Weather remains cool, but Birch Ridge Golf Course heats up

Birch Ridge Golf Report

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2007

The temperature outside is still on the cooler side of pleasant, but that sure isn’t keeping the golfers at Birch Ridge from heating up the course. We’ve seen a higher number than usual of golfers this year anxious to get out and work on this wonderful game we call golf. I just wish I could get my score a little closer to the temperature outside, but unfortunately I’d have to quit after about five holes for that to happen (on a good day).

Just like our golfers, our grounds crew is warming up to make some improvements to the course. One of the planned improvements is to clear out much of the brush in the rough to make it easier to find our balls. I, for one, am really happy about that. I’m sure in the process of clearing the brush, the crew will come across a lot of balls with the initials “SK,” which I hope they will return to yours truly. My supply is getting low.

Also, look for the netting on the driving range to be finished. And the cottages will take on a new and improved look as well (in case you need a place for your guests to stay.)

The Wednesday Night Men’s League started on May 9 in the rain with seven players trying to stay warm (and dry). Roy Bird was the low net winner with a 37. Roy also teamed up with Al Dettmer and Rudy to post the team low net of 30. Paul Zimmerman was closest to the hole on No. 6 and Phil Christensen was closest to the hole on the No. 8. Paul also had the longest drive. There’s a new format this year that I think the men will really warm up to. Why not give it a try?

Seniors this week were “hot to trot” with 12 golfers coming out Monday despite the cool temperature. Don McGhee was really on fire with the low net of 33 and closest to the hole on No. 6. Steve Hammarstrom was closest to the hole on No. 8 and Dave Stein made the longest putt. No sparks flying, just good golf.

The Tuesday Morning Ladies group is still warming up, but six ladies did come on this week and got their temperatures rising by unofficially playing “bingo-bango-bongo.” I hear that Chiya Bazan was the “unofficial” winner.

And then there’s the Tuesday Night Couples ... which began the season this week with 13 “sizzling” couples. Even though the temperature outside was cool, the clubhouse afterwards was “steamy” with John and Jane Tongen in charge. Not to be outdone by “Dancing with the Stars” they had us “waltz around the course” in teams of two-couples, each using the best net score on Nos. 1, 4 and 7, best two net scores on Nos. 2, 5 and 8, and best three net scores on Nos. 3, 6 and 9. (1,2,3 1,2,3 1,2,3 for all of you dancing stars out there).

Turning up the heat with the low team score of 61 was Dan and Linda Murphy and Marv and Jan St. Clair. Coming in second with a score of 62 was the team of Darell and Susan Jelsma and Dave and Sharon Keating (a special thanks to the other three members of my team who were really on fire while I was experiencing a slow meltdown). It was great to see some new faces this week and I encourage all couples to sign up for next week by noon on Tuesday and come join this warm and friendly group of golfers. You don’t want to miss John’s joke of the week or his other words of wisdom. (Last night he reminded us that “golf is a series of tragedies interrupted by an occasional miracle.”)

Mark you calendars for the following upcoming events:

May 26 — 34th anniversary Par 3 Tournament. This tournament began in 2003 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Birch Ridge Golf Course, with association members only. It has been changed to include any golfer with an established handicap. With a four-person handicapped scramble format, you can either sign up as an individual and be put on a team or put your own team together. What a great way to kick off the season with this fun tournament. Don’t miss out ... sign up before the pro shop closes on May 25.

Monday at 6 p.m. — Ladies Birch Ridge Cup meeting. The gathering will be in the pro shop with play to begin the week of May 28. If you’re interested in playing please call Ardie Crawford, Jessica Sunberg or the pro shop at 262-5270.

Men’s Birch Ridge Cup is scheduled to begin play the week of June 4. If you interested in playing call Dave or George Stein or the pro shop.

Hook a Kid on Golf is the week of June 4 to 8. If you would like to help, they are looking for volunteers.

Rally for a Cure will be June 10. If you watched any Major League Baseball games on Mother’s Day, you may have noticed the pink bats they used to help support breast cancer awareness and a cure. Or if you walk through almost any store you will see merchandise being sold with the pink ribbon logo “to support the cure.” Even the PGA Players were wearing pink spikes on their shoes on Mother’s Day.

Well, this tournament is the Birch Ridge Golf Association’s way of supporting the cause. And we need your help. There is a wheelbarrow in the pro shop that needs to be filled up with “party stuff” with raffle tickets being sold for $5 or three for $10. We are also looking for hole sponsors, donations for prizes and raffles, nongolfing volunteers to help out at the tournament, and especially lady golfers of any skill level. Call the pro shop or Sharon Keating (262-9195) if you can help out in any way.

We all have our experiences on the golf course, some good, some not so good, some funny, some not so funny. I would love to hear from you and share some of those experiences with our readers. (Or maybe just to make me feel better about my own game.) So please give me a call at 262-9195 or drop off a note to me in the pro shop.

Sharon’s thought for the week: “I went out golfing with my husband Dave this past week. On hole No. 2, I hit my ball into the pond. This was after a particularly bad drive and then playing out of the rough on both sides of the fairway. I was so frustrated with my game that I told him I should just go drown myself in the pond. He told me he didn’t think I could keep my head down that long.”

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