Way to go, Joe

Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2001

This past Monday, Joe Blanchard was playing golf with his son Jacob and two local Birch Ridge residents, Duke Mattison and Dave Keating. Joe hits a horrendous drive on hole No. 4, the 495-yard par 5.

When the group finally gets to Joe's tee shot, Joe is 78 yards from the fourth green.

Inquiring minds visiting the Pro Shop want to know: Did he eagle the hole?

Congratulations Joe on a spectacular drive!

Junior Program

The junior golf program at Birch Ridge kicks off next Monday. Tom Walsh, Birch Ridge's Head Pro, will direct and supervise the junior program. For details on the sessions, cost, and skill levels contact Tom at 262-5270.

The first junior tournament hosted by the Alaska Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is Monday at Palmer Golf Course. Details on this and other junior tournaments can be found at the AJGA Web site at www.alaskajuniorgolf.org.

Junior golfers interested in the June 18 tournament at Settler's Bay Golf Course need to get their entries into AJGA by Monday.

The US KidsGolf Junior World Championships Alaska Qualifier will be held June 19 at Palmer Golf Course. Young golfers, ages 12 and under, will compete in the Alaska Qualifier for their chance to represent Alaska in the second annual US KidsGolf Junior World Championships!

Winners will travel to Jekyll Island, Georgia to compete at the Jr. World Championships August 3-5. Contact Tom or Pat at the Pro Shop at 262-5270 for details.

Senior League

Sixteen master seniors showed up this past bright and sunny Tuesday. Looking for changes of pace, the name of the game was "Odd holes only -- back 9." The game was played with half of the handicap subtracted from the four holes.

Dave Stein prevailed as "Top Gun", followed closely (one stroke difference) by Richard Atuk and Don McKendry, who tied for second, giving Dave a good run for his money.

Unfortunately, the wealth was not spread around too well as Dave also captured closest to the pin on hole No. 6 with Don McKendry taking the honors on the eighth hole while Richard Atuk sunk the longest putt on the fifth hole.

Besides the game, the seniors have changed the check-in time. We are now scheduled for a 9 o'clock tee time with an 8:30 - 8:45 a.m. check-in time. Get there early to sign up for all of these new innovative games.

Tuesday Morning Glories

Pat Bird dominated Tuesday Morning Glories. Pat took home honors with closest to on No. 8 as well as low gross with a sizzling 44. Pat must have been inspired by her teammates of Jan Stenga, Kathi Nielsen, and Louise Schadle. This illustrious group of women teamed together shooting a 41 to take home low team score for the week.

Men's Night

Pat Cowan, Dave Stein, Mike Hollingsworth and Todd Plumhoff teamed up to shoot a 6-under at Men's Night on May 30. Bob Sizemore topped thirty-one players in garnering both long drive and closest on No. 8. Roy Stuckey nuzzled his tee shot up close on No. 6 to take home the honors.

Couples Night

Couples Night started with a bang this year. Saturday, 20 couples gathered to enjoy a round of scotch doubles (both players tee off, pick the best drive and then alternate shots until they sink the putt).

Linda and Dan Murphy were victorious in garnering this year's first couple's night with a sizzling 43 -- great teamwork!

A chip-off for second and third place took place with Rob "Pizza Boy" Smithwick nuzzling his chip in closest to the pin for second place with Judy and Tom Walsh taking third. Closest to the pin honors went to Jason Elson on No. 6 and Doug Marshall almost recorded the first hole in one of the year to get closest on No. 8.

Couples Night kicks off with dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. tee off.

Upcoming Tournaments

The busy tournament season will kick off with the June Scramble on the June 16, sponsored by the Birch Ridge Golf Association. This will be followed on June 23 by the Best/Rotary Midnight Scramble.

Contact the Pro Shop at 262-5270 to sign up or for further details.

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