Men’s Night. Many thanks to Mark Azzara for all his hard work.

The first KGA golf tournament of the season was held Sunday, June 16. Our low gross champion was Gilbert Arellano with a gross score of 77. Our low net champion was Joe Deveaux with a 67. Michael Houghton finished second with a 68, John Glidden finished third with a 71, and Chuck Rupenthal finished fourth with a 72. Mark Griffin finished fifth with a 73. Closest to the pin on hole five was won by Keith Stasek with 9’7”. Hole nine was won by Greg Early at 13’3/4”. Hole 10 was won by Chris Morin at 5’3”. Mark Azzara won hole 14 with a shot of 10’8”. Other notable gross scores included Mark Griffin with a 79, Chris Murray with an 81, Michael Houghton with an 82, and Joe Deveaux with an 84.

The Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick Off Tournament

There was a tie for low gross between Greg Harrington and Chris Morin, with scores of 162 for the two day tournament. Other notable gross scores included Rich Edwards with a 163 and Gordon Griffin with a 166. Our net champion was Rich Edwards with a two day net total of 145. Greg Harrington finished second with a net total of 146. Third place net was taken by Chuck Rupethal with a net of 147. Michael Houghton was fourth with a score of 149 and Charlie Rehder was fifth with a score of 151. Chris Morin placed sixth with a net score of 154. Craig Jung was seventh with a score of 155. Skins on Saturday included Chris Murray, Rich Edwards, Doug Jung, and Aaron Cooper. Sunday skins were won by Gordon Griffin, Gilbert Arellano, Chris Murray, and Chris Morin. It was nice to see Dick and Shirley greeting everyone as they made the turn on Sunday. Thank you, Dick and Shirley, for all that you have done for the Kenai Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

A special new tournament, under the direction of Rich Edwards, has been added to the schedule. The July 4th Red, White, and Blue 2-Person Scramble. The tournament will be played from six red, six white, and six blue tees. The course will be set up in a fun format. The entry fee is $150 per team. All proceeds after greens fees will be distributed among the winning teams. Hot dogs, chips, and fountain drinks are included in the entry fee. Door Prizes will include a Sun Mountain golf bag, a season pass to our driving range, and many other prizes such as golf balls, hats, etc. A one-half season pass will be given away if we have 35 team entries. Tee times will begin at 9 a.m. Thank you, Rich, for setting up this tournament. We look forward to this fun event.

The Kenai Golf Course Junior Clinic will help July 1-3, 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 8 to 14. The instructors for this clinic are Tommy Carver and Tony Azzara. The clinic fee is $30 for all three days. This clinic is filling up fast, so if you would like for your children to participate, call the clubhouse at 283-7500.

Tournament Schedule:

Friday, June 28: Boys & Girls Club Tournament

Saturay & Sunday June 29 & 30: Memorial Tournament

Thursday, 4th of July: Red, White, and Blue 2-person Scramble

Saturday, July 6: Brown Bear Tournament

Friday, July 12: Tesoro/United Way Tournament

Saturday, July 13: Firefighters Tournament

Thursday July 25, Friday July 26 (evening), & Saturday July 28: Walker Cup

Saturday, July 27: The Alliance Tournament

Sunday, July 28: Kenai Golf Association Tournament

As always, see you on the golf course.