Kenai Golf Course in full swing

Posted: Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Things are really rolling on the Kenai Golf Course with a full schedule of tournaments, weekly events, junior programs and every-day play. The course is open to the public on all days. New scheduling allows getting on the course much earlier during tournament play.

When Men's Night takes place on the front nine, the back nine is open. When the Kenai Cup matches are being played Wednesday evenings, they take up only a few tee times on the back and front. The course is open to the public, just schedule your tee time as you would any day.

Mixed Doubles

Mixed Doubles starts at 6:20 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. on Monday. Two-player teams are invited to join the event. Golfers play their own ball from tee to green, keep track of all putts and see where it puts them in the standings. There is no pressure and it is strictly for fun. Golfers have no idea how the winners will be determined until they enter the clubhouse with their scorecards.

This week's winner with the fewest combined putts for nine holes was the Buzz and Patty Rome team. The team with the fewest strokes on the "mystery hole" was the team of Terry and Charlene Johnson.

There were 10 players who took advantage of a beautiful evening on the course. The event is open to all and there is no obligation to attend each week. Just play whenever you want to join other mixed teams.

Ladies Night

The golf course is "sooooo" much friendlier this season for the ladies. Ladies are all over the course this season and they are getting out and playing. The word is out that the course's new rating is having many ladies card their best all-time scores at the Kenai Golf Course. The weekly ladies night event invites all interested ladies to play each Tuesday at 6 p.m., 6:10 p.m. and so on.

The format each week will vary depending on the golfers. If the gals want to play their own ball, best ball or scramble it will be arranged. However, the most important aspect of the evening is to just enjoy an evening of golf.

Kenai Cup

The 2003 Kenai Cup play gets under way today with tee times starting at 6 p.m. The event is a two-person team playing a nine-hole match each week. All players must have a GHIN handicap and be members of the Kenai Golf Association to participate. Many of the participants have been busy warming up and/or establishing the required handicaps. Good luck to all the 2003 Kenai Cup players.

Men's Night

The men played a regular scramble with three golfers on each team. It was the monthly Big Thursday evening of golf. There were two teams who tied for first place with 4-under. The teams included Todd Eskelin, Dwight Kramer and Billy Applewhite, who tied with EZ Hoyez, Felix Martinez and Don Wright.

The second-place team with 3-under included Bob Farrell Jr., Mark Azzara and Rene Alvarez.

Tom Allison had the closest-to-the-pin second shot on No. 7. Walt Krieger was the slugger of the week with the longest drive on No. 8.

The Shoot Out on No. 10 takes place after the regular Men's Night event each week. This week's winner was Rene Alvarez and second place went to Felix Martinez.

Junior Golf

Wednesday is the final chance for junior golfers to start the first session. The 8- to 9-year-olds start at 1 p.m., the 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds start at 2 p.m. and those 13 and older start at 3 p.m. The dates for the first session are today through Friday, June 10 to 13 and June 17 and 18. There are instructional and play days interchanged. This is a program for all levels of golfers.

Junior Golf Team practice will be from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. today, Thursday and Monday. The Junior Golf Team tryouts will be June 10, 11 and 12 with tee times running from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Practices are optional and open to anyone 17 years and younger. This is a program for experienced junior golfers.

The junior golfers making the team will participate in match play between the Birch Ridge team and the Kenai team. The matches are scheduled for July 19 to 20, July 26 to 27 and July 1 to 2. Birch Ridge juniors are the defending champions. Kenai Golf has a young and hopeful team with lots of talent according to Kenai Golf Professional Bill Engberg.

Partners Tournament Results

There was a golf tournament in which golfers played six scramble, six alternate shots and six best-ball holes with a partner. The golfers enjoyed the format, as it was a new experience for most.

The winner with low gross was the Mark Matarrese-Bill Engberg team. Second-place low gross was the Billy Applewhite-Bill Burtram team and the third-place low gross was the Ken Liedes-Tom Walsh team.

The winner with low net was the Felix Martinez-Pam Martinez team. Second-place low net was the Phil Stefanides-Pete Niemi team and the third-place low net was the Cal Larson-Mark McComsey team.

Closest to No. 5 was Bob Nelson and closest to No. 14 was Bill Engberg.

A Birdie Told Me

Well, Jerry May goes into the Kenai Golf Course Hole in One Hall of Fame once again. Jerry recently had a hole in one on No. 10. It must be one of his favorite greens as this is the second time he recorded a hole in one on No. 10. He got his first perfect shot in 2001.

Congratulations also to Gene Diamond, who recently recorded his first hole in one on No. 14 this season. Gene had just started golfing for the season when he shot the perfect shot. His name will be engraved on the Kenai Golf Course Hole in One clubhouse trophy.

Congratulations, Jerry and Gene, for a couple of great shots!

What about that Ellouise Linebarger recently carding her best nine-hole score on the Kenai Golf Course? It seems she is enjoying her golfing with that great set of clubs Terry gave her. The Linebargers are regulars at the Kenai Golf Course and yours truly enjoys watching the Linebargers enjoy themselves.

Masonic Open Golf Tournament

The 17th Annual Masonic Open Golf Tournament will take place Saturday starting at 8 a.m. The teams will be four-player teams by the luck of the draw. The teams will play an 18-hole scramble. The entry fee includes greens fees and a Cotton Moore barbecue dinner. All proceeds from the event go to the Masonic School Awards program.

Registration entries may be taken to the clubhouse, or register at 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at the clubhouse. The fee is $60 for each player.

Kenai Firefighters Association

The 13th Annual Kenai Firefighters 18-hole scramble will take place June 14. There will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. All proceeds go to the Kenai Firefighters Association to fund scholarships, fire prevention and civic functions.

The $75 entry fee includes greens fees, food, beverages, raffle tickets and the closest-to-the-hole and long-drive contests. Entry forms are at the clubhouse.

Closing Thoughts

Golf is an interesting game. It certainly has its ups and downs. It is a humbling game, too, as regular golfers find out each day. There are so many variables to the game, golfers learn from each and every shot. Just getting out on the course with others and sharing a love of a game is what it is all about. Scores carded are soon forgotten and become unimportant. A friendship cultivated on a golf course is indeed the most special part of the game!

See you on the green.

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