Kenai Golf Report: Grandparents share their love of golf with the next generation

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What a great week this has been -- wonderful weather and a lot of opportunities for golfing at the Kenai Golf Course. My better half and I had the pleasure of taking our 8-year-old grandson, Levi Rosin, to the KGC for some quality bonding time on the driving range and practice green. Levi's knowledge of golf, other than that of the miniature variety, came solely from his beloved video games and occasionally watching the professionals on TV with his papa. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the excitement on his face when he connected with the ball. Watching him watch some of the other folks on the driving range was priceless -- especially the young man who was easily hitting the balls to the end of the range. I will never forget the look on Levi's face as he watched the balls sail down the driving range, bouncing off the back net. It was an afternoon to be treasured and one of many more I hope to come.

Thank you Dwight Kramer for all your help and for being a great marshal. Bill Burtram would like to say hello to everyone. I know we all wish him the best and hope he continues to get well and we see him back at the course real soon.

Interested golfers should sign up now for the Atigun Cup Season Points Race. The upcoming Dick & Shirley Morgan Kick Off Tournament is the first qualifying tournament for this season-long event. Give the pro shop a call at 283-7500, or stop by and sign up.

* General Manager's Report -- What a difference a week has made. Rain and a little sunshine are really greening things up. The greens are in great early season shape. We are on all 18 greens and most are full and greening up. We have cut the greens long twice. Now it is time to lower the mower for a closer cut and follow up with fertilizer.

Major projects have been completed around hole Nos. 2, 7 and 11. We will get a lot more sunlight on those greens. Chris Kimball continues to do a great job on our new practice area. Thank you Chris for all your hard work.

The low area on No. 18 has been raised and is looking good. It will be playable in about a week. Good job Dusty and Willy.

In the near future, we will begin working on No. 5. When we are finished, more sunlight will be able to get to that green. When that is complete, we will start working on No. 17.

The back of No. 9 has been re-seeded and new top soil added. This will improve the play on that hole when you hit it a little long. Thank you Chris Kimball for taking care of that area. Thank you Jerry Norris for your continued work on our trails and to Dwight Kramer for repairing or replacing all our stakes on the course and for his work on the trails. He also does a great job as one of our marshals. Thank you to both Truckee LeMay and Mark Griffin for taking care of a couple of downed trees. As you can see, we are continuing to improve our course each and every month. We will continue this process throughout the year.

As always, see you on the course.

-- Gordon Griffin

* The seniors strutted their stuff last Tuesday morning. Jerry Norris had the low gross while Chris Kimball and Greg Anderson tied for low net.

* The Ladies Clinic, which was held this week, was full with 16 participants. The next clinic for interested ladies will be held June 21-23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Also scheduled for June 21-23 is the first of the Junior Clinics, which lasts from 10 a.m. to noon and will be taught by Tommy Carver. The next Junior Clinic will be held June 29 through July 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call the pro shop for more information about either of these clinics or to get your name on the list. The Hook-a-Kid-on-Golf Program will run from June 7-11, from 10 a.m. to noon daily.

* The Men's League will get off the ground Thursday with a Big Thursday to start things off. The guys tee off at 6 p.m., so please try to be at the pro shop by 5:45 p.m. to get signed up, or call ahead to get your name on the list. Also to look forward to this week is the Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick Off Tournament on Saturday. Tee times begin at 10 a.m. with check in at the pro shop beginning at 9 a.m. The tournament entry fee is $50.

The pro shop and tournament organizers would appreciate interested participants signing up no later than 6 p.m. the day before. This is not a hard and fast rule, though, and the Kenai Golf Course always tries to accommodate everyone, but it sure makes the planning and organization a lot easier. I would like to remind tournament sponsors to please, please, please provide the results of your tournaments (first, second and third place winners, long drive and closest to winners, and any other interesting information) to the pro shop so as to be included in future columns. It is a very nice way to recognize the support of the golfers who are participating in these events and the sponsors as well. And for those of us who don't normally play in tournaments, it allows us to stay current on all the news from the KGC.

* June tournaments are as follows: The Masonic and HEA on Saturday, June 12, Boys & Girls Club on Friday, June 18 and the Elks on Saturday, June 19. The KGA Monthly Event will be held on Sunday, June 20. The Brown Bears Tournament is on Saturday, June 26, and the Ladies EZPZ is on Sunday, June 27.

Get out and take those clubs for a walk or a ride and enjoy some quality time chasing that little white ball down the fairway. You know I will be there and I will see you on the course.

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