Bird Homestead Golf Report: Greens get good beginning

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2010

Bird Homestead Golf Course is off to a great start in the 2010 golfing season. Larry Hamilton and his crew have been focusing on the greens and I must say they are looking very nice for this time of the season. The tee boxes are beautiful and the fairways are looking pretty good too. Jeff Gillman has been thinning some trees in between some of the fairways and it has opened up so much. Each year we work on improving and I think we are making some great progress.

We have had two men's night rounds. The first night had 17 entries and the guys had a great time. Steve Tachick took the long drive for the evening and Terry Johnson managed to land closest to the pin on No. 8. Trevor Hordemann took pure birdie.

This last Tuesday we had 17 entries again and it was a very exciting finish to the evening when we had a chip-off between Greg Harrington and Roy Bird. Greg put his ball about 15 feet from the cup and Roy came along and put his ball about 6 feet inside of Greg's.

The first-place team consisted of Roy Bird, Chantz Gillman and Frank Keener. Congratulations guys. Bruce Skolnick took the long drive and the pot is still growing for the guy who can land closest to the pin on No. 6. We have plenty of room for you men who would like to come join us Tuesday nights at 6:30. Come on out guys and have some fun in the sun.

Our first lady's night had seven entries. Us girls had a beautiful evening with the sun shining bright all night. We used "George" as our eighth and the girls decided "George" could have stayed home. Amanda Bird had the longest drive of the night and the pots grow on Nos. 6 and 8. We played as a blind draw scramble with the winning team of Pat Bird, Dottie Hackett, Amanda Bird and Marilyn Eskelin triumphing by one stroke. We welcome any ladies who would like to come and have some fun with us on Monday nights at 6.

The first seniors day (referred to as seniors plus) had six entries. They played their own game less handicap. Dan Hackett won the longest putt, Dave Kimura landed closest to the pin on No. 8 and Daryl Jelsma on No. 6. The winning team was Daryl Jelsma, Dave Kimura and Dottie Hackett. This Wednesday morning play is open to anyone who may want to come and play a round with friends and neighbors. So grab your clubs and join the rest of the crew on Wednesday mornings at 10.

The Bird Homestead Golf Association met Sunday discussing upcoming events and beautification projects for the golf course. They took advantage of the nice weather and had a mini-tournament after the meeting.

They are getting ready to start the Bird Cup on June 1. They currently have 15 teams and anyone who may be interested can contact the Bird Homestead Golf Course for more information. The association is also in search of a couple sets of youth left-hand clubs. Dave Kimura is going to lead a free youth program three weekends in June and three weekends in July. Keep your eyes posted for more information on this program.

The Funny River Quilters are getting ready to kick off their seventh annual golf tournament. It will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. on June 19. Entry forms are available at the clubhouse. This is an 18-hole, blind-draw scramble. The proceeds from this tournament are used to purchase quilting supplies to make quilts for those in need.

The quilters have donated quilts to new babies and moms at Central Peninsula Hospital, The Heritage House, ABC Birthing Center and this year they have added the Veterans of Foreign Wars for returning veterans. This just lists a few of the places these beautiful quilts are used. Come sign up and join the fun. Open to men and women, young or old.

This is a list of the upcoming tournaments for Bird Homestead Golf Course:

June 19 -- seventh annual Funny River Quilters Benefit Golf Tournament; June 27 -- Bird Homestead Golf Association String Tournament; July 10 -- 15th Annual Peninsula Moose Lodge Scholarship Golf Classic; July 11 -- 4th Annual Stanley Ford Golf Tournament/Kenai Peninsula Food Bank; Aug. 7 -- Orphanage Tournament; Aug. 22 -- Bird Birthday Tournament; Aug. 28 -- seventh Annual Fall Classic; Sept. 12 -- Annual Bird Homestead and Birch Ridge Golf Association Combined; Late September -- Annual Glow Ball Tournament.

Come see us at Mile 11.8 Funny River Road seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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