Working out kinks at the links

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2001

Oh, my goodness! Here we are again looking at the golfing season ahead of us. What a wonderful time of the year for Alaskans! We have all those warm weather activities we enjoy and wait all winter long to get back to.

It seems more and more golfers are sneaking away during the winter to visit relatives. The guys are actually excited to go visit the relatives they haven't seen in years as long as they are within driving distance of a course. I was amazed how many golfers mentioned how great a time they had vacationing with their families back at the mother-in-law's hometown.

Golfers will do almost anything to get out on a golf course. There are some happy golfing wives I also noticed who are happy they can now go on vacation and spend as much shopping for trinkets as their golfing husbands spend per day on greens fees.

The Kenai Golf Course officially opened Monday. The Kenai Golf Association had their annual opening "kickoff tourney" on Sunday evening, with 80 golfers chomping at the bit to get started with the 2001 golfing season. The course is open for play from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The mild winter and lack of snow to protect the grass from the elements was very hard on the greens. When the covers came off the greens this spring it was apparent Mother Nature let us know who is really in charge.

Since the covers were put on the greens several years ago the greens have been wonderful each spring. We were beginning to expect the greens would be green when the covers come off each and every spring. Everything has been done to get them back into shape.

It would be so nice to have some warm, comfortable weather for everything to green up. We simply can't do a thing to hurry spring along. I did notice my shrubs in my yard are still not budding at all. It is so great to be out on the course and visiting with golfing friends that the winter kept apart.

Kenai Cup

Get your partners and sign up to play in Kenai Cup match play. All players must be 2001 Kenai Golf Association members. The play will start June 6, with the first tee time scheduled for 5:45 p.m. The Kenai Cup nine-hole match play will have scheduled tee times each Wednesday evening. Doug Haralson is the chairperson of the event this year.

Ladies Night

The ladies will once again have their Tuesday evening blind draw scramble. The tee time will be 6 p.m. Get signed up before the team drawing or call the clubhouse to get added to the list if you will arrive after 5:45 p.m.

This is the ladies night at the golf course. It is strictly for fun and all skill levels are invited to participate. Those who have played in the past are encouraged to bring a friend along to join the play. There are nightly drawings for prizes, team score awards, prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive.

Men's Night

Men's Night will start today and the shotgun start will be 6:15 p.m. The starting time was changed last year to help the golfers get to the course on time after work. Call if you will be a little late and your name will be added to the list to be drawn for teams.

The format is usually a blind draw scramble. However, last season play was varied and the golfers enjoyed the changes. So this season the format will continue to be changed every now and then to add a twist to the regular play.

Junior Golf

Junior Golf will start the first session on June 4. The second session will start on July 9. All juniors must sign up before starting dates. The sessions consist of instructions and playing lessons. The juniors are put in ability or skill level groups. All juniors from 8 to 18 years of age are welcome to participate. Call the course for more information at 283-7500.

Logo Contest

The Kenai Golf Association is inviting everyone to enter a logo contest. The association wants a logo to put on hats, jackets, shirts, etc. There is a $100 gift certificate for the Kenai Golf Course Pro Shop to be awarded to the designer of the chosen logo. The Kenai Golf Course logo may also be incorporated with the newly designed Kenai Golf Association logo. The deadline has been extended.

As soon as a handful of logos are received the judging will take place to select the logo. The association is looking forward to having shirts and/or hats with the logos given to participants in the association tournaments.

Coed Golf

Coed Golf will start on Monday and continue each Monday evening. Tee times start at 6:30 p.m. All teams with a guy and a gal are welcome to join the play. Call in your tee time each week.

It is a very low-key evening of golf for fun. The weekly competition varies to take into account the different skills of all golfers. Many twists and turns are added to have it fun for all no matter what skill level you may have. It is a great way to spend Monday evenings.

Golf E-News

A new feature has been added this year to keep the Kenai Golfers informed about the happenings at the Kenai Golf Course. A Web site has been put together with golf news you may find interesting. The schedule of tournaments is listed for you to run off if you choose. To check out the site please go to:

Yours truly enjoyed putting the site together. It was very challenging and interesting. I am still learning and will continue to improve the site as I pick up new pointers, skills and suggestions. The site is evolving on a daily basis. Your suggestions are always welcome!

Golfing Instructions

Bill Engberg, the Kenai Golf Course teaching pro, will arrive any day now. This will be Engberg's third year giving lessons at the Kenai Golf Course. He will give lessons to all skill levels and ages.

Individual or small group lessons may be scheduled. You might call the Pro Shop for more information and to talk to Bill as soon as he gets back to Kenai.

Bill lives Outside and gives lessons at a course in California.

See You Soon

Hope to see you on the fairway or in the clubhouse. Anyone wishing to do a sun dance to welcome in some warm weather to the area is welcomed to do just that. My clubs are waiting to get out on the course.

See you real soon on the fairway at Kenai Golf Course.

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