Kenai Golf Course in full swing for summer

Kenai Golf Report

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2002

The Kenai Golf Course driving range is busy and the driving carts are running from fairway to fairway again. The course is in full swing and it appears we have another golfing season just where we prefer it, directly ahead of us.

The weather is certainly luring golfers out to the fairways. Some rain on newly spread seed and fertilizer would do a world of good. The crew has really been busy putting in some very long days getting the course in shape. The crew is doing a wonderful job on the course and the golfers are appreciating it!

I am having such a time settling down to some sort of summer routine. My deadline for this article appearing on Wednesday is Tuesday evenings by 6 p.m. and as you can tell I missed it again this week. So, if you see me out and about goofing off on Tuesdays please remind me about my deadline. I'm not making any promises, but will certainly attempt to have the Kenai Golf Report appear each Wednesday as it has for the last several years.

Since I work well under pressure I wanted to let interested readers know about my deadline. Now, there should be no excuse on my part for missing another deadline.

Start-Up Tournament

The Kenai Golf Association Start-Up Tournament brought out 44 KGA members to get the season off with a nine-hole blind draw scramble.

If you can believe the winning team was picked in a perfectly legal random blind draw, included Bill Coghill, Tom Bennett, Billy Coghill, and Bob Drewes. They won it in a chip-off between three teams who carded 2-under for the first Kenai Golf Course event of 2002.

Bill Coghill's chip garnered first place for his team with the closest chip on the ninth green.

Mixed Doubles

Mixed doubles will be each Monday with tee times from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call in your tee times. This event is very informal and the format may be switched from week to week to add some spice to it. Golfers interested in participating can play any Monday whenever they make it to the course. It is always open to all golfers of all skill levels. A "mystery hole" total score determines a winner. The duo with the fewest putts is another winner. Who knows what may be in store for the mixed doubles each Monday evening?

Kenai Cup

The Kenai Cup match play golfers may sign up for the 2002 Kenai Cup. Applications are in the clubhouse at the desk. Kenai Cup play takes place Wednesday evenings with scheduled tee times from 5:45 p.m. rotating from the front nine to the back nine.

Some matches may be played at other times when there are circumstances that make it impossible to play on a Wednesday.

These teams are two-person teams that are members of the KGA and also have current handicaps. The format is a two-person match play. That is the total score does not necessarily determine the winner. The winner in match play is determined by who wins the most holes. Match play allows the golfer to recover from that blow-up hole that seems to happen so often on the course.

Men's Night

Men's night will start at 6:30 p.m. again this year. It seemed to have worked the past season to allow those getting off work to get to the course without getting speeding tickets on the way. Call in and get on the list in case you will be late for the sign up. That way you will be on the list and the drawing can take place while you are on the way.

The format is generally a blind draw scramble. However, the format can always be altered if golfers would like to try something different. Just let someone know you would like to have the format changed every now and then.

Junior Golf

Junior Golf is getting under way with the signing up of juniors for the first session that starts on June 4 and also includes June 5, 6, 7; June 11-12; June 18-19 and June 25-26. The second session starts July 9, and also includes July 10, 11, 12; July 16-17; July 23-24 and July 30-31.

The program includes juniors from 8 years to 18 years of age. Just call the clubhouse at 283-7500 to add your junior's name to the list.

Junior Cup

The Junior Cup will have five days of try-outs. The Junior Cup is match play with juniors playing once a week at each local course. Interested golfers may try out as many days as they desire to.

Pro Bill gave yours truly a list of those dates of the try-outs but a gust of wind carried the list off on my way home. So to meet my extended deadline today I will have to ask interested juniors to call the clubhouse for the list of try-out dates. As soon as possible I will have those dates available for you at the clubhouse.

Masonic Open Golf Tournament

The annual two-day Masonic Four-Person Scramble will be on June 8 and 9. Sign up forms are on the clubhouse bulletin board. It will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The entry fee of $60 includes a Cotton Moore dinner. Mulligans will be available prior to tee time.

All proceeds from the tournament go toward the Masonic school awards program. Get your entries in to have a day of golfing and to help support a worthwhile cause.

Closing Thoughts

After many years of thinking about rafting down the Kenai River out of Cooper Landing, it finally happened for 23 of us this past Monday. Most were from the Kenai Peninsula Bed & Breakfast Association taking advantage of a beautiful day. It was really special, as the day was sunny and oh so warm. The eagles, ducks and other waterfowl put on a wonderful showing. What a trip!

If you haven't rafted down the Kenai River in Cooper Landing, I highly recommend it. I read a brochure that claimed it is for anyone 5 to 95 years of age. That convinced me to get in that raft! Be assured it won't be my last either.

Twice I have gone out to play nine holes without my putter. I practice my putting every now and then during the winter on my carpet. Talked to a couple other golfers who were on the course without their putters also. We compared notes and they too had left their putters at home in the living room. Today my putter will be back in my bag in the club storage at the course.

It is wonderful to be able to get out and actually practice putting on the greens. The days are long and wonderful for golfing!

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See you on the back nine.

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