Birch Ridge Report: Course springing to life

Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2004

Besides chirping squirrels, foraging moose and munching caribou present on Birch Ridge Golf Course this past week, the bespectacled, golf-cap-headed senior was seen Monday morning around 9 a.m., lustily swinging arms in what must be an annual golfing ritual. (Obviously, I've spent too long watching nature programs this last winter.)

There were 18 seniors teeing up for their first official day in the sun on May 3. Placing first low net was Roy Stuckey (related), followed by Gordon Briscoe in second place (not related).

Chuck Rider scored with closest-to on No. 6; John Dahlgren garnered closest-to on No. 8, as well as long putt. (Not on the same hole, right John?)

May 5 was the first of many Men's Nights. Earlier that day, however, congrats were in order for Myrna Schuh for making a hole-in-one on No. 8. A toast to you, Myrna, from hole 19.

Although none of the guys were able to replicate Myrna's feat, 19 players responded to the call of Wednesday's games. Dan Green, Don McKendry, Richard Harman and Bob Sizemore took all prizes for first place. Bob Sizemore and Dan Green landed closest-to on Nos. 6 and 8 respectively. Kevin Downs beat out all for longest drive, while John "Hey, You're Back" Tongen placed a pure birdie on No. 5.

May 23 is the first in the series of Couples' Sunday Afternoons. Show up no later than 2:30 p.m. so we can tee off by 3. For the barbecue immediately afterward in the pavilion, bring your own entree for the grill. The hosting couple will supply the other comestibles. (Hey, now, I use my dictionary for something other than a seat once in a while!)

The June Scramble is slated for June 12, so get your team together and start practicing. More info will be headed your way via this article, by calling the clubhouse at Birch Ridge, or through conversations with people like Myrna Schuh.

It's a pretty spectacular spring day ... as I always say, if you can't be mowing your lawn, you should be playing golf. Think about that when you're planning your day. See you on the tee box.

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