Birch Ridge report

Nothing to sneeze at here

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2005

Have you noticed the vast majority of people around you coughing and sneezing? Have you noticed a particularly attractive specimen of womanhood at the market or the post office clearing her throat and blowing her nose? Well, yes, that's me and that's why you haven't seen me on the golf course making my normal winning shots. In fact, I think I've blown my sense of humor out onto my hanky. But as soon as I get better, I'm going to be out there with the best of them and the following just better watch out.

The gentlemen of Men's Night had quite the competition this last week out. Tony Azzara and his teammates Roy Bird, Mo Redford, and Greg Harrington came in with a 9-under game, a course record. Second placers Darrel Jelsma, Mike Azzara, Kevin O'Fallon, and Gary Brumley didn't fare too badly with a 5-under score; third-place team members Mike Hollingsworth, Gary Davis, Sig Casiano, and Brian Wadorek broke 4-under. Bob Sizemore and Brian Wadorek impressed all for closest-to on holes six and eight, respectively. Long drive and pure birdie winner congrats goes to Tony Azzara.

Our Thursday Ladies of the Evening are headed by Jeri Best this year. Great things are in store, so get out there. June 4-11 is National Women's Golf Week. Pro Tom Walsh has offered a golf clinic for Thursday's Ladies on June 9. A pot luck and three-hole scramble is in the offering. Give Jeri a call at 262-7492 to sign up. Don't sell yourself short or think you can't improve. Metaphorically speaking, golf is like dance lessons: In the beginning you may have two left feet (I started with three); but the more time spent on the dance floor, that simple box step you started with turns into a smooth and graceful waltz, I guarantee. Note the following:

Donna Franzmann scored her own hole-in-one on 130-yard hole eight. Women ruled, too, in Birch Ridge's 32nd Anniversary Par 3 Tournament last Saturday. All four closest to the pin contests were women-won. Tanya Boedeker, hole two; Chiya Bazan, hole seven; Sharon Keating, hole 11; and, Jan Stenga, hole 17. The winning team members with a 3-under score were Judy Christiansen, Myrna Cowan, and Dan Murphy; second placers with 2-under were Sharon Keating, Guy Hayes, and Pat Cowan.

Monday's seniors' total of 18 players saw Roger Jones take first place with Buster Gunn following closely behind for second. Mr. Gunn also won closest-to on hole six, Gordon Brisco for hole eight.

Chiya Bazan garnered majority winnings for Tuesday Ladies with closest-to on hole six, low gross, and low net. Pat Schmitz's long drive on hole six prevailed.

Both Ladies' and Men's Birch Ridge Cups begin this week. My partner and I have just been putting off the inevitable; we've decided to just go ahead and win this year. (Omigod my sense of humor is back!)

June promises once again to be another busy month here at Birch Ridge. Junior Golf and Hook-a-Kid-on-Golf both begin the week of June 6. Our June Scramble is scheduled for June 11, with the Best/Rotary Midnight Scramble coming up on June 18. The fifth Annual BRGA Junior Golf Tournament is slated for June 23, followed on June 25 and 26 with the Peninsula Amateur Tournament. More info in future articles.

Mark Twain said golf is a good walk spoiled. Don't believe it take a cart.

See you on the front nine!

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