Rain followed by sunshine! What a great combination of weather! The Kenai Golf Course is in great shape for this time of year. We are on all 18 greens. This is the earliest we have ever been on the 14th green and it is in very good condition. The fairways on holes 15 and 16, usually very wet this time of year, are almost dry and filling in nicely. In fact, all the fairways and tee boxes are in excellent shape. The fairway on hole 3 is flat and green. At the beginning of the year it looked like the surface of the moon with moguls the size of which would make Alyeska envious. It is amazing how fast it went down. If these weather conditions continue, this will be our best year ever.
Work is continuing on the cart path on hole 3. When completed, it will reach all the way back to the tee box with gravel topped off with crushed rock. It is now dry enough to start working on the new Ladies tee box. All the ladies seem to like the new location because it is a straightaway shot to the green. They no longer have to hit over the trees to a small landing area. I would like to thank Chris Kimball for all his hard work on this cart path. This is a tremendous amount of work. Thank you Chris. I would also like to thank Doug Haralson for all his work on the new ladies tee box and for stepping up to the plate while Willy and Dusty were gone. Great job cutting the greens Doug.
Hook-a-Kid on golf started this week. 24 kids are participating in this week long golf clinic. Instructors include Tammy Maturro, Derek Kaufman, Truckee LeMay, Doug Haralson, Craig Jung, Mary Armstrong, and Tommy Carver. These individuals are doing an excellent and the kids are really learning a lot. We have some really good golfers in all age groups. I would like to thank Bob Sizemore and Atigun for organizing and helping to fund this clinic on the entire Kenai Peninsula. Without you and your support, this program would not be possible. The Kenai Golf Association is also a major sponsor of this event. Individuals donations by Kirk Hyman, Bob Farrell, Derek Kaufman, and Gordon and Debbie Griffin, are also major funding sources for this clinic.
The Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick Off Tournament will be held June 7 and 8. We will celebrate the life of Shirley Morgan with stories and memories during this event. We hope to see Dick at this tournament. If you would like to sign up for the tournament, contact the clubhouse at 283-7500.
The first Beginning Lady Golfers Clinic began on Monday. Instructors for this clinic include Tommy Carver, Ron Goecke, and Chris Murray. This is a great 3-day clinic that is enjoyed by all. The future Beginning Lady Golfer Clinics include: July 7 — 9, July 21 — 23, and August 11 — 13, all 6 to 8 p.m. We also offer a two day Intermediate Lady Golfer Clinic which is a playing clinic that focuses on course management from the red tees. The dates are Thursday and Friday, June 26 & 27 and Monday and Tuesday, July 14 & 15.
Men’s Night Results for May 29: The team of Tim Bornowski, Brandon Wolk, and Matt Hopson finished first with the score of even par. The team of Kevin Stalker, Richard Harmon, and Bill Haese finished second with a score of +1. Closest to the pin on hole 5 was won by Brandon Wolk. There was no winner on 9 since no one reached the green in regulation so the prize money for that hole will carry over to next Thursday. I would like to thank Paradisos and Kenai River Pizza for providing prizes for our Mens Night drawings. Thank you for your support.
June 1 KGA tournament: Craig Jung won first low net with a net of 73. Second low net was won by Todd Eskelin with a net of 76. Third low net was won by Chris Murray with a net of 77. Closest to the pin on 5 will carry over because no one reached the green in regulation. Closest to the pin on hole 9 was won by Steve Fickes with a shot of 35’6”. Closest to the pin on hole 10 was won by Aaron Cooper with a great shot of 5’7”. Closest to the pin on hole 14 was won by Kirk Hyman with a shot of 20’7”. Fourteen people signed up for skins during this event. When all was said and done, there was only one skin. Todd Eskelin all the skin money with a par on hole 2. Congratulations, Todd. It must be nice to be that lucky!
Atigun Cup Standings: Gross Division — Chris Murray 29.5 points, Gilbert Arellano 28.5, Todd Eskelin 26, Doug Jung 23, Rene Alvarez 12, Ken Liedes 11, Chris Morin 10, Greg Harrington 9, Box Sizemore 8. Other members of this division have not participated in an event yet. Net Division Results — Michael Houghton 28.5 points, Chuck Rupenthal 28, Aaron Cooper 24.5, Steve Fickes 24, John Gibson 13.
Sunday, June 1: KGA Tourney
Sat. & Sun. June 7 & 8: Morgan Kick-Off Tournament
Saturday, June 14: Elks Tournament
Friday, June 20: Boys & Girls Club Tournament
Saturday, June 21: Alaska Golf Assoc. Tournament in Kenai
Sat. & Sun. June 28 & 29: Memorial Tournament
Saturday, July 12: Firefighters Tournament
Sunday, July 13: KGA Tourney
Friday, July 18: Tesoro/United Way Tournament
Sunday, July 20: Brown Bear Tournament
Thurs. & Fri., July 24 & 25: Walker Cup 5 p.m. in Kenai
Saturday, July 26: The Alliance Tournament
Sunday, July 27: Stanley Ford and Chrysler United Way Tournament
Sunday, July 27: 2 p.m. Final Round of Walker Cup
Come out and enjoy some early season golf. As always, see you on the course.