What a great round Ken Liedes had on the first day of competition at the Kenai Club Championship. Ken shot a red hot 75 on Saturday in windy, rainy conditions to take a commanding lead into day two. He was coming off knee replacement surgery in January 2012. I could see a steady improvement in his game throughout the 2013 season. On Sunday, Ken shot an 81 to hold off Gilbert Arellano who shot a two-over par 74 on the final day. Ken’s final margin of victory was three strokes over Gilbert. Derek Kaufman and Gordon Griffin tied for third at a distant 165 two-day total. Derek won Low Net while Arellano was second and Gordon Griffin was third. Noel Widmeyer is the club champion in the net division with a net of 146. Great Job, Noel!
Noel has been playing good golf all season. It was no surprise to anyone that Noel had such a great tournament. Dana Bassell won second Low Net with a score of 151, just five strokes behind Noel’s 146. Kirk Hyman won third Low Net with a score of 153, followed by Pat Bowen with a net score of 157. Jesse Wade followed with a net score of 159. As you can see, this was a very competitive tournament in both divisions. Ken and Noel, we are very happy for you both.
A very special congratulations goes out to Ken Liedes. Not only has he battled knee replacement surgery, he has maintained a very positive attitude this past season, each day, working on his game. He certainly deserves all of our congratulations. His 75 on the first day of competition was truly was a spectacular round. Not only did he have to battle weather conditions, he had to overcome major knee surgery which, as you know, is a very difficult to do mentally. We all have been pulling for Ken during his ordeal and we are all certainly proud of his accomplishment in the club championship.
On Saturday in the Donnie Morgan Club Championship, it was certainly nice to see Dick Morgan and Carol Morgan there at the turn to greet everyone. We want to thank you both for all that you have done for the Kenai Golf Course over the years. We did miss Shirley at this event and we hope she has a speedy recovery. Thank you for the phone conversation and all the good wishes you gave us. We hope to see you next year at our club championship.
The winners of the skins during the first day of competition were Mark Griffin, Doug Jung, Chris Murray, Gilbert Arellano, Gordon Griffin, and Todd Eskelin in the first division. In the second division skins were won by Ken Liedes (who had five skins in his amazing round), Dana Bassell, Pat Bowen, and Kirk Hyman. Closest to the Pin on Saturday on hole five was won by Greg Harrington at 22’7”. On hole nine Pat Bowen won with 20’9”. Hole 10 was won by Mark Griffin at 13’6”. Hole 14 was won by Ken Liedes with a shot of 2’3”. The second shot on hole 18 was won by Chris Murray with 46’6”. The Gross Side Pot on Saturday was won by Ken Liedes with an outstanding score of 75. Skins on Sunday in the second division were won by Ken Liedes (3), Kirk Hyman (2), Pat Bowen (2), Jesse Wade (1), and Dana Bassell (1).
In the first division on Sunday, skins were won by Chris Murray, Gordon Griffin, Greg Harrington, Gilbert Arellano, and Doug Jung each with one skin. Closest to the Pin on Sunday on hole five was won by Ken Liedes. Hole nine was won by Pat Bowen. 10 was won by Dusty Steinbeck. Closest to the pin on six was won by Gordon Griffin. Gross side pot on Sunday was won by Gilbert Arellano with an outstanding score of 74, which is the best one-day score of the tournament. Just to recap the gross scores, Ken Liedes won with a 75/91/156 total. Gilbert Arellano was second with a 85/74/159 total. Derek Kaufman and Gordon Griffin tied with a 165 total. As you can see, this was a very competitive tournament in both divisions.
Men’s Night Results
On August 15, the team of Greg Harrington, Ken Liedes, and Skip Dove finished first with a score of -2. The team of Jerry Norris, Clayton Dolan, and Brian Wodarek finished second with a score of -1. Rich Harmon, Dana Bassell, and Kevin Stalker made up the third-place team which finished at +1.
On August 8, the first-place team included Pedro Sibilboro, Jerry Norris, Dan Young, and Doug Jung finishing at -4. The team of Dana Bassell, Joe Deveaux, and Doug Harralson finished second with a score of -2. The team of Brian Wodarek, Skip Dove, Roy Wells, and Brandon finished third with a score of even par. Remember, everyone, that Men’s Night is every Thursday Night at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Also remember that the last Thursday of the month is Big Thursday. This is an exciting event that features great competition at the Kenai Golf Course. Chili is served and door prizes are given away, so everyone come out and enjoy Men’s Night.
On August 13, 20 seniors took to the field on the front nine. Gordon Griffin won Low Net with a score of 31. Closest to the Pin on hole three was won by Noel Widmeyer. Closest to the hole on the third shot on hole eight was also won by Noel Widmeyer. The long putt on hole seven was won by Bobby Bush.
Atigun Cup Results after the Donnie Morgan Club Championship: Chris Murray 60 points, Mark Griffin 59.5 points, Gilbert Arellano 52.5 points, Gordon Griffin 50 points, Greg Harrington 59.5 points, Doug Jung 44.5 points, Todd Eskelin 41 points, Kirk Hyman 35.5 points, Chris Morin 35.5 points, Rene Alvarez 29.5 points, Ken Liedes 23.5 points, Mike Houghton 18.5 points, Mark Azzara 5.5 points. The Atigun Cup is a season-long points race that includes eight tournaments throughout the year. Many thanks to Bob Sizemore and Atigun for sponsoring this great event. We all appreciate what you do for this competition. The next Atigun Cup event is this Sunday’s KGA tourney. The final cup event is the Kenai Open which will be held August 31 and September 1.
I would like to give a special thank you to Gilbert Arellano and Best Transit Mix for their continued support of the Kenai Golf Course. They have provided material in the form of crushed rock that has helped us improve all of our trails and cart paths on the Kenai Golf Course. Without your help, this would not have been possible. Thank you so much.
The Ladies’ Clinic scheduled for this week has been postponed due to inclement weather. We have rescheduled for August 26 through the 28, 6 to 8 p.m. If you would like to sign up for the clinic, call the clubhouse at 283-7500. Instructors include Tommy Carver, Chris Murray, Ron Goecke, and Mark Griffin. The clinic will include shot and long game skills. On the final day, the ladies will play the course. This is always a fun and successful clinic and many choose to take it each month.
Some final thoughts on the Kenai Club Championship...It was really exciting to see so many people play very well. The competition was extraordinary. I would like to thank Doug Jung and Safeway for providing donuts and cookies for both Saturday and Sunday. Thank you so much for your support. I would also like to thank Jerry and Wanda Carlson for the terrific salmon and macaroni salad that we look forward to each year. Dick, Shirley, and Carol Morgan, thank you for providing cookies for all of us. It was special to see you at the turn.
Ladies’ Night is on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. It’s a fun event for all ladies regardless of experience.
The Kenai Golf Course is in excellent shape. The fairways are green, lush, and well defined. The greens are in terrific condition. The caribou have put on a great show this last week. The views are spectacular and the golfing experience if amazing. I know this because we hear it from our visitors as well as our local golfers every day. During the next month and a half, I encourage you to come out and experience Alaskan golfing at its best.
As always, see you on the course.