Birch Ridge Report: Time for tee at Birch Ridge

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2005

Okay, I'm ready — I bought a gallon of SUNBURN BITES sunscreen, subscribed to Golf for Women, started a new strength training program, and learned some fairly new yet convincing whining strategies that are sure to wow my golf buddies. Ah, summer in Soldotna!

Welcome back, golf aficionados. Birch Ridge Golf Course is open and ready for your return. (Yours truly played 18 holes yesterday — two nines back-to-back. I know, and I wasn't even coerced.)

Our pro-shop opened April 16 to high-fives all around. Merchandise is aplenty with new items for your purchasing pleasure, including the popular hybrids. Our own GQer Kevin Downs is back to take your money and assign you the perfect tee times, along with eight-year veteran Katy Coyle. New this year is fast-tracker, effervescent Jana Query. (Yes, I'm schmoozing.)

Senior League began May 2, Men's Night May 4; Morning Ladies' League started May 10. Both Ladies' and Men's Birch Ridge Cup Matches begin May 23. The Annual Hospice (fun) fund-raiser is scheduled for May 20. If you're not signed up yet for this great putting contest, get your name in at 262-5270 for this most worthwhile cause.

The 32nd Anniversary Par 3 Tournament is slated for its third year on May 21 for Birch Ridge association members. Call the pro shop to sign on. This is a great day so don't miss it.

Something new and dear to the hearts of the Birch Ridge Golf Association is "Hook a Kid on Golf." Bob Sizemore and Tom Walsh have worked long and hard to research and organize this new program for our community's kids between the ages of 8 and 13 who have the desire but not the means to learn the game of golf. And not just the techniques, but rules, etiquette, and personal responsibility that carries us all favorably throughout society. I can't stress enough how excited we are about this program here at Birch Ridge. This tidbit is just a teaser, I realize, but more is coming the closer we get to its start date in June.

Did you know a study done by Golf Digest suggests that even a grass stain on your golf ball can "cost you three yards" of carry off the tee? See, that magazine subscription is paying off already.

See you on the front (and back) nine!

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