Weather triggers hot scoring at Birch Ridge

Birch Ridge Report

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2002

Wow, this weather the past week has been absolutely amazing. In looking at the temperatures in the Lower 48 these past few days, we have had warmer temperatures than most of our southern neighbors. And last weekend while we basked in 70 plus degree temperatures snow was falling in New York City.

The last time I remember weather like this was the summer of 1977 and then again in 1991. So it's been a while but then it is still very early in the year with a month to go till we hit summer solstice.

More exciting than the weather was the first recorded hole in one of the year. Eleven-year-old Taylor Jackson, a fifth grader at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary, recorded the first of the year on hole No. 8, on May 16.

Playing a temporary green, Taylor used his 8-iron to reach the hole 100 yards away. Taylor said, "It felt great." He's never had a hole in one before and is the first member of his family to record one. Witnessing this awesome event were a few other great young area golfers -- Zachary Cowan, Josh Lansing, and Brennan Jackson.

The fairways and greens continue to improve in dramatic proportions. The grounds crews have been working hard on getting the greens in shape for this year's first tournament, the June Scramble on June 15. While once again the play on Men's Night was dampened by cool temperatures and a pretty good downpouring of rain, the folks at Birch Ridge say it was wonderful and "came at just the right time to help make things grow and green up the golf course."

Senior League

The warm, sunny weather helped to get more seniors out again this past Tuesday. Once again, there was nobody close to the hole on No. 6, so for the second week in a row, this prize will carry over to next week. Jerry Norris picked up dual honors with the longest putt and hole on No. 8, putting it up close to the hole. Low net for the day went to Chuck Rider.

Next week, since Monday is Memorial Day, seniors will tee off at 9 a.m. on Tuesday but return to Monday tee times the following week.

Men's League

Men's League will be on Wednesdays with check-in at 6 p.m. and tee-off at 6:30.

Morning Ladies League

Morning Ladies League played on Tuesday. Seven women rushed out at 9:40 to get ahead of the eager crowd of students from the middle school. The ladies played a few different games -- high gross and high net plus low gross and low net. After everybody figured out what was going on, Charlotte Trasher came away with high gross while Jo Briscoe took home high net. Low gross went to Pat Bird and Kathy Nielsen and Jan Stenga tied for low net.

On May 28, tee-off will be at 10 a.m. followed by a business meeting and potluck. Or it could be a potluck then the business meeting.

Junior Golf

Junior Golf clinics begin on June 10. Contact Tom Walsh at the Birch Ridge Pro Shop (262-5270) for details.

The Hospice Auction and Putting Contest was a great success with 30 people competing in a variety of putting contests. Those who participated said it was lots of fun with spirited bidding. While the final figures are not available, we've been told that lots of money was raised for Hospice.

Michelob Light will be giving away weekly prizes throughout the golf season. When you sign in to play, enter your name in the drawing. The first week's winner of a wind shirt was Paul Richards. Congratulations Paul and remember to sign up for weekly prizes. You can register each and every time you play, but must be 18 or older to win.

The season is early, but we've been fortunate to be able to get out and play with the course being in great shape for early in the year. A few things to remember: replace your divots; fix your ball marks on the greens; if you're still working on improving your game let others play through; keep carts at least 30 yards from and off the greens; and if you are on the driving range remember to holler "fore" if by chance you have an errant shot.

If that's not enough to remember, when swinging keep your head down and eye on the ball.

It's easy!

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