A special thanks

Kenai Golf Report

Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Hello, golfers. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend, and we all took a moment to remember just exactly why we observe the Memorial Day holiday. I personally thanked two of my favorite veterans, my husband Dave and dear friend Scott DeLapp, for their service and contributions. To all the other veterans I know but didn’t see or talk to, thank you for what you have done. And to all those currently serving, thank you for what you continue to do.

The recent rain was a welcome sight at my house as I am sure it was at the Kenai Golf Course and elsewhere on the peninsula. Is it just me being impatient, or does this spring seem a little late and rather slow in getting into full bloom?

It is not too late to catch the last two nights of the Women’s Golf Clinic that KGC Golf Pro Don Moock is holding at the course. The remaining sessions are on May 30-31 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. each day and the cost is $20 per session. Call 283-7500 for more information or stop by the pro shop to sign up.

A birdie told me ... Todd Eskelin had a pure eagle on hole No. 7 in the Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick-Off Tournament. Keith Stuart holed out from the sand on hole No. 18 (and contributed his success to a lesson from Don Moock). Beau Forrest had an eagle on No. 8 ?— his approach shot was from about 240 yards out and landed short of the green to the right, leaving him with about 40 yards. He chipped in for an eagle three, but Justin Hermann still won the match! Great shots!

The General Manager’s Report

As the weather improves, so does the golf course. Recent rains produced a lot of green grass. The greens are filling in as the new seed germinates and are rolling real well for this time of year. The fairways and tee boxes are in excellent condition.

Work has been completed on the back of hole No. 15. We will have a lot more playing area when the grass fills in. The work on this hole has been ongoing for the past two years and is now complete. We have started working again on hole No. 3. The new trail on the left side is complete and we started construction of the new sand trap that will take the place of the tree that used to be in front. This will give the green more sunlight and will prevent balls from going into the woods on the right side. We will also complete the cart path on the left side extending back to the tee box, making this hole a cart path only situation for motorized carts. Hole No. 5 will become a cart path only hole, as well, when construction of the cart path on the right side begins.

Our new greens mower has arrived and we are expecting our next purchase, a new fairway mower, to arrive next week, which will improve our fairway cut and allow for more flexibility. Dusty and Willy will appreciate not having to get off the tractor to adjust the gang mower which will now be the back up mower. Everyone is very excited about the equipment additions and Bill Burtram says, “It’s about time.” Well, Bill, now you have no excuse. Bill is continuing with the stump removal in back of hole No. 1, which, when complete, will create a whole new playing area. It is beginning to look very good. The flowers and plants are in place in the big round planter in front and around the No. 1 tee box, thanks to Debbie Griffin and Chad Mello. It looks really nice — good job!

This week we will complete the pro shop remodel by painting the outside. Until recently, it was just too cold to start the painting and we are looking forward to completing this project. Again, I would like to thank everyone for all the support you have shown us. See you on the course.

— Gordon Griffin

Don’s Tip of the Week — Now that you have had two to three weeks to bring your full swings into the fairway and onto the green, it’s time to focus on putting with this simple drill. On the practice green, set up a lag putting area by placing a tee in the ground at five feet, 10 feet and 20 feet away from the hole. Then putt five times from each distance. Keep track of those putts that stop inside three feet. Do this drill twice at each distance and try to improve how many get inside three feet on the send try. This will help make those second putts on the course be just an easy tap in.

— Golf Pro Don Moock

About 18 golfers turned up for the weekly Thursday Night Men’s Outing on May 24. The first-place team was Loren Smagge, Derek Crowder, Beau Forrest and Jeff (?). Joe Bryant won the long drive while Adam Ewert had closest to the pin on No. 9. This weekly event is held every Thursday evening, starting at 6 p.m. Barry Jackman is organizing Men’s Night again this year and has requested that interested players be at the pro shop by 5:45 p.m. in order to participate.

The 2007 Kenai Cup gets underway on Wednesday night, June 6. You still have time to sign up for this event as the deadline is May 31 for the entry form to be received, but if you wait much longer you are going to miss it. The entry forms are available (as are all tournament entry forms) in the pro shop and can be turned in to the pro shop. The First Annual Dick & Shirley Morgan Kick-Off Tournament was held on Saturday. The team of Todd Eskelin, Charlie Waguespack and Bob Drewes tied at -10 (wow!) with the team of Doug Haralson, Max Pate and Phil Moren. Charlie Waguespack won the chip-off on hole No. 10 for his team with a shot 12 feet left of the flag. Great shot, Charlie! The third-place team, at -9, was Derek Crowder, Mr. Banea and Chuck Ruppenthal. Closest to the pin on No. 5 was Derek Crowder; on No. 9, Chuck Ruppenthal; on No. 10, Andy Anderson; and on No. 14, Dana Bassel. John Glidden took the long drive honors. Many thanks to Keith Stuart and Ron Goecke for helping to set up for the tournament and to Wanda Carlson for the potato salad. It was nice to see Dick and Shirley at their tournament, and to hear Dick say, “I love it!”

I would like to remind tournament sponsors to PLEASE be sure to submit their results to the pro shop so that I can include them in the column. It is a really nice way to recognize the efforts of all the people that make the tournaments happen AND that participate in them, supporting the many great programs and charities that benefit.

Here are the scheduled tournaments for June: June 8 — the Boys & Girls Club; June 9 — the 21st Annual Masonic Open; June 16 — the 2007 Kenai Elks; June 17 — the KGA Members Only; June 23 — the Executive Tournament (from those brand new executive tees); and June 30 — the Rita Botelho Memorial.

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