Golfers acquire new equipment, tell same old stories

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2000

The Kenai Golf Course is in full swing, the golfers are happy to be out there on the fairway.

I enjoy listening to the golfers' discussions about their new clubs, shoes and bags. Each is hoping their newly acquired equipment will help their game and bring down their scores and handicap.

Spirits are high this time of year, with all the anticipation of better scores, longer and straighter drives, on-target putts, closer chips and the possibility of shaving a few strokes off the handicap.

Men's Night

Men's night got underway at 6 p.m. with the weekly team drawing. The luck of the draw gets you on a team, and there is always excitement as the numbers are drawn.

However, I have noticed how important the blend of players is. It's how they react to each other and how they play together that mostly gets a team into the clubhouse with below par scores.

Taking first place with 4-under-par for the nine- hole scramble were Cal Larson, Dan Kirsch, Loren Smagge and Ken Williams. There were three teams at 3-under, and since the evening was a little chilly the guys decided to flip a coin to see who was taking home the bacon. The team with the lucky flip included Felix Martinez, Dan Williams, and Stan Miller and Bob Sizemore.

Closest to the pin on No. 9 was Luis Rosano; closest to No. 5 was Mark McComsey.

There has been some discussion about changing the starting time for men's night from 6 to 6:30 pm. The change would give many guys a chance to get here on time after work.

The petition is in the clubhouse and your input is needed to decide the best starting time for men's night. Naturally, the time with the most votes will be used as the starting time for this season.

During men's night the back nine is always open for regular play.

Ladies Night

Ladies night gets under way on June 6. Tee-off time will be 6 p.m. The luck of the draw determines the teams and remember, it's a night out on the course for the ladies to enjoy themselves.

The newcomers may play with the friend who brought them. All skill levels are invited to play, whether you are a teaching golf pro or whether you are just getting started. Awards will be presented each night, including closest to the pin, and door prizes too. The back nine is always open for regular play during ladies night.

Junior Golf

The junior golf program is open to juniors from 8 to 18 years of age. The program is open to junior golfers of all levels, and each participant will be placed in the appropriate age and skill group.

The program will start on June 5 and offers five hours of instruction and five playing dates.

Call the course for more information at 283-7500.

Hole In One

Dan Meeks was playing in the Thursday night men's scramble with three partners.

On the third hole Dan's team had a safe shot so he decided to go for the green.

Dan attempted to hit his tee shot over the trees to the No. 3 green. Dan's ball hit a tree, bounced on the No. 5 green, rolled up to the pin and dropped in as four startled golfers on the fifth green watched in astonishment.

The golfers all yelled, "hole in one."

What a shame to have that hole in one go to waste, but keep in mind that the intended hole is the one that counts and a hole in one on the wrong green doesn't get your name on the Hole In One clubhouse trophy.

We loved your shot, Dan, and that shot will not be forgotten.

Co-ed Golf

Co-ed golf will start on June 5. The regular tee times start at 6:20, 6:30, 6:40, 6:50 and 7 p.m. Couples or teams may sign up over the phone to have their names added to the tee times each week.

The night is a relaxed night of golf and the format may change slightly from night to night.

There was much interest last year and the participants mentioned having the event again this year. We are hoping to have a good turnout once again. This event is just for fun and the emphasis is not on low scores but on how much fun the golfers have out on the golf course.

Get together with your partner and join the co-ed golf each Monday evening.

The practice green is always there to help with your putting and the driving range is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

See you real soon on the fairway at the Kenai Golf Course.

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