Kenai Golf Report: Teeing off

Posted: Wednesday, June 04, 2008

How's it swinging, golfers? It is hard to believe that May has already screamed by and we are into the first week of June. The year is half over and I haven't even worked out the kinks in my swing -- as if I ever did!

For those of you who are familiar with the Kenai Golf Course, you will have noticed the new set of tees on all the holes. The purple tees are for super-seniors -- intended for those 65-and-older. However, any golfer can play from any tee that they wish.

Don't forget to call the pro shop by noon every Monday to schedule your tee time for the Couple's Golf get-together. Scheduled to begin this past Monday, it will be interesting to see if any hardy souls showed up given the rain and cool temperatures (I was home writing my article -- that's my story and I'm sticking to it). John and Linda Dahlgren extend a warm welcome to any interested couples to come out and meet the group and get involved. Organized by Jerry Norris and scheduled to start June 10 is the new Senior Shootout Program for those golfers 55-and-over. A nine-hole variable format will be played every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Gordon Griffin and Tommy Carver will be hosting another Ladies' Clinic which will run from June 24-27. This class is almost full, so call 283-7500 if you are interested in participating. Additional classes are planned for July and August. Don Moock will be hosting a Juniors' Clinic from June 23-26. More details on both clinics will be forthcoming or call the pro shop for more information.

The KGA Board of Directors will be holding a meeting on Friday at 6 p.m. at the KGC pro shop. Interested members are always welcome to attend. If you haven't yet joined the Kenai Golf Association, here's an opportunity to attend the meeting and see what it's all about. Many thanks are due to Jerry Norris for his continuing work on the cart paths at the course. A big thank you goes out to Willie Perkins for his hard work and dedication to the Kenai Golf Course. He might be able to get some rest now that the entire crew is back. Thanks also to Dana Bassel for his donation of sod for the new senior tee box on hole No. 1. And last but not least, many thanks to Max Pate and Bill Davis for their support on a "special project."

A birdie told me -- After Max Pate hit a shot into the woods, Gene Granath was overhead saying, "That was a thing of rare and intense beauty." I wonder if that was before or after the "special project?"

General Manager's Report -- I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Second Annual Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick-Off Tournament. A lot of fun was had by all. The following tournaments are scheduled for June -- Boys and Girls Club, Friday, June 13; the Masonic, Saturday, June 14; the Elk's, Saturday, June 21; the KGA Monthly Event, Sunday, June 22; the Red Cross, Saturday, June 28, and Rita's Tournament on Sunday, June 29. Please call 283-7500 if you are interested in participating in any of the upcoming events and remember that the KGA event and Rita's Tournament count towards the KGA Season Points Race.

As the weather gets warmer, everything is getting greener and the greens are filling in nicely. During the next week, all greens will be verti-cut as well as overseeded. This will help to speed up the process. We are now playing on all 18 greens. No. 14 is always the last to come around, but is definitely worth waiting for.

I would like to thank everyone, again, for all their support and encouraging words about all the new projects that are in process. See you on the course.

-- Gordon Griffin

Quite a group of guys got together for their weekly event on Thursday night. The first-place team of Beau Forrest, Kegan Kiel and Bob Sizemore won out over the second-place team of Justin Herman, Tim Taylor and Dan Cabrera, followed closely by the third-place team of Jeff Gillman, Rich Hermann and Paul Zimmerman. Forrest won the long drive while Gillman took the closest to the pin on hole No. 5.

The Second Annual Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick Off Tournament was held on Saturday. Dick and Shirley attended the festivities and everyone was very pleased to see them. Doug Jung was the gross champion with a score of 79. In the First Division, first place net was won by Doug Harrelson with Charlie Kahakauwila taking second place and Jim Bradford in third place following a playoff with Rich Edwards. In the Second Division, Jeff Johns came in first, followed by Andy Hanson in second and Mike Beals in third. In the Ladies Division, Rachelle Brehm took first place with Brenda Ahlberg in second. Jung captured the long drive on hole No. 2. Joe Deveaux had the closest to the pin on hole No. 5, Jack Evans on hole No. 9 and Jesse Wade on hole Nos. 10 and 14. Congratulations!

With his victory in the Kick-Off Tournament, Jung takes an early lead in the Gross Division in the KGA Season Points Race with Tom Carver in second and Sizemore in third. Johns holds the lead in the First Flight with Harrelson and Beals in second and third, respectively. A full listing of the standings is available in the pro shop.

Well folks, have a safe and productive week doing whichever of the myriad of summertime chores and hobbies we all have to choose from. But be sure to make some time to get out to the KGC and tune-up that swing, practice your putting or simply get out and play a round and enjoy that beautiful course. I will see you there.

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