Birch Ridge Golf Report

Wet, wild goings-on at course

Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2007

Birch Ridge Golf Course has been described in many ways (wonderful, friendly, challenging, to name just a few) but this past week the words that come to mind are “wet and wild.”

Wet — for the obvious reason — the much-needed rain to help turn the course my favorite color (green). Even with the cooler temperatures, the greens are really starting to take shape along with the rest of the course. And although summer is a little late making an appearance this year, it hasn’t dampened the golfing spirit at Birch Ridge.

Wild — describes the wildlife inhabiting Birch Ridge the last couple of weeks. No, I’m not referring to our golfers (some of whom may certainly fit that description). Mama Moose and her little babies have taken up residence around the course. Just ask owner Pat Cowan if moose have the right of way. As one eyewitness reported, “I’ve never seen Pat move that fast.” Playing near the pond on hole No. 2, Pat was seen running for cover behind the nearest tree to avoid colliding with Mama Moose.

Parents, is your child the next Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam? Are you looking for a great activity for your 8- to 17-year-old boy or girl? Why not sign them up for Junior Golf next week, June 11 to 15, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Birch Ridge Golf Association, the cost to the participant is $50 each and $25 for each additional child from the same family. Included in the fee will be a snack each day, great prizes and a tournament on Friday, with a barbecue to follow.

This marks the 14th year for our Junior Golf Program and it has produced extraordinary results. Many of our graduates are either in college or have graduated from college, having played on college teams. Some are now engaged in the golf business as a golf pro or in other aspects of the business. Why not sign up your kids now by calling the pro shop at 262-5270 and see what golf can add to your child’s life.

The June Scramble is just around the corner (June 16), so put your four-person team together and sign up by noon on June 15. Entry fee is $60 per person plus $26 for greens fee (season ticket holders are exempt from greens fee). There is a Calcutta/barbecue on Friday at 6:30 p.m. with awards and barbecue on Saturday following the tournament.

The Second Annual Rally for a Cure tournament is this Sunday and we are happy to report that it looks like there will be a full field of 72. If you missed signing up, please give Sharon Keating a call at 262-9195 to get your name on a waiting list in case of a cancellation. The response has been overwhelming and very much appreciated (another testimony to the generous spirit of our golfing community). And although we’re hoping for sunshine, even if it is “wet,” it will still be a “wild” time for the ladies in pink on Sunday.

The Wednesday Night Men’s League last week had six players with Gary Effenbeck posting the low net of 31. Roy Bird was closest to the hole on both holes Nos. 6 and 8 and Gary Davis had the longest drive. They are looking for more golfers, so come on out and play.

Seniors on Monday this week had 16 golfers with a three-way tie for low net of 31 (Gary Effenbeck, George Collum and Steve Hammarstrom). Closest to the hole on No. 6 was Tanya Boedeker and Chuck Obendorf was closest to the hole on No. 8. Gary Effenbeck also had the longest putt.

The Tuesday Morning Ladies had 11 golfers. One report was that the weather kept changing (sun, clouds, wind, calm, cool, warm ...) but that didn’t seem to faze the team of Myrna Cowan, Janet St. Clair, Diane Mersch and Kathy Herring. With a birdie on No. 6 by Myrna (her drive being within 10 inches of the hole) and the low net score of 30 posted by Janet, it’s no wonder they came in first. The mystery hole was won by Diane Mersch.

It was just another “wild” night for the Tuesday Night Couples, thanks to the outrageous game concocted by John and Jane Tongen called “Bump Exchange.” My husband Dave and I, along with our playing partners Jim and Kim Webb, were the last to make it back into the clubhouse long after the other 11 couples were warming up. But taking the extra time to apply all that strategy needed for this crazy game must have paid off since Dave and I posted the second-lowest net score (29) and Jim and Kim came in third with a net 30. Of course that doesn’t explain how Al and Rhonda Dettmer came in first with a 26 since they made it back in much earlier. (I guess it was less strategy and more good golf shots.) Dennis and Janae Cork came in fourth after a card-off with a five-way tie at 33. At least we didn’t get “wet.”

“TOM’S TIP FOR THE WEEK” will return next week with more words of wisdom from golf pro Tom Walsh. This week he is dedicating his time to our “Hook a Kid on Golf Program.”

SHARON’S THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Golf at Birch Ridge may sometimes be a little “wet” and in my case almost always “wild,” but there’s no doubt it is a wonderful way to spend a day (or night this time of year). Just remember to always let Mama Moose and her little ones “play through.”

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