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Kenai Golf Report

Kenai Golf Course in full swing

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Wow! Things are really looking up at the Kenai Golf Course!

The greens and tees are certainly looking super. All that watering that goes on in the middle of the night is paying off.

The fairways, however, are still dreaming of showers so they too can green up. We must remember, this is still only the 21st of May.

Mixed Doubles

The Don and Sharon Moock team took first place with the fewest total putts for the nine-hole event. They also had the "mystery hole," which was No. 5. Buzz and Patty Rome were second for the evening.

Mixed doubles takes place on Mondays with tee times starting at 6:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. It is strictly for fun and very little pressure comes into play. Just call in your tee time and come out to join the mixed doubles nine-hole play each Monday evening.

Ladies

The ladies meet each Tuesday and tee off at 6 p.m. Several ladies new to the area have been eager to get the event going for the season. Ladies, don't forget, Tuesday is marked for you! Let's get the ladies weekly evening of golf going again. The Kenai Golf Course is eagerly waiting to have you play the newly rated course. You will find the golf course much friendlier. This is a no-pressure sort of event.

Kenai Cup

Kenai Cup play will get under way on June 4. Anyone looking for a partner to play in the Kenai Cup? Let them know at the desk in the pro shop. There's a golfer looking for a partner. Get his phone number at the desk.

Kenai Cup match play takes place each Wednesday with tee times between 5:50 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the back and front. During any weekly event, the course remains open to the public.

Men's Night

The men had a "cross country" event this past Thursday. Seven holes were played, however, the sequence of play was nothing like what you've played before. The team taking first place included Rob Smithwick, Keith Stuart, Don Wright and Al Hull.

The second-place team included Dana Bassel, Cal Larson, Zach Hooser and Brad Stevens.

The first weekly "Shootout" on No. 10 held after the Men's Night event had 16 golfers test their shots to the green. The event will benefit the junior golf program at the Kenai Golf Course. Tee spots will be determined each week by a drawing.

Yours truly happily and humbly reports hitting a shot with a 7-wood from 145 yards that ended up closest to the pin. Taking second place was Bill Engberg. I am always amazed how fortunate this reporter is with this game.

"If Grandma can, so can you!"

Junior Golf

The first junior session will start on June 3. All interested juniors 8 to 17 years of age are encouraged to sign up. Call the clubhouse to get on the list.

Each session includes five instruction days and five play days. The $50 fee includes clubs, range balls and greens fees for play days. It is a great way to get juniors started with the game of golf.

Upcoming Events

Get a partner and sign up for the Partners Game on May 31. Partners are allowed a 10-stroke difference in handicap. Adjustments will be made for differences of more than 10 strokes.

The 18-hole event will include playing six holes in a scramble format, six holes in a best ball (both play from tee to green and the lowest score is recorded) and six holes of scotch doubles (players alternate shots). The entry fee is $15 per person plus greens fees; premium pass holders play no fees. Awards will take place at the Kenai Golf Course pavilion. Tee times start at 8 a.m. Players with no GHIN handicap will play scratch.

Golf clinics by pro Bill Engberg will be on Saturday. The clinic from 10 a.m. to noon will cover the swing. The fee is $20.

Starting at 12:30 p.m., pitching, chipping and putting will take center stage. Fee is $10.

The clinics are a great way to improve your game or get started with it. All skill levels are welcome.

A Birdie Told Me

Recently while playing at Kenai Golf Course, Andy Anderson was all smiles when he hit his all-time farthest and no doubt best second shot ever. Disappointment soon set in when he realized he had hit the wrong ball. He took his two-stroke penalty and mumbled on his way.

A birdie didn't have to fill yours truly in on this recent incident involving a golfer from our group of morning golfers called the "Wild Bunch."

While heading to No. 3, lefty Dana Bassel has his second shot get away from him and head straight for the woods to the left of the green One could hear Dana's disappointment as the ball headed for the woods.

The ball landed on the plastic water pipes and ricocheted straight across to the back far side of the green, just 12 feet from the cup. That foursome is now convinced golf angels hang around the Kenai Golf Course.

Closing Thoughts

For local and state golfing news, Kenai Golf Course events, junior rules and dates of junior sessions, the Kenai Golf Course Hole in One hall of fame, golf links of all kinds, junior links, Kenai Golf Course memories, Kenai Golf Association applications, Kenai Golf Course Web site, links to Alaska golf courses and many other links got to www.kenaigolf.com. There is something for all!

See you on the practice green.



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