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Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

We have definitely hit the jackpot with the weather we have been having and reminds me yet once again why I live here. My clubs have finally made it out of the crawl space. It is so exciting to get reacquainted as I pull each of the clubs from the bag, examining the heads, checking the grips and taking a practice swing or two just to remind my muscles of what to do and hopefully, what not to do.

Speaking of reminding, here's an excellent opportunity to get those old muscle memories out and dusted off along with those clubs. The Beginning Ladies' Clinics are scheduled for May 26-29, June 22-25, July 20-24 and Aug. 17-20. The classes take place from 6 to 8 p.m. each day and the first three sessions will be held at the driving range and short-game facilities working on the basics along with golf etiquette. The final session, however, will be held on the course as attendees play the front nine accompanied by an instructor. The Intermediate Ladies' Clinics will be held on June 29-30 and July 13-14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The fee for these clinics is $50 per session and is due at the time you register for the class. Sign up in the pro shop and remember that class size is limited. Please give at least 48-hours notice if you must cancel so that an attempt can be made to fill the class. As always, no clubs, no problem as rentals are available in the pro shop.

The Junior Clinics, taught by Ryan Gluth, will be held on June 1, June 2 and June 4 from 6 to 8 p.m; June 15-17 from 9 to 11 a.m.; and June 13, June 14 and June 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. The junior clinics are open to all girls and boys, ages 8 to 17. Sessions focus on the basics and class size is limited so early sign-up is encouraged. The $50 fee is due at sign up. No clubs? No problem.

The Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick-Off Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 30. This annual tournament honors Dick and Shirley whose efforts, passion and love for the game of golf helped to bring our community this wonderful facility. Sign up in the pro shop. Check-in is at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start. This is also the first event in the "Atigun Season Points Race."

The Atigun Season Points Race is a fairly new event having started just last year. There will be both a Net and Gross Division in the event and all KGA sponsored tournaments qualify, as do the various open tournaments, like the Donny Morgan and the Kenai Open. Points are awarded depending on placement in qualifying events and top finishers will compete in a match-play tournament at the end of the season. Anyone interested in participating should contact the course at 283-7500 for more information.

Sounds like the ladies are going to be out in force this year at the KGC. Not one, but two ladies' groups will be playing a variety of formats for a $5 entry fee. A group will meet on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. while another group will meet Thursdays at noon. There is also a Ladies-Only Tournament scheduled for Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m. and will be a nine-hole scramble with a $10 entry fee. The ladies especially wish to thank Brenda Ahlberg for her efforts in organizing the meeting and send her their best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Men's Night gets off the ground with Big Thursday on May 28 at 6 p.m. Please be sure to be in the pro shop at least 15 minutes prior to start times for any of the weekly events to allow for sign up, teams, etc.

A birdie told me -- Dale Sandahl had a great putt on hole No. 14 the other day.

Gary Katsion is the proud winner of the annual season pass to the KGC which is awarded by the KGA for early bird sign-up.

The General Manager's Report -- Thank you, Willy, Dusty and Bill for getting our greens in such good shape so early in the season. The greens have been fertilized, slit-seeded with nugget and over-seeded with rye and thatched! We still have work to do on hole No. 14 green, but it is drying out fast and will soon be one of our best! Excellent weather conditions have helped a great deal and the night watering crew (Brent and Chad Mello) have been doing a great job keeping the greens and the tee boxes watered. Thanks also to Ron Goecke for all his help and the special projects that he does.

A special thank you goes out to Atigun and Bob Sizemore for sponsoring the Season Points Race this year. It will now be known as the Atigun Season Points Race or the Atigun Cup. Great prizes will be awarded at the end of the season and all you need to do to participate is sign up in the pro shop and play golf.

We had our first ladies meeting last Friday and it was a productive event. The Ladies Day and Ladies Night events were scheduled, as was the first Ladies-Only Tournament. Thank you, Pauline Goecke and Debbie Griffin for providing the food, Brenda Ahlberg for organizing and Ron Goecke for covering the counter.

As soon as we can get sand in the traps around the new practice area, it will be open for use. We are looking forward to using this new facility.

I would also like to thank Mark and Laura Griffin for their help getting the course open. As always, I would like to thank Jerry Norris for his help and concern for our course.

We look forward to seeing all of you, and as always, see you on the course!

- Gordon Griffin

June tournament action kicks off with the EZPZ Ladies Tournament on Sunday, June 7; Saturday, June 13 is the Masonic; the Boys & Girls Club Tournament is scheduled for Friday, June 19, and the Elks on Saturday, June 20. On Sunday, June 21, the KGA monthly event will be held and on Saturday, June 27, the Rita Botelho Tournament. Information on these events, and most anything else you could wish to know about the KGC, can be found online at www.kenaigolfcourse.com or in the pro shop.

These are all great tournaments and popular events and will certainly fill up fast, so don't delay. Get on over to the course and get signed up, visit with the friendly folks and work out some kinks on the driving range. With the start we have had to our summer, don't delay. Enjoy this wonderful weather at an absolutely beautiful location -- the Kenai Golf Course. See you on the Driving Range!



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