Could we have asked for better weather for the Memorial Day weekend? Last week when I submitted the column, I never even realized the holiday weekend was upon us. The Memorial Day holiday unofficially marks the beginning of summer and officially commemorates the U.S. servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate price for our personal freedoms. I would like to thank all the past and present members of the military, as well as our local fire and police departments, for keeping us safe. Some of my favorite people are veterans.
* It's hard to believe that May has already flown by and June is here. The Kenai Golf Course is in wonderful shape. All 18 greens are in play and look fantastic for so early in the season. My better half and I walked our clubs around the course on Monday and were joined on the back nine by Keith Stasek and Jeff Johns. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. I appreciated their patience with my struggles, especially the last few holes when I began to realize that I was not up to walking 18 holes this early in the season. Thanks guys.
* The Kenai Golf Course takes a lot of work with a lot of help to make all the magic happen. I want to introduce the current staff and recognize all that hard work and effort that I suspect largely goes unappreciated. We really love you guys and appreciate all the hard work, even while complaining about the women's tee box on hole No. 6. Gordon and Debbie Griffin are the co-owners of the KGC, having taken over from the Morgan's a few years ago. The pro shop is hosted by any combination of one or more of the following: Gordon, Debbie, Mark and Lara Griffin, and Ron Goecke. The grounds crew is comprised of Dusty Culbreath, Brent and Chad Mello, Spender McAuliffe, and Willie Perkins. The specialty crew is made up of Beau Forrest (sand traps), Chris Kimball (practice facilities), Chris Murray (Roughs), and Charlie Waguespack and John Ragan. Our marshals this year are Dan Young and Dwight Kramer. Thank you all for all those jobs so very well done. You are a credit to the course and a credit to our community.
* The following ladies participated in the ladies clinic held last week: Rebecca Anderson, Janice Chumley, Hannah Delaney, Karen Delaney, Sandra Ghormley, Kate Graber, Marianne Hyman, Gwen Johnson, Clair Jones, Maritta Newgren and Janet St. Clair. Congratulations to these ladies.
* Don't forget about the Junior Clinic, scheduled for June 21 to 23 from 10 a.m. to noon each day, taught by Tommy Carver. The next ladies clinic is also June 21 to 23 and runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information about these clinics or other events, please contact the pro shop at 283-7500.
* Thank you, Jeff Belluomini, for the generous donation to the Junior Golf Program. Thanks to Ron Goecke for the new club display in the pro shop. Thank you, Mike Navarre and Arby's, for sponsoring the Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick Off Tournament with a generous donation.
* Roy Wells is on another trip Outside and we hope he comes back with another hole in one. Welcome home, Max Pate, and may the force be with you.
* General Manager's Report -- What a great week we are having at the Kenai Golf Course. Great weather with warm temperatures is just what the doctor ordered.
The greens are looking great and have filled in nicely. We are looking forward to the next four months. The course could not be in better early season condition. Next week we will continue cutting the greens down, but we are being careful to preserve the good conditions that we have.
I would like to thank and congratulate all who participated in the Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick Off Tournament. It was an outstanding event and was great to see Dick and Shirley back at the course. It reminds us all that without them we would not have the course we have today. Thank you so much for your help and continued support. We hope to see you at the course more often.
The ladies clinic this past week was a great success. Everyone had a good time and learned a lot about the game of golf. Our next ladies clinic will be held June 21 to 23. You can sign up at the clubhouse. We will have at least one clinic per month for the remainder of the season.
I would like to thank Chris Kimball for his hard work on our new practice facility. It is looking great. Chris has many plans to make it as good as possible. Beau Forrest will be working with us this year in charge of all the sand traps. Look for those areas to be in great condition throughout the year. Beau, congratulations on your victory the past weekend 73 pretty tough.
As always, see you on the course.
-- Gordon Griffin
* The seniors did not miss an opportunity to enjoy themselves on the morning of May 25. Gordon Griffin's score of 43 took the low gross honors while Chris Kimball's net 37 got him the low net title. Griffin also had the closest to the pin.
Big Thursday Men's Night was held on May 27. Lee Steadman, Mark Azzara, Eric Franklin and Kevin O'Fallen were members of the winning first-place team. On the second-place team were Tommy Carver, Charlie Kahakauwila, Jeff Johns and Mike Kebschull. Beau Forrest had the closest to the pin on No. 5 and the long drive on No. 8, while Charlie Kahakauwila had closest to the pin on No. 9.
* The Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick Off Tournament was held on Saturday. The gross champion with a 73 was Beau Forrest. The first division net winners were Doug Jung in first place with 70, Mark Griffin in second with 71 and John Dahlgren in third with 72. Second division net winners were Eddie Sibolboro in first place with a 69, Mike Kebschull in second, also with a 69, and Dana Bassel in third with 70. Eddie Sibolboro won the first place position following a sudden death playoff with a par on the first hole on No. 10.
Joe Deveaux won the closest to the pin on No. 5. Ken Liedes won on No. 9, Keith Stasek on No. 10 and Chris Murray on No. 14. Beau Forrest won the long drive. Winners of the skins in the first division, with one skin each, were Doug Jung, Beau Forrest, Jim Bradford, Truckee LeMay and Chris Murray. Skins in the second division went to Dana Bassel, Charlie Kahakauwila and Kirk Hyman with one skin each, while four skins went to Eddie Sibolboro. Congratulations.
* Get signed up now for some of the tournament action that will be happening this month: The Masonic and HEA on Saturday, June 12, Boys & Girls Club on Friday, June 18, and the Elks on Sunday, June 19. The KGA monthly event will be held on Sunday, June 20. The Brown Bears Tournament is on Saturday, June 26, and the Ladies EZPZ on Sunday, June 27.
* With tournaments, clinics and weekly league play, there's always something happening at the Kenai Golf Course. It's a great place to meet new folks or run into people you haven't seen in awhile, and personally, I can't think of many other places I would rather be than at the KGC enjoying the friendly people, the views and the weather. As someone once said, "If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball."
I will see you on the course.
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