Shine on

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I frankly have to admit to spending some time today staring out the window at work and wishing I was on the course. Considering that my days at my "paying" job are fast coming to an end, it may not have been the best use of my time but it was just too pretty a day not to stop and appreciate. My better half and I stopped by the Kenai Golf Course yesterday and found things in tip top shape -- talk about getting the golfing juices flowing. The pro shop is full of great gear, there were people on the driving range working the kinks out (WHY are my clubs still in the crawl space, I must ask?), and the greens that we could see look to be in excellent shape for so early in the season. I am so looking forward to enjoying my first summer as a retiree spending as much time at the Kenai Golf Course as I possibly can (and it really irritates my better half that I am beating him to the punch by about six weeks)!

Ladies, there is a meeting scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. at the pro shop. Appetizers and libations will be served, so be sure to come out to join the discussion and get the Ladies League off to a great start.

Don't forget to get signed up for the first tournament of the year, the Dick & Shirley Morgan Kick-Off, on Saturday, May 30. Check-in is at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start. This is the first event in the "Atigun Season Points Race." The first Men's Night will also be a "Big Thursday" on May 28 and start at 6 p.m. Stop by the pro shop to check out all the other great events. There is something every single day of the week!

May 26 will be here before we know it, ladies, so be sure to get signed up early for the first of the Ladies Clinics to be taught by Gordon Griffin. The class runs from the May 26-29 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a $50 fee. The first of the Junior Clinics will be held on June 1, June 2 and June 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. and taught by Ryan Gluth. The clinics are open to all boys and girls ages 8 to 17 and costs $50 per golfer. There are more clinics scheduled over the course of the summer for the Juniors and Ladies, so check it out in the pro shop and stay tuned for more details. If you have not yet checked out the Web site, please do at There are some great pictures and loads of information. Of course, you can always find all this information in the pro shop as well.

The Hook a Kid on Golf Program will be held from June 8-12. For more information, contact the pro shop at 283-7500 or call Bob Sizemore at 262-5130 or 776-3777.

A birdie told me -- Derek Kaufman had the first hole-in-one at the Kenai Golf Course on May 7 on hole No. 5! The first round of the season was logged by Lee Steadman, who was seen hitting out of the woods on hole No. 8. Good shot, Lee! Another great shot was the eagle on hole No. 15 for Shawn Kay. Congratulations, guys, what a way to start your season! Our wandering band of diehard golfers recently returned from St. George and rumor has it that Tommy Carver had a rough couple of weeks. Was that just a rough time, Tommy, or did you spend all your time in the rough? Rich Edwards also carded his first hole-in-one during this golf adventure. Chances are these guys will have some great golf stories to share. A big thank you goes out to Jim Bradford for all his help in opening the course.

Well here's an announcement that I am pleased to share with you. A premium pass from the Kenai Golf Course will now afford you even more golfing value for your dollar. Buy a premium pass and you will receive 25 percent off greens fees at Birch Ridge and 50 percent off at Bird Homestead in Funny River. Enjoy all the great courses in the area for a great price.

The General Manager's Report -- Welcome to the 2009 golf season. It was a long winter. I was amazed to see what good shape our greens were in this spring once the snow had gone and I understand that this is true of all the courses in our area. This should make for an excellent golf season for all concerned.

Welcome back to the crew. Dusty and Willy will be keeping the course in good shape for us while Bill Burtram will be responsible for keeping the carts running, as well as the special projects around the course. Ron Goecke will be working in the pro shop and trying to keep me straight, while Debbie tries to keep both of us in order and the pro shop in tip-top shape. Mark and Lara Griffin will be working special events and helping out where needed. Chad and Brent Mello will be the night watering crew and Truckee LeMay will be working on the carts and doing whatever else needs to be done. Charlie Waguespack will be cutting the rough and assisting Bill with those special projects.

I hope to see everyone on the course this year. You can go online at and find out all about our events, including the Ladies Clinics, Junior Golf and all the tournament action. See you on the course!

- Gordon Griffin

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