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Birch Ridge Golf Report: 24 youngsters learn the basics of golf at Birch Ridge Golf Course

Posted: Thursday, June 03, 2010

"Hook a Kid on Golf" is underway with 24 kids partaking in a program that teaches the basics of golf and allows students to continue with their golf education. The program is free and is sponsored by the Birch Ridge Golf Association and the Boys and Girls Club. The 24 junior golfers were selected by lottery from 47 applicants. There have been a few golfers that began playing at Birch Ridge at a young age and today work in the golf industry. Chances are there is one in the program underway this week.

* Monday marks the beginning of the Birch Ridge Golf Association's Junior Golf Clinic. Since beginning in 1993, the program has produced many excellent golfers and a few state junior amateur champions. It is great to see young golfers out on the course.

* Senior League had a mixed bag of weather with cloudy, breezy, a nice temperature and no bugs. It was a good day on the golf course for the 17 that showed up. Any day on the golf course is a good day. Steve Hammarstrom and John Davis had the best round and split the pot for low net of 31. John also found his ball up close on No. 6, putting his tee shot within 7 feet, 8 inches of the hole. Gary Tanghe took No. 8 at 13 feet, 10 inches, while Don McGhee had the longest putt on No. 9 at a staggering 25 feet.

Seniors will once again meet at 9 a.m. on Monday's until further notice.

* Tuesday Morning Ladies League saw a few chip ins and the return of Chiya Bazan to the morning festivities. Glad to have you back Chiya. Tuesday showed that taking time off from golf did not affect Chiya's game as she teamed up with Tanya Boedeker, Cheryl Hammarstrom and Kathy Herring to take two team honors, winning both low gross for the odd-numbered hole and low gross for the even-numbered hole. Chiya also had a great tee shot on No. 6, putting her ball closest to the hole. Her teammate, Tanya Boedeker, had the longest putt.

Sharing in the morning accolades were Diane Mersch and Shirley Johnsrud, who both had chip ins. Congratulations ladies. These wonderful highlights are what continue to bring us back to the game and challenge ourselves to do it again. And again.

* Tuesday Couples Night continues to be exceptionally popular as well as great fun. Fourteen couples took on the "Trifecta" last week with three holes as a scramble, three as alternate shots and three Scotch double. Taking home the champion's crown were Myrna and Pat Cowan. Second and third place were decided in a card off with Sally and Del Hoagland taking second place while Sally and Steve Tachick were third. Again there was a card off to determine fourth place with Linda and John Dahlgren squeezing out Susan and Darell Jelsma. Couples night is great fun both on the golf course as well as afterwards with great food and friendship at Pat's Place.

* Today's free golf lessons class is full but another three-week series is being offered. If you are a beginner or novice and would like to sign up for the June 24 to July 8 series, contact the pro shop at 262-5270. These classes are offered by the course pro's Tom Walsh and Bill Engberg.

* The 32nd Annual June Scramble is just around the corner. It will be held next Saturday, June 12. We will see if Steve Dexheimer can team up with his young guns to once again win the June Scramble. Last year Steve teamed up with Justin Herrmann, B. K. Kaiser and Brittany Bomar to take Division 1. Division 2 was won by of Eddie Sibolboro, Loren Smagge, Rudy Zaborowski and Mandy Hanson. If you sign up and pay early, you have the advantage in that you can pick your tee box from where to begin play.

* Thank you to Dave Stein and Carolyn Schaefer for coordinating this year's match play. Carolyn has taken charge of putting together the schedule for Ladies Birch Ridge Cup with Dave handling the Men's Birch Ridge Cup.

* Tip of the Week: compliments of Erin Bell, PGA Assistant Pro.

-- Putting Basics: "The simpler I make things, the better I play."

-- Nancy Lopez

* Have your eyes directly over the ball

* Place the ball forward in your stance

* Keep body movement limited and swing with your shoulders in a pendulum motion

* Be sure to accelerate through the putt

* Your feet, shoulders, hips and clubface should all be square to your target

* This Week's Events (please check in at least 15 minutes prior to the time shown below):

Monday's -- Senior League, 9 a.m.; Tuesday's -- Tuesday Morning Ladies League, 10 a.m.; Tuesday's -- Couple's Night, 6 p.m.; Wednesday's -- Men's Night, 6 p.m.; Thursday's -- Ladies Night, 6 p.m.

* Upcoming Events:

Saturday, June 12 -- June Scramble; Thursday, June 17 -- Birch Ridge Golf Association Junior Golf Tournament (Ages 8 -17); Sunday, June 27 -- Pink Ribbon Rally for Breast Cancer

Birch Ridge Golf Course can be reached by calling 262-5270 or visit the web site at www.birchridgegolf.com.



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