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Kenai Golf Report: Kenai version of FedExCup to start soon

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2008

Hello, golfers. It is my pleasure to be with you again this year reporting on all the fun and games at the Kenai Golf Course. It's early in the season and I am happy to report that the Kenai Golf Course is open and ready for action. The nets are up on the driving range, the pro shop is stocked and bursting at the seams, and the course is ready to welcome you back, along with Gordon and Debbie Griffin and the entire staff of the KGC.

Check out the new Web site for the Kenai Golf Course -- www.kenaigolfcourse.com. You can find everything you need to know about the course -- from driving directions to tournament and clinic schedules, even pictures of the local wildlife. Check it out!

The Kenai Cup will be held on Wednesday nights again this year. Gary Katsion will be chairing this event as he has the past several years. I will let you know as soon as his plans are finalized, but be sure to check the pro shop for information. On Thursdays at noon, the Ladies' League will hold their weekly outings with a variety of formats to keep things interesting, and on Thursday evenings, the KGC will host Men's Night at 6 p.m. Entry fees will be $5 for both with a $25 entry fee for the monthly Men's Night Super Thursday. The tournament schedule is promising with a complement of tournaments all summer beginning with the Dick Morgan Open on May 31.

The Kenai Golf Association is sponsoring a new tournament format this year, which is the brainchild of KGA Vice-President Todd Eskelin and based on the FedExCup. Golfers pay a $20 entry fee for the entire season and participate by entering any KGA-sponsored tournament and open tournaments such as the Donny Morgan and Kenai Open, and earning points by placing in the top 10. At the end of the season, the top eight places will enter a match play playoff to determine the champion.

Based on participation levels, there will be one men's gross division, two flights on the men's net division and one flight of women's net division. This sounds like a lot of fun so be sure to sign up early for your chance to win some great prizes! The first three events that qualify for points will be the Dick Morgan Kick Off Tournament on May 31, the June 22nd KGA event and the June 29 Rita's Tournament.

The first clinic for the 2008 golfing season will be held from May 19 through May 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is a basic clinic for ladies taught by Gordon Griffin. The clinic is limited to eight participants and the fee is $50 so don't delay, get your name on the list. Don Moock will be teaching an "Ice Breaker Lesson" on May 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a $10 fee. Come when you want and work on any aspect of your game that may need fine-tuning.

General Manager's Report -- I want to thank Todd Eskelin for his efforts in setting up the new FedExCup and Cliff Baker for providing the new cleat cleaners at every other hole. These are both welcome additions to our course. I am happy to welcome everyone to a new golf season; now we all just need to think about sunny days and warm weather.

The winter treated the course very well. Our greens are solid and will be green soon, and are very puttable. Last Friday, we pulled the covers and were really pleased with what we found. We have already fertilized, overseeded and watered all the greens. The tee boxes and fairways are in great shape.

Over the winter we managed to accomplish some more clearing, which will continue throughout this season. A new private cart storage area was built that is more functional and convenient. Work is ongoing on the new short game practice facility and we will continue to improve the area around the pro shop. The work of thinning trees around the greens also will continue. I hope you will be pleased with the changes you will see and want to thank everyone for their support last year and continued support this year. See you on the course. -- Gordon Griffin

I would like to introduce the current board members of the Kenai Golf Association. Please feel free to contact a KGA officer or board member with any questions or concerns, as well as Gordon or Debbie Griffin. The 2008 Board members are: Barry Jackman, president (bjackman@homerelectric.com); Todd Eskelin, vice president (t.eskelin@acsalaska.net); Cliff Vaught, secretary (sporty88@hotmail.com); Bill Coghill, treasurer (wcoghill@mcc-cpa.com); Dwight Kramer (dwimar@gci.net); Keith Stuart (kstuart42@hotmail.com); Rich Edwards (iwanabowla300@hotmail.com); Roy Wells (wellra1@gci.net) and Tom Carver (thomascarver22@hotmail.com). Gordon and Debbie can be reached at the KGC pro shop at 283-7500 or gordon.griffin@acsalaska.net.

Dust off those clubs, warm up those tight muscles and get swinging. See you on the driving range!



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