In full swing

Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Hey there, golfers! We have to be very, very careful what we ask for -- we got some rain, now we need some more sunshine to really put that rain to work. Everything around me is greening up -- the leaves on the trees are fully green and unfurled, the lawn really needs mowed and the Kenai Golf Course is looking marvelous.

There are so many activities at the course, I hardly know where to start. There is something happening almost every day with the "Skins Game" on Monday nights, Seniors' golfing on Tuesday mornings, Kenai Cup starting soon on Wednesday evenings, the ladies on Tuesday evenings and Thursdays at noon followed by the men on Thursday evening to say nothing of all the clinics and tournaments! The first of the Junior Clinics started this week and will be followed by another from June 15-17 and again in July. Another beginning ladies clinic is scheduled for June 22-25, followed by an intermediate clinic scheduled on June 29-30. The clinics fill up fast so be sure to call the pro shop at 283-7500 and get your name on the list if you are interested in participating. Anyone interested in participating in any of the weekly events should contact the pro shop for more information or stop by and visit with the friendly staff.

Interested golfers should be sure to sign up for the Atigun Season Points Race in order to start earning points when participating in qualifying tournaments.

A birdie told me -- A couple of stalwart individuals braved the rain last week to enjoy a round of golf -- Mr. McCoy and Mr. Engebretson (I cannot say I understand the whole golfing in the rain thing; as if I needed any more challenge in my game)! Retirement must be agreeing with Dan Irmen as evidenced by the great round he had in the tournament last weekend. Great job, Dan, keep up the good work! John Dahlgren had a great hole on No. 18 the other day and Derek Kaufman had a pure eagle on No. 3 on Big Thursday. Way to go, guys, and what an awesome way to start the season.

The General Manager's Report -- I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Dick & Shirley Morgan Kickoff Tournament on Saturday. It was nice to see Dick and Shirley at the course again and they continue to be an inspiration to us all. Thank you to everyone who helped with the tournament. This past week saw the golf course green up a great deal. It's amazing what a little rain will do. With the rain, we fertilized all the tee boxes and fairways. Willie and Dusty were "wet puppies" when that day was over. The new practice facility also got a fresh dose of fertilizer. What a nice facility that is turning out to be.

The first ladies clinic was held last week and was a big success. Thank you, ladies, for all your hard work. Now to the practice range! Work has begun around hole No. 3, removing stumps and a few trees that are too close to the green and causing problems. Top soil will be hauled into that area and reshaped to form a natural looking bowl toward the green. This will really improve the area and allow more sunlight to get to the green. This project should be completed in about a month and work will commence on major improvements around the green on hole No. 12.

I would like to thank everyone for a great start to another golf season. Your support and helpful suggestions are very much appreciated. As always, see you on the course!

- Gordon Griffin

The Senior League got started with a bang, thanks to Jerry Norris, on May 26. Andy Anderson took low net while Rich Edwards had low gross. Jesse Wade took the closest to the pin on hole No. 5 and birdies were recorded by Jerry Norris and Rich Edwards. Andy Anderson was seen dancing off the green on hole No. 9. Perhaps in celebration of his low net score?

Big Thursday on May 28 got the season started for the men. The winning team of Bob Sizemore, Gary Brumley, Derek Kaufman and Cliff Baker came in at 4-under. Lorne Smagge, Jeff Bierman, Daniel Irmen and Richard Martin took second with 3-under. Jeff Gillman had the closest to the pin on hole No. 5 and Charlie Kahakauwila took the honors on hole No. 9. Lorne Smagge had the long drive on hole No. 8 and Derek Kaufman had that sweet pure eagle on hole No. 3.

The Dick & Shirley Morgan Kickoff Tournament was held on Saturday. The gross champion for the event was Chris Morin with a 78. The First Division results were: Eddie Sibolboro was the net champion with a 71, Jesse Wade took second place and John Dahlgren third. Notable gross scores include Jim Bradford's 80, and Jesse Wade, John Dalgren and Gordon Griffin all shooting an 81. This was obviously a very closely contested tournament.

In the Second Division, Dan Irmen was the net champion with a 66, Rudy Zumbrowski took second place with a 67 and Cliff Baker had third with a 68. More notable net scores in the Second Division were Charlie Waguespack with a 72; Mark Griffin, Truckee LeMay and Chuck Rupenthal all with a 73; and Andy Anderson with a 75.

Skins in the First Division went to Rich Edwards, Jim Bradford and John Dahlgren. Second-Division skins went to Rudy Zumbrowski, Chuck Rupenthal and Truckee LeMay.

The tournament schedule for June looks to be pretty hectic -- the ladies only EZPZ is on Sunday at 2 p.m. This is a nine-hole scramble with a $10 entry fee and promises to be great fun. The Masonic is the following Saturday, June 13 with the Boys & Girls Club on Friday, June 19, the Elks on Saturday, June 20, the KGA Monthly Event on Sunday, June 21 and the Rita Botelho on Saturday, June 27. For more information on these tournaments or other upcoming events, please call the pro shop or visit the Web site at It's coming down to crunch time again, that decision-making process that occurs every year during the summer -- do I go golfing or do I go fishing? Whatever it is you do and wherever it is you do it, be safe! As for me, I will be at the Kenai Golf Course and hope to see you there.

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