Kenai Golf Course in full swing

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2001

The Kenai Golf Course is back on track for the 2001 season. The golfers are enjoying the game again, the carts are running, the driving range is open and the cafe is back to making those delicious par and eagle burgers and homemade fries. It is great to be out there with the happy golfers.

Bill Engberg is back giving lessons again and getting the junior program ready. The junior golfers are signing up and the first session will start on June 4, while the second session will begin on July 9. You might call in to add your child's name to the list.

Bill also will offer clinics for interested adult golfers. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be a clinic for beginners only that will cover grip-stance-posture and the full swing on the driving range.

The cost is $20 per golfer and there will be a limited number of golfers that will participate. Get signed up as early as possible.

Then on May 27 there will be a session for intermediate and beginners from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The session will again cover the basics of the golf swing, grip, stance, posture and the full swing on the range. It is a great chance to get off to a great start for the season. Most golfers may be greatly helped by the timely sessions.

Coed Golf

The regular Monday night coed golf got started on Monday. The team of Dave and Shelley Ramsey took the total combined score of the par-3 fifth hole. The team of Jerry and Susan May took the fewest total putts in the nine-hole play.

The teams also played the "animal game" involving the snake, camel, gorilla and frog. The evening is open to all coed teams interested in golfing just for fun. Tee times start at 6:30 p.m. each Monday. Call in your tee times to the clubhouse or ask for more information.

Men's Night

Men's Night got started and will continue each Thursday evening. The team that took first place with 3-under-par included Roger Jones, Jerry Norris, Don Ramsey and EZ Hoyez. The team that took second with 2-under-par included Dana Bassell, Shawn Jones, Billy Applewhite and Billy Coghill.

Keith Stewart took the longest drive of the evening. Stewart also took the closest to the pin on No. 5 with 28 feet. Closest to the pin on No. 9 was Tom Carver with 19 feet, 7 inches.

You might keep in mind that on May 31 there will be a "horse race" for Men's Night. It will be a two- or three-man team, depending on the number of golfers that show up for the team drawing.

Sign-up deadline is 6:15 p.m. and tee time is at 6:30 p.m. It seems the starting time will be 6:30 p.m. for the men's Thursday night golf to help get the after-work golfers there in a safe manner. This Thursday the weekly event will be a regular blind draw scramble.

Ladies Night

All ladies are invited to attend and enjoy the weekly ladies event. It is a great way to get started playing golf. The scramble format allows all skill levels a chance to enjoy the evening.

Each Tuesday evening tee time will be at 6 p.m. Sign up before or call the clubhouse to get your name on the list for the team drawing. Call Audrey at 776-5258 for more information concerning ladies night golfing.

Kenai Cup

The Kenai Cup is still looking for teams to sign up for the weekly competition. Two-person teams will participate in match play each Wednesday with tee times starting at 5:45 p.m. Call Doug at 283-4623 for more information.

All participants must be Kenai Golf Association members. The organizing committee will appreciate your promptness in getting your application to the clubhouse.

Golfers Needed for Kenai River Festival

As much as I enjoy playing golf and hanging around the Kenai Golf Course, I do enjoy squeezing in as much as possible between rounds. On June 9 and 10, the annual Kenai River Festival will be held.

It has become one of my favorite events. The festival organizers need help with this great event. Call 260-5449 for more info if you feel an inkling to help. Only two hours of your time will make a big difference to the committee, community and Kenai River. Don't forget to mark the dates on your calendar.

See you real soon on the chipping and putting practice area at the Kenai Golf Course.

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