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An ace in the hole

Birch Ridge Report

Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2006

Mark Twain once said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” (Obviously he never played at Birch Ridge). But, I wonder if that’s what Chuck Obendorf was thinking as he was walking around the green on the eighth hole this past Monday during Senior League play.

Unable to find his ball, playing partner Chuck Rider suggested looking in the cup. Yep, you guessed it! The first “Hole in One” honor of the 2006 season goes to Chuck (aka “Ace”) Obendorf.

Out of 11 seniors playing, Mick Reeve had the low net with a 37. Closest to the hole on No. 6 was Jerry Norris, and Chuck Rider made the longest putt. New starting time next week will be 9 a.m.

This Saturday is the Par 3 Anniversary Tournament at Birch Ridge. In recognition of the 33rd anniversary of the course, the fee for this tournament will be $33.00, which will include green fees and an awards barbecue following the tournament. Tee time is 3 p.m. Format will be teams of A, B, C, D players, picked by handicap. There will be four closest-to-the-pin holes. This is a very fun event, so you won’t want to miss it. Please sign up by 5 p.m. Friday.

Attention all fun-loving golfing couples: Our new Tuesday Night Couples will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. This will be a nine-hole handicapped event with the games varying week to week. Each couple will pay a $5 fee to go toward prizes for the winners. Sign-up sheet will be in the pro shop. Deadline to sign-up is Monday at noon. For more information, call the pro shop at 262-5270 or John and Jane Tongen at 260-5265. Note: Couple is defined as one man/one woman — need not be married to play. Come join the fun.

Men’s Wednesday Night League started on the May 10. The winning team was Kevin O’Fallon, Phil Christensen, Rick Kennedy and George Stein. Second-place team was Kevin Downs, Richard Harmon, Dave Geddes and Paul Zimmerman. George Stein was closest to the hole on No. 6 and Phil Christensen was closest to the hole on No. 8 (he went on to birdie the hole). On hole No. 4, Paul Zimmerman had the longest drive.

Check-in time is 6 p.m. with tee-off at 6:30.

Seven members of the Tuesday Morning Ladies League went out this week, each playing their own game and having a great time. Next week they will begin regular league play and hope to have more ladies join them. Tee-off is at l0 a.m.

Next time you’re in the pro shop, check out the huge pretty pink basket full of lots of party goodies, with more being added, to be raffled off at the first Birch Ridge “Rally for a Cure” ladies golf tournament on June 11. Raffle tickets are on sale now with the winning ticket to be drawn at the tournament (need not be present to win). Donations for this basket are welcome and so is participation in the tournament from all you golfing ladies, no matter what your skill level. Proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This promises to be a fun tournament and is certainly for a great cause, so sign up soon. The deadline is today. For more information, call the pro shop.

TOM’S TIP for the week: “Many golfers come to course and go right to the first tee without warming up. Then they grab a driver and hit into the woods. Not a good start. If you are unable to properly practice hitting balls before a round, try this: Instead of using a driver for the first three or four holes, use a 3-wood or 5- wood. To me, the driver is the hardest club in the bag to hit because of its length and it has less loft on it. A 3-wood and 5-wood have more loft and are about 1 inch to 2 inches shorter so they are easier to hit and control. It’s a lot easier to hit your ball out of the fairway than the trees. Once you’ve warmed up, try hitting your driver and if you have trouble keeping it in play, go back to the 3-wood or 5-wood to keep it in the fairway. See you on the course.”

Personally, I think the best wood in my bag is my pencil. On second thought, I don’t have trouble hitting the woods — I just have trouble hitting out of them.



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