Birch Ridge Report: Birdies, bogeys and bemoaning the weather at Birch Ridge Golf Course

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2004

In glancing over last year's Birch Ridge golf articles for May, I noticed a slight discrepancy; I had not yet started my perpetual weather whining. I am here today to remedy that error.

It's raining and I want to play with my new clubs without looking like the Gloucester fisherman; I want to wear my new 45 sunblock and still get some color; and. most importantly, I want the sun in my eyes so that others have to watch my ball for me as it sails over the hill on No. 4!

Luckily for my trusted and loyal readers, I have the names of those who don't really care if the weather is, to put it eloquently, sucky.

Those younger-than-springtime seniors were at their game again these last two Monday mornings. Don McGee placed first for low net with a score of 34, followed directly on his spikes by John Dahlgren with a 35. Closest-to on hole six was Dave Stein, and John D. again with closest-to on hole eight. Dave gave us his long putt on hole nine. The next Monday put Bob Schuh in first with low net of 33. Ray Hamby won longest putt on No. 9; Gordon Briscoe and Roger Jones cozied up to 6 and 8 for closest-to. (I read this term in another golf article once and just couldn't wait to use it.)

Tuesday Morning Ladies started out rather slowly this season with only seven in attendance. Two foursomes had a good time, as always, however. First-place winners for a team effort of 43 were Kathi Nielsen, Cheryl Hammarstrom, Myrna Cowan and "Fred"; second-placers with 45 were Dee Richards, Louise Schadle, Ginger Llewellyn and Chiya Bazan. Now, you'll notice I said two foursomes with only a total of seven players, right? And then I mention Fred? Well, it's a golf thing or maybe it's just a woman golf thing. The point is, if you ladies want to know about Fred, you really need to come out an play a round or ten just to get acquainted with the lingo.

May 12's Men's Night was a big success again with 24 players six foursomes and no "Fred" needed. Winning team kudos go to Jay Kriner, Don McKendry, Gary Brumley and Kevin "Radar" O'Fallon (who also cozied up to on both six and eight). Second-place winners were Dan Murphy, Gary Effenbeck, Steve Horn and Joe Blanchard. Longest drive congrats to Charles Benson; pure birdie handshake to Bob Sizemore. (Perhaps as the season progresses we'll have nicknames for everybody, what?)

Women's Cup matches start this week with 12 teams. I even have a partner ... and she has a sense of humor, so we're ready.

Men's Cup matches start Monday; if you're a procrastinator, call the pro shop to see if you're too late to sign up.

Friday is the Hospice Auction and Putting Contest, from 3 to 7 p.m. Good cause and good fun don't be shy.

A reminder: June 7 as the start of the Junior Golf Clinics. These are great lessons for our young generation; as I've mentioned before, it's not just about golf. Sign up those kids now ... you'll have no regrets.

June 12 is the Birch Ridge June Scramble. Get your team together, sign up at the pro shop and start practicing.

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