Pro-Am and Skins events dazzle on the Peninsula

The 2013 version of the Wells Fargo Pro-Am and Skins Game lived up to its reputation. Thirteen Alaska Club Pros from around the state visited the Peninsula to compete in the drama-filled event. Billy Bomar edged Tony Azzara in a one-hole playoff, after both golfers posted 68’s in the morning, to win the Pro-Am portion of the event. MacKenzie Haber finished low amateur.


The real drama took place during the evening Skins Game. Haber paired with local amateur Brennan “The Beard” Jackson to represent the Birch Ridge Golf Associations junior program. Pros paired up based on their position after the morning in two person alternate shot teams. Anchorage pro, Casey Cusack, drove the first setting up an easy birdie and a skin. The second hole was won by Eagleglen’s Rob “Beaver” Nelson and Settlers Bay pro Travis Jorgesen. The next six holes were all halved leaving a lot of money on the table with just the ninth hole remaining. Rich Lundahl played a conservative (smart!) iron shot off the tee placing his ball 95 yards from the flag in the center of the fairway. With the other teams in trouble after playing aggressive shots off the tee towards the green, Super Bill Engberg found himself with the only approach shot off of the short grass. Engberg dazzled the throng of onlookers with a clutch Sand Wedge within eight feet of the cup. Lundahl, looking as poised as a duck in water, calmly rolled in the birdie putt securing the Skins Game title for the local pairing.

Birch Ridge Golf Course and the BRGA would like to thank all of the participants for making this years event one to remember. A special thank you goes out to our local Wells Fargo for being wonderful sponsors and supporters of junior golf at Birch Ridge and for sponsoring the Wells Fargo Pro-Am and Skins Game. Wells Fargo employees also hosted a community BBQ at the golf course pavilion that was free to anyone in our community! We can’t thank Wells Fargo enough for their support!

Tournament golf continues next weekend with the Peninsula Senior Amateur hosted by the Birch Ridge Golf Association. Seniors can schedule their own tee time for a qualifying round on Friday or Saturday playing with at least one other tournament player. Seniors will then be paired on Sunday and given a tee time based on their first round result. Registration fees are $100 per player and golfers are flighted based on their life experience level (age). If you’re intending on claiming senior supremacy on the Peninsula, this is an event for you!

Inspirational Senior League Action

The grumpy old men were grumpier than ever after their weekly grudge match was moved from Monday to Tuesday to accommodate the Wells Fargo Pro-Am and Skins Game. Steve “M.C.” Hammarstrom rode his parachute pants to perfection in route to a winning 33 net. Steve rolled in a lengthy putt at the ninth to capture long putt honors rubbing his stellar play in the face of his competitors. Don “Super Seahawk” McGhee nearly holed out the sixth for closest to.

Tuesday Morning Ladies League

The lovely ladies teamed up Tuesday morning for a golf party unlike any other. The beautiful Margaret Stanley paired with the voluptuous duo of Dee Richards and Susan Jelsma to take home team honors. Margaret also claimed individual low net with her exemplary play, which included a long distance chip-in birdie at the seventh. Leona “Too Hot to Trot” Jackson rolled the fewest putts and Chiya “Pet” Bazan took home closest to glory.

Tuesday Night Couples

The lovebirds played a Menage a Trois Tuesday evening under a very romantic sun. Partners played scramble, shamble, and best ball formats and kept track of their putting totals. The dream team of Darell and Susan Jelsma came away victorious with a 26 net. That’s hard to beat! The Jelsma’s also had the fewest putts but generously gave away the prize to the second place couple of Gene “Ladies Best Friend” Diamond and his wife Teri.

Golf Joke of the Week

A recent study had some interesting conclusions on the weight of golfers that participate in golf leagues.

This study indicated that single golfers who play in these leagues are “skinnier” than married golfers.

The study’s explanation for this result was interesting. It seems that the single golfer goes out and plays his round of golf, has a refreshment at the 19th hole, goes home and goes to his refrigerator, finds nothing decent there and goes to bed.

The married golfer goes out and plays his round of golf, has a refreshment at the 19th hole, goes home and goes to bed, finds nothing decent there, so he goes to his refrigerator.


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