Birch Ridge Golf Report: The pros are coming

The Wells Fargo Pro-Am and Skins Game is fast approaching. Fourteen Alaska Club Professionals, and their teams, are set to invade Birch Ridge Golf Course on Monday for this popular event. There are still a few remaining spots available for amateurs to fill.

If you’re interested in participating please call the pro shop ASAP to have your name put on the waiting list. Remember golf enthusiasts, the Skins Game following the Pro-Am is open for spectators wishing to watch some of the very best golfers in the state compete for skins money.

The Skins Game is set to begin at 6 p.m. Wells Fargo graciously hosts a barbecue as well at the conclusion of the Pro-Am that is open to the public! You do not have to play in the golf tournament to enjoy some great barbecue and watch the Skins Game! I strongly encourage families that have had children participate in our junior camps over the years to come and join us for a great evening.

The 29th annual Peninsula Senior Amateur is scheduled for July 12 to 14. Golfers can make their own tee time on the July 12 or 13 before playing the final round July 14. You must play your opening round with at least one other golfer in the tournament. There will be an awards ceremony and barbecue following the conclusion of the event Sunday. For more information regarding upcoming golf tournaments and Birch Ridge please call the pro shop.

The greens are in absolutely great condition for early July. Super Bill Engberg and his merry band of mowers were out verti-cutting for the first time Wednesday morning. By this weekend the greens will be mint. We’re very fortunate to have another summer of excellent green conditions ahead of us.

Inspirational Senior League Action

Three hardened veterans of the links courageously ventured out onto the golf course Monday morning despite the blustery conditions. “Captain Cohoe” Ray Hamby returned from a one-week hiatus to reclaim his title as superior senior. Hamby narrowly edged Earl Matthis and Sid “Vicious” Cox for senior supremacy. The old codgers will be back at it next Monday morning at 9 a.m. for those of you brave enough to join them.

Tuesday Morning Ladies League

Chiya Bazan dazzled Tuesday Morning at Birch Ridge. Heads were turning with every brilliant strike of the golf ball as Chiya skillfully finished low gross. There was nothing gross about her tee shot at the 8th, which led to closest-to honors. Chiya was on a roll! Dee Richards took home low net glory and a Georgia Bentley chip-in on hole six garnered thunderous roars of approval from the spectators on hand.

Tuesday Night Couples

The lovebirds played a golfing game of a different sort Tuesday evening. The game was titled an “Alternate Lovers Scramble.” Golfers swapped mates and played an alternate-shot scramble in four-person teams. The dream duo of Darell and Susan Jelsma paired with the Herrings, Jerry and Kathy, to create couples magic on the golf course en route to an impressive victory. Del Hoagland and Dave Keating kept their ladies, Sally and Sharon, in line just long enough to secure a second-place finish. Less successful pairs were able to wash down their misery with a cold Mirror Pond and delicious Jersey Subs.

Golf Joke of the Week

A man comes home after a terrible round of golf, his worst ever.

He plops down on the couch in front of the television, and tells his wife, “Get me a beer before it starts.”

The wife sighs and gets him a beer. Fifteen minutes later, he says, “Get me another beer before it starts.” She looks cross, but fetches another beer and slams it down next to him.

He finishes that beer and a few minutes later says, “Quick, get me another beer, it’s going to start any minute.”

The wife is furious. She yells at him, “You’ve been out golfing all day!

Is that all you’re going to do tonight? Drink beer and sit in front of that TV? You’re nothing but a lazy, drunken, fat slob, and furthermore ...”

The man sighs and says, “It’s started.”

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