Birch Ridge Report: School's out in time for golf

Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2002

School is out and things are starting to happen around the golf course. All the greens are open and not only looking good but putting true -- if you stroke it right.

The junior golf clinics begin on June 10 and continue the following week. Details on the junior golf clinics can be found in the Peninsula Clarion's "Just Kiddin'" or by calling Tom Walsh, the golf pro at Birch Ridge Golf Course, at 262-5270.

Senior League

Nine contestants turned out early Tuesday as the regular Tuesday Ladies were playing at 10 a.m. Here are the vitals! Don McGhee took the honors in closest to the pin on No. 6. This has been a carry-over for two weeks, so he really cashed in being 27 feet from the pin! Next in line for closest to the pin on No. 6 was Chuck Obendorf. Longest putt contest on No. 8 also is a carry-over to next week as no one made the green. Winning again with low net score for the day was Chuck Obendorf carding a great score of 32. The weather was great and the showers had the decency to wait until all of these nine-hole golfers had made the rounds.

Next week Senior League play will be back on Monday with a game commencing about 10 a.m. As the weather improves and the course is approaching great condition, we would love to see more of you folks coming out to enjoy these Monday morning escapades. See you around 9:15 or 9:30 next Monday and we will PLAY GOLF at the usual times.

Men's League

Men's League finally got some good weather. With 18 men out to play, five teams were compiled. Nothing fancy, just normal, routine golf using basic skills of long drives, great chips and good putting, placed the winning team of Kyle Hall, Dick Cockcroft, Nick Horn and Bob Sizemore in at 6-under. Helping win weekly honors was Dick Cockcroft, who was closest to the pin on No. 8. Nick Horn won the long drive on No. 1 by knocking the ball within 30 yards of the green. Bob Sizemore's sole eagle at No. 9 helped complement the team score.

Other weekly honors went to Don McKendry, who took home closest to the pin on No. 6. Men's League continues every Wednesday night with check-in at 6 p.m.

Morning Ladies League

Morning Ladies League played on Tuesday with Louise Schadle dominating the day. Louise was on the winning team, had the fewest putts and also got her ball close up to the pin on No. 6. Joining Louise on the winning team was Cheryl Hammerstrom, Kathi Nielson and Jan Stenga. Pat Bird kept her winning streak alive on hole No. 8 by getting closest to the pin. Morning Ladies League play continues every Tuesday with tee off at 10 a.m.

Couples Night

Couples Night this past Saturday was a huge success. In addition to the 10 couples that competed another 30 people showed up to say goodbye to our good friends and neighbors -- Jane, John and Jason Tongen -- who are moving to parts yet unknown but somewhere in the Minnesota-North Dakota area. Many, many thanks for the pizza and salad provided by Rob (Pizza Boy) Smithwick and Pizza Boys.

Ten couples in five foursomes competed in a four-person scramble format. The winners were June and Roy Stuckey and Barbara and Gerald Winkler with a 6-under 29 for nine holes. Unfortunately, due to late entry by the Stuckey-Winkler team, the second-place team of Al and Rhonda Dettmer and Pizza Boy and Jenny Smithwick actually took home the prize with a 4-under 31. It's early in the year so these kinks will get worked out.

The next Couple's Night is Saturday. Check-in is at 6 p.m. with tee off shortly thereafter.

Upcoming events

Upcoming tournaments include the June Scramble on June 15 and the Best/Rotary Midnight Sun Scramble on June 22.

Golf Trivia

This week's Michelob Light winner is Bill Choquette. This is the second week in a row that an Anchorage golfer has won the weekly prize. Remember when you sign in to play to enter your name in the drawing. You can register each and every time you play but must be 18 or older to win.

If you are interested in honing your golf skills or just working through some of the dust and rust that may have come about through the long winter months contact Tom Walsh at the Birch Ridge Pro Shop at 262-5270.

Many thanks to all the folks at Birch Ridge Golf Course and the individuals who co-chair various activities -- June Stuckey who co-chairs Couples Night, Bob Sizemore for organizing Men's Night and Jo Briscoe, who is the Senior League roving reporter.



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