Birch Ridge Golf Report: PGA pro to host junior camp

Next Wednesday, PGA Golf Professional Chip Beck will host the Birch Ridge Golf Association Junior Camp. You read that correctly. Chip Beck is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour and a three-time runner-up in major Championships. Mr. Beck is one of only six golfers in history to shoot a 59 in a PGA event. He also played on three Ryder Cup teams and ranked in the world’s top 10 for 40 weeks in 1988-89. This guy can play!


We are so excited to offer this opportunity to our junior golfers. For camp participants to get a full day of instruction from a golfer as accomplished as Chip Beck is truly invaluable. Lots of kids are already signed up to participate but you can still sign your miniature duffer up if you haven’t already. Registration forms are available to download off our website ( or you can simply visit the pro shop.

Old Folks Golf

Seventeen experienced golfers converged Monday morning for riveting senior on senior golf action. Darell “Cool Hand” Jelsma and Don “Super Seahawk” McGhee tied for low net honors with a pair of 33s. Steve “Thor” Hammarstrom took closest to at the sixth. Out of all the golfers that competed, Dennis Simmons’ ball was the closest at the eighth. Jelsma, unsatisfied by his first-place finish, rolled in the long putt at the ninth, leaving his enemies trembling.

Tuesday Morning Ladies League

The delightful dames were turning heads Tuesday morning at Birch Ridge for another week of Ladies League play. Leona “Heartbreaker” Jackson paired with Shirley “Sweet Thang” Johnsrud, the scintillating Sally Tachick, and Susan “The Queen of Coconut” Jelsma to take home team glory. Tanya Boedeker, Vicki Hollingsworth and Diane Simmons combined their talents to finish second, which is nice, but second doesn’t get you cool nicknames in the Peninsula Clarion!

Thursday Night Couples

The lovebirds enjoyed another beautiful evening last Thursday. The dazzling duo of Dennis and Diane Simmons romanced their way to the winning score. The Boedekers, Tom and Tanya, matched Pat and Myrna Cowna stroke for stroke to claim a T-2 finish. Lovers played a mixed scramble, which is far too goofy to explain in the newspaper but really fun to play! The games promise to be even wackier next week. If you’re a man that loves a woman (or even likes her a little bit) we encourage you to try couples golf. It’s a great evening of social interaction and golf!

Golf Joke of the Week

A guy stood over his tee shot for what seemed an eternity, looking up, looking down, measuring the distance, figuring the wind direction and speed ... driving his partner nuts.

Finally, his exasperated partner says, “What the hell is taking so long? Hit the ball!”

The guy answers, “My wife is up there watching me from the clubhouse. I want to make this a perfect shot.”

“Give me a break! You don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of hitting her from here.”


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