Golf at the Kenai Golf Course is in full swing. The beautiful weather has enabled the golfers to get out earlier than usual. Rita Botelho would be excited and encouraging all to "get out and play." Yes, Rita will be a part of this report for some time to come, as Shelley and I will draw inspiration from her.
A pre-season scramble for KGA members was held on May 3, with 67 members participating. The winning team was Ken Lipski, Jeff Cocker, J. D. Gray and Dwight Kramer.
Gordon Griffin, general manager of the course, is busy directing improvements and maintenance of the course. Gravel has been laid near the clubhouse and parking lot to prevent the dust from flying. A new fence near the No. 10 tee box has been put up by Tom Carver (thank you, Tom). Upgrades on Nos. 1, 7 and 15 ladies tee boxes are in progress. Water coolers have been put up with changes on Nos. 4, 6, 13 and 15 (women take note). Thank you Noel Widmayer for getting the boxes ready.
The greens are in excellent shape for this time of year and with continued watering will continue to improve. Depending on the weather, some watering may be done during the day as well as the evening. Golfers are asked to make allowances for the interruption.
Don Moock will be the head golf professional at the course this year. Don has these words: "I want to welcome everyone and invite you to come to the course and introduce yourself when you see me. I would like to get to know everyone. I will be giving lessons and I am a custom golf club builder and can repair clubs for you."
At the registration desk Ron Goecke, Gordon Griffin, Carol Morgan and Barry Jackman will be taking starting times and checking in golfers. Carol Morgan will continue to run the pro shop. Stop in and check out all the new golf clubs, accessories and clothes.
Gordon says thanks to the many volunteers who helped get the course ready for opening: Dwight Kramer, Max Pate, Eddie Sibolboro, Bill Burtram, Tom Carver, Noel Widmayer, Billy Applewhite, Keith Stuart, John Dahlgren, Doug Haralson, Jeffrey Johns, Tom Allison, Andy Anderson, Dave Kerkvliet, Roy Wells and Cliff Baker.
Don Moock and Gordon Griffin will be in charge of the junior golf program. A new program will be started this year in addition to that already in place. Junior golf begins in June and a few people are needed to assist. Interested? Contact Don or Gordon at the course (283-7500).
The Kenai Golf Course has plenty of events coming up before the end of June:
May 19, 6 p.m. Men's night. There will be free hot dogs and chili dogs and a $50 gift certificate donated by the course for closest to the pin on No. 10. Entry fee is $5 with all money going for first, second and third places in a blind-draw scramble.
May 23, 6 p.m. Couple's golf. This was started and supported by Rita. The same format will be continued.
June 1, 6 p.m. Kenai Cup begins. Registrations must be in by May 27.
June 2, 12:30 p.m. Ladies golf. This is a new time and we are hoping more ladies will be able to participate. Questions? Call Kathy Heus at 283-7930.
June 4 Masonic scramble.
June 10 Boys and Girls Club event.
June 18 Kenai Elks scramble.
June 19 KGA Members Only event (tee times begin at 1 p.m.).
June 24 Kenai Catholic Church nine-hole scramble.
June 25 Kenai Head Start scramble.
It's a busy schedule for June, but there is still time for those of you who just like to get out alone, or with friends, to play your own game.
The Rita Botelho Greens Tournament will be July 31. The tournament, in memory of Rita Botelho, will be a two-person, best-ball tournament. Hole sponsorship forms and registration forms are available at the Kenai Golf Course. For more information or questions, call 283-7500.
As Rita would say, "See you on the fairways."
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