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Kenai Golf Report

Posted: July 2, 2013 - 8:40pm  |  Updated: July 2, 2013 - 10:39pm

The good weather has given way to much-needed rain on the Kenai Golf Course. The watering crew gets a needed break and the fairways finally get their share of water, settling dust and creating better playing conditions.

Dry areas are turning green and the greens, which do get water every night, get that much-needed warm rain that is so much better than well water. The all-night soaker was indeed a welcome event. Let’s hope for a few more soakers during the next three months of the season.

The wooded area around No. 3 is almost clear of brush. We are in the process of removing some old decaying stumps from that area. Thank you, Dan Young, for all your hard work.

Dan will also begin work on the big stump on the left hand side of No. 18. This is big project, that Dan says will be easily accomplished. Good luck, Dan!

Jerry Norris is also working hard removing blown-down trees from all of our wooded areas. Jerry has committed to this three- to five-year project with a lot of dedication and hard work. Good luck, Jerry!

Work continues on all the wooded areas on the back nine. The big piles of brush will be burned this winter. After the burning process is completed, topsoil will be hauled in and placed over all the burned areas and then seeded. We are very excited about these two projects. It certainly makes a big difference. Thank you so much for your positive comments.

This past week was a special week at the Kenai Golf Course. We just completed the annual Memorial Golf Tournament. It was, indeed, special to remember the people who have made such a big difference at the Kenai Golf Course: George Navarre, Rita Botelho, Bill Zubeck, Donnie Morgan and Butch Anderson.

Many thanks to Mike Navarre and Arby’s for their generous donation to this tournament in honor of George Navarre. Everyone, please take a few moments to remember and reflect upon these very special people, people who have made a difference, not only to the Kenai Golf Course, but to our entire community.

Memorial Tournament Results

Our low gross champion is Greg Harrington with a two-day gross score of 161. Greg Harrington also won first low net with a total of 145. Second low net was won by John Glidden with a two-day total of 151. Third low net was won by Chris Murray with a 153. Fourth low net was won by Gary Early with a 154 for the two days.

Saturday’s low gross side pot was won by Greg Harrington with a 76. Sunday’s low gross side pot was won by Rich Edwards with an 83.

Saturday’s closest-to-the-pin contests were won by Greg Harrington on No. 5 with 12 feet, 1 inch, Greg Maturro on the ninth with 28—8. The 10th was won by Chris Murray at 10—10. No. 14 was won by Greg Maturro at 11—9. The second shot on No. 7 was won by Chris Murray at 6—9. The closest to the pin on the 18th on the second shot was won by Doug Jung at 5—8.

In the closest-to-the-pin contests Sunday, the fifth was won by Kerry Collins at 32—7, No. 9 by Aaron Cooper at 12—2. No. 10 was won by Greg Harrington with 7—2. The 14th was won by Rich Edwards with a great shot of 1—9.

I would like to congratulate all who participated in this very special event. I would also like to congratulate Greg Harrington for his continued excellent play this golf season. We will all be looking forward to seeing you at the Atigun Cup. Congrats on a great season so far.

Men’s Night

This past Thursday evening was Big Thursday for our Men’s Night. The team of Steve Fickes, Steve Payment, Jack Evans and Greg Harrington won with a sizzling hot 6-under par on the front nine. Great shooting guys!

The team of Rich Edwards, Gary Rogers, Clayton Dolan and Brian Wodarek took second with a score of 3-under. They won in chip-off with the third-place team consisting of Keith Stasek, Hunter Sirois, Josh Lansing and Gary Early.

Closest to the pin on No. 5 was won by Clayton Dolan at 20—9. Closest to the pin on the ninth was won by Rich Edwards with a shot of 27—5. Closest to the pin on the second shot on No. 7 was won by Steve Fickes with a shot of 5—6.

Door-prize winners were Aaron Cooper, who won a $50 gift certificate to Louie’s, Steve Early, who won a $50 gift certificate to The Back Door, and Skip Dove, who won a $40 gift certificate to Davis and Sons Pit Barbecue.

I would like to thank all of our sponsors who have donated prizes throughout the entire season. Men’s Night is every Thursday at 6 p.m. with Big Thursday falling on the last Thursday of the month. At least three prizes will be drawn every Thursday.

Senior League

On June 17, 22 seniors took to the field. Three seniors tied for low gross with a great score of 37. They were Gordon Griffin, Doug Haralson and Rich Edwards. Skip won low net with a 31. Congratulations, Skip!

On June 25, 21 players again participated in Senior League. Rich Edwards won low gross with a 39. Frank Harper won low net with a 35. Closest to the pin on the second shot on the fourth was won by John Dahlgren. The seniors play every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. All seniors are welcome to participate. Many thanks to Jerry Norris for his continued hard work running this event.

Ladies’ Night

This past Thursday at 6 p.m., the ladies played a two-person scramble. The first-place team was Mary Gaiser and Lara Griffin. Second place was won by Tammy Maturro and Shawna Cooper. Many thanks to Lara Griffin for getting Ladies’ Night started. Some of the graduates of our recent Ladies’ Clinic will be participating soon. Ladies’ Night is every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. The last Tuesday of the month Ladies’ Night begins at 8 p.m.

Upcoming tournaments are the Red, White and Blue Two-Person Scramble on Thursday and a Kenai Golf Association Tournament on Sunday. Thursday, we’ll play six holes from the red tees, six from the blue, and six from the white. Holes will be set up in a fun way and not necessarily where those tees usually are. Please contact the clubhouse to sign up for this event.

Rumor has it that Mark Berezin got an eagle on No. 11 from 130 yards out! Congratulations, Mark, on a great shot! Everyone, please report those great shots to me so I can report on them. I would like to invite everyone to come out to the Kenai Golf Course and participate in all the events we have planned throughout the summer.

Our next Ladies’ Clinic is July 22 to 24, and the next Junior Clinic is July 24 to 26.

As always, see you on the course.

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