I won’t recap last weekend’s Kenai Peninsula Open in this space. The Clarion did a fantastic job doing so over the weekend, but I do want to thank the many people involved that have contributed to the tournament’s success. Kathy Gensel and Jim Bennett have been instrumental in raising money for the Central Peninsula Health Foundation in association with the Kenai Peninsula Open. They’ve also made great contributions to tournament operations with their assistance during the event. The golf tournament would not be successful without their help. For that I’m very thankful. This golf tournament is my baby. I want it to be the biggest and best “Open Championship” in the state of Alaska.
I also want the golf tournament to be a positive contributor to our community. Our wonderful relationship with the CPHF makes that possible. In future years, with Kathy and Jim’s help, I’m certain we can achieve those goals. I also want to thank Eddie Sibolboro for being a kick-ass person. The guy is so helpful with everything and contributes so much to golf in our community. We’re all better off having “Fast” Eddie around, which is an incredible contradiction, but nonetheless we love the guy.
We had 39 golfers participate this year including nine Alaska Club Professionals, a number of whom were from Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, and Fairbanks. I hope everyone had a great tournament experience. We certainly ate and drank spectacularly if nothing else! Eddie’s Hawaiian steaks were ridiculously good on Saturday and Black Jaxx BBQ catered the final round dinner. Kenai River Brewery’s “Peninsula Brewer’s Reserve” washed all that great food down. In fact I’m drinking one as I write this column. The beer is that good!
I also want to congratulate the winners of this year’s tournament. Denise Cox and Steve Tachick were the Women’s and Men’s Amateur Net Division Champions. Steve secured his spot in the RV for next year’s golf trip with myself, his son Spencer, and Darell Jelsma with his superb performance. Tanna Chenault and Beau Forrest were the Women’s and Men’s Amateur Gross Division Champions. Tanna narrowly knocked off two-time defending champion Ardie Crawford to win her first Kenai Peninsula Open title. Beau Forrest has been the men’s champion each year of the tournament’s existence. That’s three straight titles for Beau! Billy Bomar was the Open Champion this year, taking the crown from two-time defending champ Bryan Anderson. It was Billy’s first appearance in the Kenai Peninsula Open and let’s just say it was love at first sight. Billy started his tournament with an eagle on the par-4 first and proceeded to go birdie, par, eagle, birdie, birdie...Bomar was seven under through six holes! For those of you at home that don’t play golf, that’s really good. Bomar ended up posting a 64 and cruised to the win with a smooth 72 on Sunday. Great stuff by a wonderful ambassador of golf in Alaska.
We’re going to keep working hard to make the Kenai Peninsula Open a great golf tournament experience for each and every golfer that competes in the event. Thanks for playing, we’ll see you all next year!
Riveting Senior League Action
The AARP group made it out Monday morning and had a wonderful time but sadly their league report has disappeared, forcing me to write about nothing, something I happen to excel at. Don “Super Seahawk” McGhee was the big winner just like his favorite NFL team. Don’s dominant performance reminded everyone of the beatdown the Seattle Seahawks put on the Denver Broncos this past weekend. A whooping so thorough the Scott Jackson family is still reeling in disbelief. The 40-10 crushing led to his son Taylor, a Broncos lifer, to miss his tee time for the final round of the Kenai Peninsula Open the following morning due to sadness. That’s what a 40-10 debacle will do to a Broncos fan. Go Seahawks!
The Birch Ridge bombshells were back Tuesday morning for scintillating lady on lady golf action. Georgia “Peach” Bentley hit a shot unlike any other at the sixth for closest to honors. Beth Roseberry and Sally Tachick tied with the fewest putts. Denise “Rock Your Socks” Cox was low gross and Beth Roseberry finished low net. Sally had a birdie at the ninth further cementing her husband Steve’s place in the motorhome.
Tuesday Night Couples
The lovebirds braved the rain Tuesday evening for a sensual nine-hole round of golf. Couples played a “Swingers Scramble” which meant they had to trade partners on the tee before falling back in love for the rest of the hole. Dave and Sharon Keating paired with the Simmons, Dennis and Diane, to take low gross. Darell Jelsma along with his lovely bride Susan paired with Gary’s Electric Dawkins and Lori Riggs-Bishop for low net. The first losers were the duo of Steve and Sally Tachick along with Del and Sally Hoagland.
Golf Joke of the Week
A golfer hits a huge slice off the first tee. The ball soars over a fence and onto a highway, where it hits a car, which promptly crashes into a tree.
The stunned golfer rushes into the golf shop and shouts, “Help! Help! I just hit a terrible slice off the first tee and hit a car and it crashed. What should I do?”
And the pro says, “hit a provisional”.