Greens still look brown

Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Kenai Golf Course has the regulars back golfing. The crew has been busy begging the grass to grow and green up. The fairways are extremely thirsty and in need of a downpour.

The rain has missed the Kenai Golf Course the last couple times when both Nikiski and Soldotna got a good soaking. The nightly watering crew has been pouring it on.

Junior Golf

There are openings for the junior golf program. All juniors 8 to 18 are welcome to participate. Each session meets 10 days for skills and to play. The first session will meet June 4 through 6, June 11 through 13, June 18 through 20 and June 25.

Juniors will be in age or skill-level groups. Call the pro shop at Kenai Golf Course at 283-7500 for more information.

The 8- and 9-year-olds meet at 2 p.m. on scheduled days, the 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds meet at 3 p.m. and 13 and up meets at 4 p.m. The advanced group meets at 1 p.m.

Peninsula Junior Cup

This summer the first-ever Twin Cities Junior Golf Cup matches will start. The matches will be played between juniors from Birch Ridge Golf Course and Kenai Golf Course.

The idea for the cup is to give juniors the opportunity to compete without having to travel around the state. The hope is to raise the level of play at both courses while having fun in the spirit of the game of golf.

Matches will follow the Ryder Cup format with nine-hole matches involving both individual play and partners. There will be four dates in June and two in July. Play will be at Birch Ridge on Thursdays and Kenai Golf Course on Fridays.

Teams will consist of six boys and two girls 17 years of age and under. Tryouts for the Kenai squad will be on June 7 and 8 in the afternoon at Kenai.

Please contact Birch Ridge for information concerning their squad.

Horse Race

This Thursday's Men's Night will be a "horse race." Men's night tee times start at 6:30 p.m. This event is interesting, indeed. It seems I'll have to experience it first-hand to be able to explain it to my readers. Call pro Bill Engberg at 283-7500 for more information.

Men's Night

Two teams with 2-under had a chip-off to settle the placing. The chip of Walt Krieger earned his team first place. His team included Jerry Norris, Ron Goecke and Ryan Townsend.

The team of Roy Bird, EZ Hoyez, Don Ramsey and Dwight Tachick finished second.

Closest to No. 9 was Ramsey with 19 feet, 2 inches. Closest to No. 5 was Kirk Hyman with 5-4.

Slugger of the week was Richard Martin on No. 4. Hoyez carded a "pure birdie" on No. 3. A "pure birdie" is when a golfer gets the birdie alone while playing in a four-person scramble.

Hole in one

The first hole in one of the 2001 season was carded on No. 10 by Jerry May. Congratulations on a super shot.

Jerry used his wedge as his golfing buddies looked on in amazement. The shot had to be verified with binoculars from the clubhouse before the foursome actually went to the green.

The dance Jerry did when he picked his ball up out of the cup gave us no doubt back at the clubhouse that the first hole in one of the year was in the books.

Coed Golf

The regular coed golfers that show up each Monday evening are inviting all interested golfers to call in and sign up for the 6:30 p.m., 6:40 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. tee times marked for coed golf. It's no pressure, golf just for fun is the purpose of the evening.

Kenai Cup

The Kenai Cup matches are played each Wednesday. The committee is looking for more teams to get into the competition. Sign up at the desk. All Kenai Cup players must be Kenai Golf Association members. The match play will begin soon.

Final thoughts

The course is in tough shape from the bizarre winter we had. It is still so wonderful to be out on the course. We can't forget this is Alaska and there is nothing we can do about the weather.

The greens are browns right now, but the putting surface is the same for each golfer. There is still no excuse for blaming the greens for three and four putts. One of the golfers shot a 35 a few days ago. Smile! We're golfing!!

See you on the fairway.

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