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Busy week on tap at Birch Ridge Golf Course

Posted: July 31, 2013 - 10:42pm

It’s fast times at Birch Ridge high! There are a number of upcoming events at Birch Ridge that golfers need to be aware of this weekend.

ConocoPhillips is holding its annual nine-hole scramble event Friday. Conoco tee times start at 8 a.m., which means the first tee will be open for public play by 9 a.m.

Enstar is holding an 18-hole scramble tournament Saturday. The golf course will remain open for public play. The Enstar group will have five tee times starting at 9 a.m.

The Pink Ribbon Rally Golf Event and Fundraiser will be Sunday. The Pink Ribbon Rally has become a wildly successful event. Last year, the girls raised $23,000 for the Central Peninsula Health Foundation!

On Sunday, for the rally, the golf course will be closed to public play until 1 p.m. With all the action going on this weekend, and the great weather we’ve been fortunate enough to have this summer, it would be helpful for golfers to make tee times. Help us help you!

The 7th annual Phil Turkington Golf Classic, sponsored by the Soldotna Elks Lodge, is a scramble golf tournament to be held on Aug. 10.

Registration forms for this event are available at the Soldotna Elks Lodge, Birch Ridge Golf Course and at Four D Carpet One.

The field is limited to 72 players and teams will be picked by a committee. Register by Sunday and you’ll receive a $10 discount on your entry fee.

Bill “The Thrill” Engberg and Tony Azzara have been working hard to prepare the Birch Ridge Junior Golf team for the Alaska State Championship at Eagleglen Golf Course next week. With a major assist from the Birch Ridge Golf Association we’re sending a herd of miniature duffers up to Anchorage to play in the event!

The kids are holding a car wash fundraiser at Magnum Motors in Soldotna to help raise additional money to cover their expenses. Bill and the gang will be there from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. If your car could use a bath I encourage you to help the kids out and head to Magnum Motors on Thursday.

The Seward Seahawks Booster Club held its 10th annual golf tournament at Birch Ridge this past Saturday. The event has raised an average of $10,000 a year for Seward High School’s athletics program. Kim Reirson, Gene Minden, Erick Amberg and Chris Fulwider formed the winning team in this year’s tournament. Congratulations to them and to the Seahawks for the successful fundraising efforts!

Riveting Senior League Action

With king fishing shut down, the extremely old guys were out in force Monday morning. Nineteen golf veterans took to the course like caged lions after fresh meat!

John “The Last DJ” Davis ate more meat than any other lion en route to a scrumptious 28 net. Don “Super Seahawk” McGhee hit his golf ball closer to the hole at the sixth than any of his competitors for closest to glory.

Gary Davis did the same at the eighth, while Gordon “Slicker than Crisco” Briscoe dazzled the throng of female spectators with the longest putt at the ninth.

Tuesday Morning Ladies League

Sally Tachick, Susan Jelsma and Cheryl Hammarstrom paired together to form perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing group of golfers to ever play at Birch Ridge. The girls put on an exhilarating display of golf, as well, to top all of their competitors, and then to show off, brought some fabulous desserts to the after-golf party.

They basically dominated the morning. Well played ladies, well played. …

Beth Roseberry, Chiya Bazan and Wilda Bush paired for a sultry second.

Tuesday Night Couples

The madly in love golfers of Birch Ridge left the bedroom for just long enough Tuesday night to participate in Couples Night. Couples played a scramble to the green before each had to putt out their own ball in a “Drive for Show & Putt for Dough” format.

Dennis and Diane Simmons posted a 38 net to take home an incredible amount of prize money. Gary Dawkins paired with Lori Riggs-Bishop for a 44 net, good enough for second place. Pat “Holy Roller” Cowan chipped in for a birdie on hole two, which is good for scoring purposes I’m told.

Golf Joke of the Week

Joe decides to take his boss, Phil, to play nine holes on their lunch break. While both men were playing excellent golf, they were often held up by two women in front of them moving at a very slow pace.

Joe offered to talk to the women to see if they could speed it up a bit. He gets about half of the way there, stops and jogs back.

His boss asks what the problem is.

“Well one of those women is my wife and the other my mistress,” complained Joe.

Phil just shook his head at Joe and started toward the women, determined to finish his round of golf.

Preparing to ask the ladies to speed up their game, he too stopped short and turned around.

Joe asked, “What’s wrong?”

Said Phil, “It’s a small, small world Joe, and you’re fired”.

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