Course shapes up beautifully

Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2003

The Kenai Golf Course is in full swing and all activities are happening. The greens are getting lots of TLC and shaping up. To think it is still only the first week of May is very exciting.

Kenai Golf Course golfers already had a bonus of three weeks of golfing. The driving range is open and any day now the KGC carts will be allowed out on the course. The golf course crew has been working nonstop getting the course in as good a shape as possible.

Mixed Doubles

Mixed doubles starts Monday and is open to any golfer with a partner who wants to enjoy an evening of chasing that ball around. Just call the clubhouse to get your tee times, which start at 6:30 p.m.

Ladies Night

Ladies will get their start Tuesday at 6 p.m. Just show up with your golfing friends to enjoy the exercise and fresh, Alaska air. All ladies are invited, no matter what their skill level.

Kenai Cup Match Play

Be sure to get your Kenai Cup applications in as soon as possible. Teams play one match a week on Wednesdays starting at 6 p.m. on the back or front. In order to play, one must be a Kenai Golf Association member and have a current handicap.

Men's Night

The men will get started Thursday at 6 p.m. with their weekly event. All golfers are invited to join in on the fun each Thursday. Teams will be set up with the blind draw. All season pass members must do is give their season pass numbers.

You may want to mark your calendar with the Big Thursday events. Big Thursdays for the 2003 season will be May 29, June 26, July 31, Aug. 28 and Sept. 18.

Junior Golf

There will be two sessions for junior golfers from 8 to 18 years of age. Please sign up for the June session before it starts on June 3. The 8- and 9-year-olds start at 1 p.m., the 10- and 11-year-olds start at 2 p.m. and those 13 and older start at 3 p.m. Advanced junior golfers start at noon.

Each session is $50 and includes instruction, range balls, club rental and greens fees for the five play dates. Juniors who might qualify for the advanced class should check with Bill Engberg, the Kenai Golf Course teaching pro.

Kenai Golf Association Early Bird Scramble

The traditional KGA Early Bird Scramble was held Sunday. The team taking first place included Louis Rosano, Felix Martinez, Jack Evans and Ron Goecke with a minus 3.

The Early Bird Scramble is a great time to get the winter rust and dust off the clubs, tighten up the soft spikes and get ready to have a full season of golf.

To get the tournament results of the scramble, yours truly dug them out of the trash. The rusty golfers didn't want anyone to see them.

A Birdie Told Me

Dale Sandahl got his first hole in one at Borego Springs Golf Course in Southern California this winter. It was on a 205-yard, par-three and Dale used his 5-wood to hit that perfect shot. Gordon Griffin, Rob Salo and Craig Jung all witnessed that incredible shot and I can only imagine the excitement it created with that foursome.

Also heard Felix Martinez got his first hole in one playing at Coral Canyon Golf Course in Utah this winter. Felix too had the perfect shot, hit right to the cup on a par-three, 141-yard green. Felix used his trusty pitching wedge as Sam McLane and Danny Brewer looked on in amazement. Think someone could make some money selling hole-in-one insurance to these Kenai golfers.

Closing thoughts

Hope to see you on the Kenai Golf Course sometime real soon. This would be the perfect summer to get started playing some golf. It would be especially great for those who have been putting off their start. Where did I read this? "Golf is a very simple game, playing is the difficult part."

See you on the driving range.

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