The Kenai Golf Course officially opened on Sunday. Dan Kirsch and his crew have been working very hard getting the course ready for play. The green covers are stored for the summer and the mowers are out.
Golfers are always anxious to see the greens when the covers are taken off each year. Once again, the greens wintered well and all the greens are mowed and in use.
Looks like we have another golfing season right where we want it -- directly in front of us. Even the geese realize it as they have given way to the golfers.
On Saturday, the Kenai Golf Association had a pre-start tournament for all the paid-up members of the organization. There was a great turnout, and all the food and prizes were gone by the end of the day.
The top 12 golfers with the best individual net scores were paired up for a "horse race" playoff. All six teams started on hole No. 7, where the two teams with the highest score were eliminated. Two more teams were eliminated on No. 8, and play continued until one team -- Dave Kerkvliet and Judy Salo -- remained standing and was declared the Pre-Season Start Champs.
Lori McComsey and Butch Anderson finished second, while Felix Martinez and Rob Salo finished third. Billy Applewhite and Ernie Beals placed fourth, Billy Coghill and Andy Anderson placed fifth and the sixth-place finishers were Steve Honrud and John Palm.
The junior golf program will start June 6. The deadline to sign up for the first session is noon on June 4. The sessions will include five instructional classes and five playing dates. Juniors are divided into three age groups: 8- and 9-year olds, 10- and 12-year olds, and 13 and up. There also will be an advanced class for junior golfers of any age.
The second session will run from July 31 through August 21. The fee of $50 per student includes range balls, greens fees, instruction and club rental.
The junior golf program always needs volunteers, mainly on the playing days by accompanying the various age groups as they play.
For more information, call the Kenai Golf Course at 283-7500.
Men's night starts May 18 at 6 p.m. For men's night, teams are drawn for a just-for-fun scramble format.
In a scramble, team members choose the team's best shot and play their next shot from that spot. Under a best-ball format, each player plays the hole from tee to green, but the team records only the best score for that hole.
Many golfers get the two formats mixed up. A scramble allows golfers of all skill levels to enjoy themselves without too much pressure.
Big Thursday returns to the Kenai Golf Course once a month this summer. Mark these dates down on your calendar: June 1, July 6, Aug. 3 and Sept. 7.
Remember, men's night starts at 6 p.m. every Thursday. Come early to register, or call the clubhouse to get your name on a team.
Kenai Cup competition starts June 7. Tee times will be posted in the clubhouse.
It looks like there will be a full field, so if you would like to play, be sure to get your paperwork in to be included on the roster of players.
There is room for 32 teams and the spots are filling up fast. Doug Haralson is the chairman of the Kenai Cup competition this season.
The ladies will have their own night out on the course, Tuesdays at 6 p.m. All ladies are invited to join in on the fun. It doesn't matter what your skill level is, what kind of clubs you have or what you wear -- it's just a night to beat the ball around the course and meet other ladies doing the same.
The scramble format is a great way to play since the other team members will help you out, hopefully, whenever the team needs a shot.
There is very little emphasis on skill level and lots of emphasis on the "fun-of-it-all" level. After all, did any of us years ago think we would be chasing a little ball around and beating it?
The first ladies night of 2000 is June 6. The shotgun start goes off at 6 p.m. Arrive early to register, or call the clubhouse to have your name added to the list in case you are short on time.
Early Bird Winner
The Kenai Golf Association had an early bird sign-up drawing for the membership this year. All members paid up by March were entered in the drawing for a regular-season pass. Ray Measles was the lucky winner.
There were 76 early birds this year, and our membership is now up to 180 paid members. The organization is growing and has been very busy planning the 2000 schedule. Congratulations to Ray for being the lucky early bird!
Get out your clubs, stock your golf bag and head over to the Kenai Golf Course for a round of golf. The practice green is ready and waiting. The driving range takes a little longer to set up since the ground needs to dry out so the hoist can drive on the range to get the nets up.
What a time of year for Alaskans! We are anticipating another beautiful season of golfing, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, exploring, canoeing, playing baseball and tennis, clam digging, picnicking or just enjoying all the daylight.
Hope to see you real soon at the Kenai Golf Course.
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