Kenai golf report: Kenai Cup starts today

Posted: Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. With the many activities available (attending events honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, fishing, clam digging, gardening, golf), there was something for everyone.

Cliff and I spent a part of every day getting out on the course despite the rain showers. The mosquitoes were especially plentiful and friendly. If they would work as team, they could have carried off the golf balls. Let's hope those critters don't hang around all summer. I do remember summers when they did, but not in the past few years.

On Monday, I attended the Memorial Day program held at Leif Hansen Memorial Park. There were many in attendance and the speakers had some very thoughtful words to share. It is good to have this day to remember that the freedoms we enjoy have a price.


Kenai Cup starts today at 6 p.m. The course is ready and we hope you are too. As of now, 15 teams are signed up.

Ladies Day starts on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. We are trying a different time and hope many ladies will be interested. Please come and bring a friend.

Masonic Scramble is on Saturday.

Shot of the Week

On No. 1, Dale Sandahl is 170 yards out. With the wind helping, Dale pulls out the driver and boom, one hop and in the hole for an eagle. Great shot Dale! When you see him be sure to congratulate him and I'm going to ask him what tips he is willing to share on how to get that eagle.

Coed Night

May 23 was the first night. Unfortunately not many attended. I talked to David Ramsey and he said he and his wife, Shelley, took all the honors. They were the only ones to participate.

Tee times are set aside every Monday beginning at 6 p.m. Just call the golf course to sign up. Let's see some more coed teams out there. It is great fun!

Men's Night

Twenty-one men participated in the blind-draw scramble. The first-place team was Ron Stafford, Gary Brumley and Cal Larson. Second place went to the team of Bill Fletcher, Ray Ivanof and Rich Edwards and third place went to the team of Gordon Griffin, Jerry Norris and Jack Evans.

Closest to the pin went to Billy Applewhite on No. 5 at 8 feet, 7 inches, and Jerry Norris on No. 9 at 23-6. Kenny Loecher had the very longest drive on No. 4.

Bill Fletcher gets a big thank you for helping with the men's night. The staff appreciates it.

And the quote of the night goes to Billy Applewhite, "You have to be in position to choke." He choked.

General Manager Gordon Griffin's Report

The golf course is improving daily. Greens are really looking good and the putting is more consistent. We will continue to lower the greens on a gradual basis. We fertilized the greens on May 27 and Brian Ehlers, our superintendent, tells me that we will see an even bigger difference real soon. Yea! Check out the new growth on our new tee boxes.

Next week, or when we get enough rain, we will fertilize the fairways. Brian and crew will be glued to a mower after that.

Tommy Carver will be building steps on our raised tee boxes for better access. Harold Flood, Charles Black, Jerry Norris and Jack Keck will be most happy about that.

Come and join us on the course. We are excited about this year and we want to share that excitement with you. See you soon.

Thank you

Many thanks to Jerry Carlson for all his help to get the course ready for play and to George from Small Engine Repair on K-Beach. Special thanks to Gary Gabbett and Rob Gowdy for their attention to detail and for keeping water on our greens and tee boxes. Gary's special project this year is to keep the hills green on holes Nos. 1 and 2. Good luck!

Person of the Week

Ron Wilson, a regular at the course during the week, is noted for his great attitude, love of golf and his ability to make everyone smile.

Kenai Golf Association Notes

The next KGA board meeting will be on June 14 at 6 p.m. at Paradisos. Members are invited to attend.

The first KGA event will be June 19. Tee times will begin at 12:30 p.m. The format will be individual handicap stroke play. Sign up by June 17. Entry forms are available at the desk. There is no entry fee.

Weekly Quote

"May all your putts find the cup, may your drives find the fairways, may your chips hit the mark and may your days on the course be enjoyable." Rita Botelho, July 12, 2000.

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