Hole in one recorded on the sixth hole at Birch Ridge Golf Course

Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2002

I was innocently cleaning our garage when a clatter arose and I heard Pat yelling, "It's going in!"

I turned and looked at the sixth green and saw no balls near the pin and heard the yells and screams from the tee box. Pat's voice was the loudest but Tom Walsh, Mo Redford, and Buddy Crowder joined him. Derrill Weaver recorded a hole in one on No. 6. In fact, this was his second on hole six and he has also had two on No. 8.

"This is what you always try to do, but this shot we all saw and knew it was going in the hole," said Derrill. The Hole In One Plaque has a new entry but a familiar member of an exclusive club.

As a side note, Derrill was using a Ping Eye 2 along with a Callaway ball.

Senior League

Another week has literally flown by and today was another senior's golf day. Every week the group is growing. Probably because the weather is finally cooperating, we had a slightly larger group Monday -- 14 eager contenders turned out to challenge the links (and each other) for the coveted prizes.

Again, the game was low net with the two par-3 holes for the closest to the pin and the ninth hole for longest putt. On both holes 6 and 8, Dave Stein claimed the honors and longest putt was carded by Clair Schadle on the ninth. Again, not to be outdone, Louise Schadle turned in the lowest net score of 30 1/2 after shooting a great game with a gross 50.

It was decided as the group grows, we would establish a first and second place on the lowest net scores, thereby passing the laurels around a bit. We were playing on all permanent greens and all of the winter puddles have totally disappeared, which is a real treat. So, the course has weathered the winter snows and is looking greener and better every day.

Next week and for the rest of the summer, the first group will be teeing off at 9 a.m. and hopefully finishing a little earlier. Check-in time will be around 8:30 a.m. and we will be ready to play by 9. We'd enjoy having more Birch Ridge seniors join us for a great time as the summer progresses.

See you all at the golf course next Monday. Think GOLF!

Men's League

With 18 men out to play, the winning team consisted of Mike Azarra, Tony Azarra, Jay Kriner and Richard Atuk. The team carded a 6-under. Mike and Tony both contributed to the team's success by capturing long drive titles -- Mike on hole 2 and Tony on hole 6. Dennis Cork took home closest to the pin honors on hole No. 8.

Men's League continues every Wednesday night with check-in at 6 p.m.

Morning Ladies League

Ladies Morning Glories played two-person teams this past Tuesday where each team had to use four holes from each member of the team. The teams of Tanner Chenault and Jan Stenga and Lynne Reynolds and Louise Schadle tied with a team score of 43. For the second week in a row, Pat Bird picked up the closest to the pin honors on hole 8 with Paula Hite grabbing the honors on hole 6.

Morning Ladies League play continues every Tuesday with tee off at 10 a.m.

Birch Ridge Cup

Birch Ridge Cup play for both the men and ladies has gotten under way. It is too early to report any standings, but for those of you signed up to play, remember to check your schedule on when you need to play your match. We'll give you an update on how things are unfolding in future columns.


Pro-Am tournaments are played around the state throughout the golf season with Palmer Golf Course hosting the latest tournament on Monday. Birch Ridge golf pro Tom Walsh, shooting a 73 in 30 to 40 knot winds, tied with Anchorage Golf Course pro Billy Bomar.

In the team competition the Birch Ridge team of Mo Redford, Tim Walsh, Curtis Smith and John Lansing placed second behind the Anchorage Golf Course.

Former Kenai Peninsula resident and Alaska State Amateur champion Tim Walsh took second place with a low gross of 75. The next Pro-Am will be June 24 at Settlers Bay Golf Course.

Junior Golf

Junior Golf clinics begin Monday. To sign up either contact Tom at the pro phop at 262-5270 or stop by the golf course Monday morning.

The first Alaska Junior Golf Association tournament of the year will be Monday in Palmer. Local golfers who have signed up to compete include Alaska Junior Amateur champion Tony Azzara along with Joshua Lansing and Nick Horn.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming tournaments include the June Scramble on June 15 and the Best/Rotary Midnight Sun Scramble on June 22. Contact the pro shop at 262-5270 for details.

Special events include two for one every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You and a friend can play for the price of one during these times.

Tuesday is Member Guest Day where members of the Birch Ridge Golf Association can bring a guest to play at 50 percent of regular greens fees.

Golf Trivia

This week's Michelob Light winner is Mike Andrus, who won a set of Pilsner glasses. Congratulations Mike. When you sign in remember to sign up for the free weekly drawing sponsored by Michelob.

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