Birch Ridge Report: Those sweet sounds of summer

Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2003

Sounds you hear in the summer: "tweet," "woof-woof" (OK, that's what it sounds like to me), "Honey, the lawn needs mowing again," "Thwack," "*?#@!," "Fore!"

If you don't know what the last three sounds are, you probably read this article because of the cute chick at the top.

If not, then read on.

The ol' seniors showed up Monday at their usual 9 a.m. tee time here at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Gordon Briscoe delighted all with closest to the pin on hole No. 6. Chuck Obendorf did the same for hole No. 8.

Tuesday Morning Ladies have been whooping it up early, too.

This week's winning low gross team was made up of Barb Vaccariello, Pat Bird, Pat Schmidt and Wendy Boyce.

Closest to the pin on hole No. 6 was the ever-gracious Myrna Cowan, while agile Dee Richards won a much-coveted prize for scoring the most sixes in a game. (Yes, you read that right.)

Next week, the seniors and Tuesday Morning Ladies are going to join forces for a potluck.

Sounds like fun ... you should join them.

Rob Smithwick (I called him Pizza Boy before I found out he had a first name) again proved his worth with a pure birdie on Wednesday's Men's Night.

Mark Baker punched the air with the long drive, while Don McGhee and Guy Hayes were "closest to" on hole Nos. 6 and 8, respectively.

A chip-off for third place was won by team member Brian Bixby. (Does well under pressure, huh?)

Don't forget the second annual Altman Rogers Kenai Peninsula Charity Golf Tournament here at Birch Ridge this Saturday.

Sign up before it's too late. Check-in is at 7 a.m., while tee-off is at 8 a.m.

An additional event this Saturday: Our own masterly and all-around top-drawer golf pro Tom Walsh will be holding a clinic this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to help us all-around, top-drawer duffers chip, putt and swing correctly.

He'll do that at $20 a person, and answer any questions we may have regarding etiquette and those ambiguous golf rules, such as, "How many strokes is too many?" and, "Am I allowed to throw more than one club at a time?"

If you think you might need to be at the clinic, you need to be at the clinic.

Hurry, hurry, hurry! Get your team signed up for the June Scramble.

It's coming June 14. Time's a-wastin'.

One more time: Junior clinics start Monday for two weeks. Sign up now.

For those advanced players competing in the Alaska State Junior Golf Association Tournaments (you know who you are), please check in with Tom Walsh for private instruction.

Well, the sun's shining, the birds are, you know, tweeting, and my lawn definitely needs mowing. I think I'll head out for nine.

Thwack... "*?@#!"

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