The rain we have had after a month of 70 degree weather has, indeed, been welcome. The course is looking great and the greens and tee boxes are in wonderful shape. The fairways are still running out faster than normal which helps many of us old guys. This will not be the case if we continue to get more rain. In any event, we will continue to enjoy the extra distance on our tee balls until it changes. The new green on hole 18 is really starting to roll well. I have received much positive feedback about the addition of this new green, especially from the ladies and the seniors that don’t enjoy hitting over the gully.
We had a very busy July with many big tournaments, including the Brown Bears, United Way/Tesoro, Stanley Ford United Way and the Alliance. All of these tournaments made a lot of dollars for their prospective charities. I would like to thank the tournament directors for doing such great jobs with their tournament.
Speaking of tournaments, on the 17th and 18th of August, the Donnie Morgan Club Championship will be held. This is one of the best tournaments of the year that is sponsored by the Kenai Golf Association. During this tournament the club champion will be crowned in the gross and net divisions. This is exciting and pressure-packed golf competition and will provide bragging rights for the winners in each division. Of all the tournaments, this is the one you want to participate in. This tournament honors a very special individual, Donnie Morgan. He is one of the reasons that the Kenai Golf Course has developed into such a great championship golf course. There is a plaque on hole eight that honors him. During the next week, take a few moments when you finish hole eight to read the plaque and remember the things that he accomplished. He truly did an outstanding job. There is also a bench on hole 10 in his honor, where he would sit and wager on your ability to hit the 10 green. Needless to say, he took in more money than he paid out. If you’d like to sign up for his tournament, please contact the clubhouse at 283-7500. The Donnie Morgan Tournament is the next competition that applies to the Atigun Cup Season Points Race.
This past week, the 5th Annual Waddell and Reed 20 Over and Under Tournament was held at the Kenai Golf Course. This is a great event that includes both low and high handicappers in a competitive format. Roy Wells and Mark Griffin are to be congratulated on such a successful event. This tournament included net scores and blind draw individual team scores in a very exciting format. The individual net score winner was Kathy Heus with a net score of 76, followed by Ron Goecke with a net score of 79. He won in a card back over Mike Canning, also with a score of 79. The team score was won by Kathy Heus and Mike Holliman with a combined score of 147. Congratulations to all who participated in this event. Mr. Wells has turned this into one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year.
On July 16, Doug Haralson won Low Gross with a 37. Bob Drews won Low Net with a 33. Congratulations!
On July 23, Low Gross was won by Gordon Griffin with a 40, and Bill Davis won Low Net with a 36. Way to go, Bill, on that great score.
On July 30, the Low Gross winner was Gordon Griffin with a 34. There was a three way tie for the Low Net winner with an outstanding score of 30. That included Bob Drews, Bobby Bush, and Frank Harper. Closest to the pin on hole 14 was won by Gordon Griffin with 13 feet. During this seniors event there was a great turnout of 20 players. Thank you, Jerry Norris, for your continued hard work on behalf of all the senior players at the Kenai Golf Course. All golfers 50 or older are welcome to participate on Tuesdays at 9 a.m.
Men’s Night Results
On August 1 the first-place team included Brian Wodarek, Hunter Sirois, and Jim Holliman. The second-place team included Keith Stasek, Aaron Velvick, and Kevin Stalker. Closest to the pin on hole 14 was won by Keith Stasek with a shot of 18’8”. Closest to the pin on the second pin on hole 18 was also won by Keith Stasek. Closest to the pin on hole 10 was won by Aaron Velvick with a shot of 11’2-1/2”. I would like to thank Ron Goecke for making such outstanding chili. Thanks, also, to Arby’s for their donation of two gift certificates. Alyeska Tire, Country Foods, and Louie’s are much appreciated for providing door prizes for this event also. Men’s Night is held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
The next Ladies’ Clinic is August 19–21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The instructors for this clinic will be Tommy Carver, Ron Goecke, Mark Griffin, Chris Murray, and Gordon Griffin. Ladies, if you would like to sign up for our August clinic, please do so at your earliest convenience. These clinics tend to fill up quickly.
The graduates of the June Ladies’ Clinic include April Weber, Courtney Stanley, Kristy McCullough, Jackie Schlaback, Jessica Bookey, Sherrie Jorgenson, Maryanne Hyman, Nicole Egholm, Jessica Mahurin, Leah Streich, Susan Jordan, Janice Chumley, Diane Swan, Pam Eady, Susie Allen, and Holly Spann. July Ladies’ Clinic participants are Fawnda Hawkins, Julie Orlich, Kimberly Stocker, Kaylee Stocker, Elena Ackerman, Kathy Tomrdle, Janet Johnson, Courtney Stanley, Tina Hereford, Teresa Colton, Kelly Davidson, Rachel Davidson, Cassandra Winslow, Lisa Kaaihue, and Shelley McAllister. As you can see, our Ladies’ Clinics are very popular. We sincerely enjoy all the ladies who participate. Thank you again, to all the instructors for making it fun learning golf skills.
Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. is our Ladies’ Evening. Lara Griffin coordinates it and welcomes all ladies regardless of experience. She usually selects some type of best ball format for the most fun. A great time is had by all!
Thank you to Dan Young for fixing our steps on hole six. Thanks also to Chris Kimball for his hard work on our cart trails. Gilbert Arellano and Davis Block, we appreciate your help with the materials that improve our cart paths. Doug Haralson does a great job defining our fairways! Charlie Waguespach mows our roughs and keeps them looking great. He was finally able to mow most of the wet area on 15 without getting stuck! Thank you to Jerry Norris for all his hard work EVERYWHERE on the course. Ron Goecke, thank you for your great work in the clubhouse and on all those extra projects that make things go smoothly at the course. To Dale Sandahl, thanks for keeping us on task on our new green on hole 18. Craig Jung, thanks for your help on so many of our tournament days during the last two months. To Neal Baldwin, thank you for keeping our carts in good shape. Bill Hasse, you have been a great marshall and thanks to you for keeping our tee boxes clean. A shout-out goes to Dusty Culbreth and Willy Perkins for going the extra mile during the long dry spell. The extra water really helped. Bobby Bush, thanks for coming up with the great idea for our new ladies’ tee box on hole four.
As you can see, this has been a very busy month at the Kenai Golf Course. Not only are we celebrating a great Walker Cup Victory, we are also celebrating the success of so many events. I would like to encourage you to come out and experience a golf course that is truly spectacular in so many ways.
On August 24 a group of eight Kenai golfers will travel to Homer and engage the Homer boys in a mini-Walker Cup competition. On that day we will play 27 holes at their par-3 course in home, nine holes alternate shot, nine holes Best Ball, and nine holes singles competition. We are looking forward to this event and we are sure that it will grow into an annual home and away competition. We would like to thank the Homer golfers for inviting us to their course. We would like to extend an invitation to them to our course next year.
Sat. & Sun., August 17th & 18th: Donnie Morgan Tournament
Sunday, August 25th: Kenai Golf Association Tourney
Sat. & Sun. August 31st and Sept. 1st: Kenai Open
Sat. & Sun. August 31st and Sept. 1st: Kenai Open
Sat.. & Sun., Sept. 7th & 8th: Atigun Cup Playoffs
As always, see you on the course.