Kenai Golf Report: Course conditions are prime

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Mixed Doubles

Mixed Doubles takes place each Monday at 6:30 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. All skill levels are invited to join the event. All season pass holders need not pay greens fees for the event. It is just a no-pressure way to have mixed teams enjoy the game with others.

Ladies Night

Ladies Night will be on Tuesday evenings with tee times at 6 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. All skill levels are invited. There are so many ladies out on the golf course enjoying golfing these days.

The course is playing friendlier than ever for ladies with the new rating and tee placements. Several more holes are now reachable in regulation for a larger number of ladies. Several ladies this season have shot their best scores this far on the Kenai Golf Course.

Kenai Cup

Kenai Cup gets under way June 4. The schedule of tee times will be posted in the clubhouse as soon as the teams have all been assigned times.

The Kenai Cup players can be seen out on the fairways and on the practice green establishing handicaps before play starts and getting their game ready for the weekly nine-hole match play competition. There are slots open for more teams.

Men's Night

The Men's Night Red-White-Blue competition took place this past week. The five-man teams played from the first three holes from the red tees, second three holes from the white tees and the last three holes from the blue tees. Participants got an idea how several holes are played by others from various tees.

The scramble team that took first place with 7-under included Billy Applewhite, Richard Martin, Bob Reilly, John Overway and Norton Dablemont.

The scramble team that took second place with 6-under included Jerry Norris, Rob Smithwick, Dennis Cork, Al Hull and Brad Stephens.

The weekly Thursday evening Shoot Out, or closest-to-the-pin, competition on No. 10 had many trying their shots. Bobby Farrell Jr. took first place with a great shot. Lefty Ken Liedes took second place.

Junior Golf

Call the clubhouse to sign up juniors who are interested in getting started or honing up their golfing skills. The first session starts Tuesday.

Juniors from 8 to 17 years old are invited to participate in the sessions this summer. Each session includes five instructions and five play days. The $50 fee includes all range balls, clubs and greens fees. It is a great way to get juniors involved in the game.

Several junior golfers are already participating in a caddy program at the Kenai Golf Course. The participants presently are juniors who are quite interested in golfing and spend many hours at the Kenai Golf Course. Some of the juniors caddying are Kegan Kiel, Dean Howell, Beau Forrest and Zach Beeson.

Upcoming events

Saturday, a Partner's Game will take place. Two-golfer teams sign up to participate at the clubhouse. Six holes will be played as a scramble, six holes will be best ball and six holes will be scotch doubles. Get a partner and sign up to play.

Tee times start at 8 a.m. The fee is $15 per person, plus greens fees. Premium pass holders' greens fees are covered with season passes. So, all premium pass holders pay only $15 to participate in the Partners' Game tournament. The deadline for entry is Friday at 6 p.m.

A Birdie Told Me

Imagine having a hole in one on No. 11? Well, a regular Kenai Golf Course golfer did just that this season. Jeff Johns hit his No. 11 tee shot and it went in the cup on the No. 12 green. Now that is some shot, if indeed he was heading for it. However, as most know, he had other plans for that shot. Thanks for the unique shot!

A golfer recently had one of those days most golfers only dream of. Mark Matarrese shot a 33 on the front nine. He had three birdies and all pars. He ended up with a 73 for the round. That was quite a day! Congratulations, Mark, for an incredible round!

Heard a good one from a couple of Homer golfers. It is true and really happened. A Homer golfer known for having fits and throwing his clubs was trying out a new putter in the clubhouse. One of his golfing buddies said, "You should take the putter outside and throw it around and see how you like it."

Closing Thoughts

Kenai Golf Course is busy as golfers take advantage of the long season we are experiencing. Imagine, golfers have already had over a month of golfing. We thank the crew for working so hard in getting the course in such great condition.

See all sorts of golf news at The site includes a tournament schedule, junior events, tourney rules, state events, golf links, course memories, Kenai Golf Association news, course Hole in One Hall of Fame and more.

See you on the front nine.

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