Kenai Golf Report: Putting keeps on improving

Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2002

T he Kenai Golf Course crew is really doing a great job with the course. The greens are filling in and the putting is great and improving each day. It is a very pleasant surprise to have the greens in the shape they are in now. Things are really looking up at the course and the golfers are happy.

Mixed Doubles

The regular mixed doubles is looking for mixed teams that want to enjoy a night on the course each Monday with tee times starting at 6:30 p.m. The play is a no-pressure event and features a "mystery hole."

This week the team taking the event with the "mystery hole" was the team of Eddie and Teresa Sibolboro. In second place was the team of Buzz and Patty Rome.

Each mixed doubles golfer plays his or her own ball from tee to green. Getting in the winner's circle has a few twists to keep the event fun and to take off any pressure golfers may have. The event is strictly for fun and efforts are taken to have it be just that.

Ladies Night

The regular ladies night has been on hold for the last couple of Tuesdays. The ladies, however, are finding the new course layout friendlier than ever for them. They are looking to get the ladies Tuesday evening of golfing going again. There is a sign-up sheet at the desk to find out how much interest there is in getting it going. If you are interested, just call the pro shop and have your name added to the list.

All interested ladies are encouraged to show up at the course by 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday evenings to draw the teams and to get started at 6 p.m. The format is open to whatever the golfers prefer. The event will be aimed at the golfers' interests. Some may want to play their own ball and others may want to have the scramble format. No matter what your skill level, you are invited to play.

Kenai Cup

Kenai Cup play will get started June 12 instead of today as originally planned. Some teams were not signed up early enough for the scheduling and more teams are invited to play in the match-play event.

The past several years every effort has been made to have golfers become more aware of the importance of entering their scores in a timely manner. To keep handicaps current, golfers are encouraged to enter scores in the computer as soon as possible after play. The handicap system works well only when ALL scores are entered after golfing. The committee is taking steps to ensure golfers are entering ALL scores no matter what the score may be.

Kenai Cup play starts at 6 p.m. on the back and front nine each Wednesday. Get your partner and sign up. There is a list of subs on the bulletin board just in case you may have to miss a couple of matches when you get diverted from the course.

Men's Night

The team of Joe Riddle, Mark McComsey, Richard Martin and Noel Widmayer finished with a 3-under to take the Thursday evening event. Richard Martin had an incredible second shot to set up the eagle putt for his team.

The team of Cliff Smith, John Davis, John Anderson and Mark Azzara carded a 2-under to take second place in the weekly event.

Closest to the pin on No. 5 was Dan Cabrera with 27 feet, 12 inch. Closest to the pin on No. 9 was John Davis with 6 feet, 7 inches. The longest drive went to Keith Stuart on No. 6 with his brand-spanking new driver.

No "pure birdies" were carded so it will be a carry-over for this week.

Junior Golf

The first session of junior golf started Tuesday and runs for four weeks with 10 sessions. There are five instructional sessions and five play days. The second session starts July 9. All interested juniors are encouraged to sign up in the clubhouse. Any junior 8 to 18 years of age may participate.

Golf Clinic

There will be a beginners and intermediate golf clinic Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. The full-swing basics, grip and stance, posture and balance will be covered. The clinic will be $20 per golfer. Golf pro Bill Engberg is instructing the golfers.

The clinic is a great chance to get started with your golfing or to improve your game. Call the pro shop and get your name on the list.

Golf Equipment

Golfers with any equipment sitting around the house gathering dust or just taking up space can do something about it. Go to and check out the "for sale" section to list your equipment. Just e-mail your list of whatever you have for sale and it will be posted on the site.

Golfers viewing the site have requested more clubs and equipment to be listed, so there is interest in purchasing used golfing equipment. The Web site is a great way to get your no-longer-needed equipment into the hands of a golfer who wants and needs them.

Also, dig up those sets of outgrown junior clubs that are sitting around and donate them to the junior program. The need for junior clubs is rising with the interest in junior golf. The juniors will certainly appreciate the use of the clubs. Most juniors outgrow their clubs too fast and those sets of clubs to get juniors started are great for all concerned.

Divots and Ball Marks

Golfers are reminded to please repair their divots and ball marks. There are many new golfers who have no idea about the importance of repairing divots and ball marks. There also are seasoned golfers who choose to walk past them. Let's remind ourselves to repair marks and divots.

Let's show those golfers who may not know how important it is to repair divots and ball marks. Unattended ball marks on the green cause the grass to die and brown spots will be visible. The greens are looking so wonderful and filling in so well.

The divots are unsightly and the grass also dies with each unattended divot. Let's all do our part in keeping our greens and course in the best shape possible. Thank you for your time and concern regarding this very important matter. The grounds crew is working very hard on getting the course in as great a shape as possible and all golfers can do their part, too.

Masonic Tournament

There is still time to sign up for the Masonic Scramble Saturday and Sunday. The format is an 18-hole, two-day blind draw scramble. It is for a good cause and there will be food, fun and laughter.

Closing Thoughts

Mark your calendar as the Kenai River Festival is coming up Saturday and Sunday. It is a wonderful event that grows each year. There will be music all day, craft booths, and all sorts of food and activities pertaining to the Kenai River for the youngsters.

Our long days will allow us to take in the festival and still get to the golf course to get in some golfing. We all share an interest and enjoyment in the game of golfing. It is so special to rekindle our mutual interest in the game after a long winter away from the course. Yours truly feels extremely fortunate to be sharing an interest in such a great activity!

See you on the practice green.

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