Kenai Golf course seeing a lot of changes

July is here! Rain and sunshine make for great playing conditions at the Kenai Golf Course. The fairways and greens are in great shape. Next week, the greens will be cut down another notch. Dusty and Willy assure me that we can accomplish this without damaging the greens. They will be quicker and will run truer. They will stay at this height for the month of July. Charlie Waguespach has been cutting the rough and doing an excellent job. There is good definition in all areas on the course. Doug Haralson continues to do an excellent job on our fairways. The fairways and tee boxes are in excellent shape. The rain and sunshine has really helped.


Dan Young has almost completed clearing the brush around the wooded area on hole three. He has also removed the stump on the left hand side of hole 18 green and the stump in the rough on hole three. Great Job, Dan! Now Dusty and Willy will take over and top dress and seed both of these areas. Great job, Guys. Every task that is completed makes for better playing conditions. I do appreciate all the helpful suggestions that you have made.

We are still working on getting the ladies’ tee box on 13 top dressed and seeded. This will be completed in the near future. We just need to figure out how to get water to that area that is efficient enough to meet the needs of that area. The improvement to the right hand side of hole two, completed last year, are really coming in nicely this year. This effectively serves as a grass bunker that will keep the ball from coming down the hill and into the woods in that area. Dusty and Willy did an excellent job in planning this area. The new green on 18 is really taking shape and putting well. Dale Sandahl inspects this area every week and gives me his feedback. Many golfers, both seniors and ladies, have enjoyed playing this green rather than having to hit across the gully.

The new ladies’ tee box on 14 is nice. This makes the hole much more playable for all who like to play from the forward tees. In the future, a new forward tee will be constructed on hole three, making this hole a shorter par-4 for those who dislike hitting over the trees. After all these improvements are completed Doug Haralson will rerate the course taking into consideration all the changes that have been made. In the near future the cart path around hole one and the cart path around three leading to the number four tee box will be resurfaced with crushed rock making these areas much smoother. Also, the trail leading from the 17th green to the 18th tee will be improved. These improvements will allow the course to open sooner for carts at the start of the season. These are big projects that we are looking forward to completing. Shane Zimmerman will begin these projects soon. As you can see, we continue to improve the playing conditions at the Kenai Golf Course each and every year. As always, if you have any suggestions please feel free to contact me at any time.

July 4th Red, White, and Blue Two-Person Scramble Results

The team of Beau Forrest and Zach Beeson finished first with a score of -12. The team of Doug Haralson and Joe Deveaux finished second with a score of -10. The team of Doug Jung and Chris Murray finished third with a score of -9. The team of Rich Edwards and Tommy Carver finished fourth with a score of -8. The team of Keith Stasek and Mike Kebschull finished fifth with a score of -6. Closest of the Pin on five was won by Chris Murray with a shot of 5’1/2”. Keith Stasek was the closest to on nine with a shot of 22’1”. Aaron Cooper won 10 with a shot of 5’11”. Tommy Carver won hole 14 with an excellent shot of 1’9”. Beau Forrest won hole one on the second shot with a great shot of 19”. Many thanks to Rich Edwards for setting up this event that will surely become an annual tournament at the Kenai Golf Course. Next year we will expand this tournament to include two divisions.

July KGA Event

The Gross champion for this event was Gilbert Arellano with a gross score of 80. Our net champion was Steve Fickes with a net of 67. Second low net went to Keith Stasek with a net of 69. Third low net was Steve Early with a net score of 73. Fourth low net was Bill Coghill with a net of 74. KP’s on hole five was won by Gordon Griffin with a shot of 2’. Joe Deveaux won hole nine with a shot of 5’9”. Mark Griffin won hole 10 with a shot of 8’10”. Steve Fickes won hole four with a shot of 4’5”. Chris Morin won the second shot on hole four with a shot of 5’1”. Skins during this event were won by Gordon Griffin, Chuck Rupenthal, Chris Murray, Todd Eskelin, and Steve Fickes. All totaled, 27 players participated in this monthly event.

Atigun Cup Results through the July KGA Event: Mark Griffin leads with 49 points, followed by Chris Murray with 48, Greg Harrington with 41, Gilbert Arellano with 38.5, Gordon Griffin with 37, Chris Moring with 34.5, Doug Jung with 34, Todd Eskelin with 30, Kirk Hyman with 27, Rene Alvarez with 20.5, Michael Houghton with 18.5, Ken Liedes with 8.5, and Mike Azzara with 5.5. This is an exciting competition that takes into account eight events during the course of the golf season. The grand prize for this event is half a season pass donated by Atigun.

Senior Results for July 2

16 players took to the course. John Dahlgren won Low Gross with a 42. Al Steele won Low Net with a 33. Closest to pin on the third shot on hole eight was won by John Dahlgren. Many thanks to Jerry Norris for setting up this event. The seniors play every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. There is a $5 buy-in for this event and a $1 buy-in for skins. If you would like more information about the Senior League please contact the clubhouse at 283-7500.

Special Events

Thursday Night is Men’s Night, starting at 6 p.m. Many thanks to Mark Azzara for securing all the door prizes for this event.

Ladies’ Night is Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. Lara Griffin is the organizer for this event and does a great job.

July Ladies’ Clinic is July 22-24, 6 to 8 p.m. Instructors include Tommy Carver, Mark Griffin, Ron Goecke, Chris Murray, and Gordon Griffin.

July Juniors’ Clinic is July 24-26, 10 a.m. to noon. Clinic Fee is $30. Tommy Carver and Tony Azzara are the instructors.

July Tournament Schedule

Friday, July 12th: Tesoro/United Way Tournament

Saturday, July 13th: Firefighters Tournament

Sunday, July 14th: Brown Bear Tournament

Thursday, July 18th: Hillcorp Tournament

Sunday, July 21st: Stanley Ford and Chrysler United Way

Thurs., Fri., & Sun July 25th, 26th (evening), & 28th: Walker Cup

Friday, July 26th: Hillcorp Tournament

Saturday, July 27th: The Alliance Tournament

August Tournament


Saturday, August 3rd: 20-Plus Tournament

Saturday, August 10th: Ferguson Tournament

Sat. & Sun., August 17th & 18th: Donnie Morgan Tournament

Saturday, August 24th: Pacific Plumbing Tournament

Sunday, August 25th: Kenai Golf Association Tourney

Sat. & Sun. August 31st and Sept. 1st: Kenai Open

As always, see you on the course.


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