Birch Ridge Report

Green-up has golfers psyched up

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2002

Moose, caribou, eagles, ducks, robins, sparrows, frogs in the pond -- these are the sights and sounds of summer at Birch Ridge Golf Course. While it is early in the golf season (at least by Alaska standards) the fairways are turning green and the greenskeepers are hard at work revitalizing the greens. It is amazing to see the amount of grass that has come back on the greens this past week and to see the fairways quickly developing.

It is obvious from watching the number of people out playing this past week that we are all happy that summer has arrived and the golf course is open. Other than a few days (like Men's Night last week) the weather has been nice -- a bit cool in the mornings but warming up nicely and drying out things during the day. You'll find a few temporary greens as the crews plug, sand and water to improve course conditions.

Senior League

Ten seniors braved the cool temperature out on the links to play a low handicap game, with Roger Jones carding a 35 1/2. Not bad, for early in the season. Closest to the pin on No. 8 was Ray Hamby, who beat out Gordon Briscoe by a mere 8 inches, more or less. No one landed on the sixth green to claim the closest-to-the-pin honor, so it will be carried over to next week. Holding up the ladies claim to fame was Chiya Bazan with the longest putt on No. 9.

Men's League

Men's League began on May 8. Due to the cold, wet weather there were only a few men who showed up to play, with the remainder deciding to wait until warmer, dryer weather to play.

Morning Ladies League

Morning Ladies League played Tuesday with Jan Stenga carrying away many of the event's honors. Jan grabbed low net for the round along with putting her ball up closest to the pin on the sixth hole. Chiya Bazan captured fewest putts for the day while Kathi Nielsen snatched closest to the pin on the eighth hole.

Birch Ridge Cup

Birch Ridge Cup begins May 23 for the ladies and May 27 for the men. Contact the pro shop to sign up and for further details.

Junior Golf

Junior Golf clinics will begin June 10. There will be two sessions this summer, a beginner's clinic on June 10 followed by a skills clinic on June 17. Details on the junior golf clinics can be found in the Peninsula Clarion's "Just Kiddin'" or by calling Birch Ridge Golf Course at 262-5270.

Upcoming events

Upcoming Events include the Hospice Auction and Putting Contest, which will be Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. Contact a Hospice board member or Birch Ridge Golf Course for details.

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