Kenai Golf Report

Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hello, golfers and happy belated Memorial Day. I must take a moment to thank all the men and women currently serving and the veterans, all of whom have done their part in preserving our freedoms and the freedoms of those less fortunate, and to send a prayer of thanks to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us.

If this was not the best Memorial Day weekend in a long time, I don't know what was and I am just as pleased as can be that the rain that was forecast decided to be a no-show! I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing weekend; if the traffic was any indication, the folks that weren't at the Kenai Golf Course were on their way to Clam Gulch, Hidden Lake, the Caribou Hills or any of the other great places on the Kenai Peninsula to take advantage of the long weekend, beautiful weather and great clamming tides.

Since quite a bit of my weekend was spent at the Kenai Golf Course, I can assure you I enjoyed myself, along with my very favorite veteran, my husband of almost 26 years and definitely the better half of this partnership, Dave. We played our first round of the year on Monday and thoroughly enjoyed being back out on the course.

We were pleased to make the acquaintance of one of the newest additions to the staff at the Kenai Golf Course, Mark Griffin, enjoying a very pleasant chat with him on the deck at the pro shop following a tough session on the driving range and practice green. Welcome home, Mark, and very welcome to the Kenai Golf Course.

I would also like to welcome another new addition to the Kenai Golf Course staff, Rich Lundahl, our new teaching professional. Rich enjoys the best of both worlds, spending his winters in Arizona and his summers in our beautiful state. He also has the distinction of holding the course record of 66, which was set several years ago in the Kenai Chrysler Open!

I know that everyone at the course is excited about this addition to the staff and even Gordon plans on lessons and joins me in welcoming him to our course and our community. Please call 283-7500 if you would be interested in lessons; with golf scores like that, I am pretty sure most anyone could benefit from his expertise.

Our best wishes go out to Don Moock. Thank you, Don, for your many contributions to the Kenai Golf Course.

Ladies, don't forget that the beginning clinics started this week and will continue in June, July and August with intermediate clinics scheduled for June and July. The first beginning clinic this week was a sellout so get your name on the list for the upcoming sessions. The beginning junior clinics will start next month with two sessions scheduled in June and a final session to follow in July. All clinics are $50 per session and class size is limited.

Our first tournament, on Saturday, is the Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick Off Tournament and is the first event in the Atigun Season Points Race. Check-in is at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start on Saturday. Whenever possible, tournament chairs appreciate timely sign-up in order to properly plan the events so interested golfers are encouraged to sign up before Saturday. There's something happening almost every day of the week at the KGC with the seniors meeting on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. and the ladies making their presence felt on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and again on Thursdays at noon. The Kenai Cup will be getting under way on Wednesday evenings and the Men's League will be meeting on Thursday evenings. Anyone interested in participating in any of these events should contact 283-7500 for more information. Jerry Norris is the contact person for the seniors, Gary Katsion for the Kenai Cup, Brenda Ahlberg for the ladies, and Bob Sizemore for the men. As if all of this wasn't enough to choose from, a new event has been scheduled for 6 p.m. every Monday night - the "Skins Game," which has a $25.00 participation fee.

A birdie told me - Bob Sizemore had a great eagle the other day on No. 8. Derek Kaufmann had a great eagle on No. 4, but someone was heard to wonder what happened to the rest of his round? And to Mark Griffin, good try -- one of these days you'll beat your old man!

If you would be interested in participating in the Walker Cup this year, please contact Gordon Griffin, the captain.

The General Manager's Report -- As we move into another golf season on the Kenai, I would like to encourage everyone to play all the courses in the area. They are all unique and very special in their own ways. Sometimes one course is in better condition, depending on the weather and other conditions beyond our control, but one thing is for certain. All three work very hard to get their course in the best possible condition. Play each course as often as possible because without your support all those efforts would be for naught. I want to thank everyone who has commented on our efforts on the Kenai Golf Course. Your support and helpful suggestions have been an inspiration to me and my family. I would like to thank Ron Goecke for all his hard work and dedication to the course. He has been an inspiration to me from the start. Thank you, Dusty and Willy, for all your hard work this week. Thank you, and welcome to our newest marshall, Dwight Kramer.

You know, everyone has a very special person in their life and for me that person is my wife, Debbie. Thank you, honey, for all that you have done. Although we could use some rain, the course is in great condition. The greens continue to improve each day. We should be able to commence playing on No. 14 green this week as well as utilizing the lower half of the green on No. 16. As usual, No. 14 will turn out to be one of our better greens and No. 16 is also drying out nicely.

The new practice area has been cut and sand has been hauled to the course for the practice sand traps, and will finally be completed this week. Work has begun around the green on No. 3. Some trees have to be removed and topsoil hauled into those areas to smooth everything out. I am really looking forward to the completion of this new project so I can move on the next! See you on the course!

- Gordon Griffin

The first group of ladies got together on Thursday. Mary Armstrong shot low gross, Kathy Heus had the closest to the pin on No. 5 while Lynda Dahlgren had the long drive on No. 2. Traci Davis had the fewest putts and Maggie Riley won the mystery hole.

As fast as May has gone, if you are not careful you might just miss the whole summer. You know what a busy time this is so come on out to the Kenai Golf Course and get signed up for some of those great tournaments or clinics that are scheduled all through the summer. I will see you at the Kenai Golf Course! Oh, and just one last thing before I go, Gordon Ron - do not touch that mixing valve!



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