Kenai golf report

Fairer fairways, greener greens

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Another week and the golf just keeps getting better, that is to say the course keeps getting better. I was out several times this past week and each time the greens and fairways had more green on them. The improvement after the one day of rain was remarkable.

Dave and Shelley Ramsey golfed in the rain on Saturday. Shelley said, "We played 18 holes in the rain today — while the weather was miserable we didn't complain too much since we had a great excuse for all the bad shots that were hit and besides, we know that the rain is a blessing all the way around."

Just goes to show that golf can be good at any time and in any conditions.

Two 75s posted

In case you haven't heard, Gordon Griffin shot a 75 two weeks ago. And then on Sunday, Beau Forrest also shot a 75. Is that great or what? What will they shoot when the course is in excellent shape? Be sure to congratulate them when you see them.

Men's Night

Thirty-two men participated in the first men's night of the season, a par-3 scramble event. All enjoyed the chili and hot dogs provided by course management. Ken Liedes was the winner of the closest-to-the-pin on No. 10 competition. He won a $50 gift certificate donated by the Kenai Golf Course.

Two teams tied for first place with a score of 2-under par. The team of Gordon Griffin, Larry Grant, Charlie Kahakauwila and Dana Bassel won first place by winning the putt-off. The team of Cal Larson, Dwight Kramer, Bob Stamer and Clayton Dolan took second place, and the team of Ray Ivanoff, Rich Edwards, Beau Forrest and Mr. Hosser placed third with a score of 1-under par.

Other winners were Beau Forrest, closest to the pin on No. 16, and Clayton Dolan, closest to the pin on No. 18.

Ladies tee boxes and water coolers

Work has begun on the ladies tee boxes. Ground has been placed, leveled and seeded on No. 1. This week work will begin on No. 7. Gordon says, "Our goal this year is to have all ladies tee boxes raised and leveled." We may not be able to use them this year, but by next season they will be in top condition.

The water coolers were mentioned last week, but since making it around the course and seeing them firsthand, it is nice to see the addition of water on No. 4 and on No. 15 tee boxes. Ladies, you don't have to go out of your way now to get a drink on any of the holes.

Coed Night

Monday was the first coed night. There were a few who turned out for it, but the details were not available before the deadline for this issue. Watch for next week's report.

General Manger's Report

As mentioned earlier, the course improves daily. The greens are in great shape. All have been seeded and watering continues daily. The greens are currently cut at 11/32 and will be cut to 8/32 this week.

The No. 10 tee box has been completed and seeded, and the cart path on No. 15 has been leveled with gravel, which is a big improvement for this area.

Our new two-man dry range tee has been installed. Mr. Moock is now ready to give computerized lessons. Stop and take a look.

Special thanks the super sensational grounds crew: Brian Ehlers, Ronnie Kier and Dusty Calberth. They are doing a superb job.

Gordon invites any comments or suggestions from all as the goal is to have satisfied and happy golfers at the Kenai Golf Course.

Junior Golf

If you would be willing to help with our Junior Golf program, please contact Don or Gordon at 283-7500. Junior golf clinics will be starting soon:

n June 13-17 — 8-,9-, and 10-year-olds (Gordon Griffin).

n June 13-17 — 10-,11-,12-year-olds (Don Moock).

n June 24-24 — 13 and older, advanced clinic (Don Moock).

n July 11-15 — Hook a Kid on Golf clinic (Don Moock and Gordon Griffin).


Kenai Cup competition begins June 1 at 6 p.m. Registration must in by Friday.

Ladies Golf is June 2 at 12:30 p.m. Bring a friend!

The Masonic Scramble is June 4.

Weekly Quote

"It is the constant and undying hope for improvement that makes golf so exquisitely worth playing."

— Bernard Darwin, from "Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul"

Thinking of Rita, she would have agreed. As Rita would say, "See you on the fairways."

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