Kenai Golf Report: Tourney schedule rolling

Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2005

This Friday is the 14th annual Boys and Girls Club Golf Classic. Registration and continental breakfast are from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. Many people have been working hard to get ready for this very popular and worthwhile tournament.

Other tournaments in June are Kenai Elks on June 18, Our Lady of Angels nine-hole scramble on June 24 and Kenai Head Start Scramble on June 25.

Ladies Day

On Thursday, those who attended enjoyed the first Ladies Day. The weather was just right sunny and a little wind to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Judy Salo took the prize for low scratch score and for the fewest putts. Kathy Heus got closest to the pin on No. 5 on the second shot (next week we hope to get on in one shot). The next Ladies Day is Thursday. Do come and join us. We play our own game and prizes are awarded for a variety of "accomplishments."

Kenai Cup Results

The first night of the Kenai Cup resulted in wins by the following teams: Cliff Squared (Cliff Baker and Cliff Smith); A & W (Tom Allison and Noel Widmayer); Stuart/Bassel (Keith Stuart and Dana Bassel); Mulligans (Tom Reese and Greg Duggin); Two Divots (Spence Devito and John Dahlgren); Jung/ Nunamaker (Doug Jung and Paul Nunamaker; OFG (Tom Bennett and Chris Sonnichsen).

Kenai Masonic Golf Tournament

Saturday was a beautiful day for golf. All who played in the Masonic Golf Tournament had a great time.

First-place winners were Charles Waguespack, Tom Carver, John Oberts and Lori McComsey. Second-place winners were Fred Angleton, Rodney Young, Jack Evans and Paula Crowley. The team of Paul Morrison, Clif Vaught and Kurt Wellang took third place and the team of Art Merrow, Geoffry Clark, Ed Marsh and Mark Grieger finished in fourth place.

Other winners included Clif Vaught for the longest drive for men, Paula Crowley for the longest drive for women, Kevin Myers was closest to the center of the circle and Clif Vaught was closest to the line.

Men's Night

Thursday evening 23 men participated in another blind draw scramble. Once again a chip-off was necessary to determine the first-, second- and third-place teams. Two teams had scores of 3-under par and two teams had scores of 2-under par. The team of Peter Kim, Jerry Norris, Richard Martin and Gary Kanakis won the chip-off for first place. Greg Harrington, Billy Applewhite, Felix Martinez and Mr. Staffer took second place. The team of Gordon Griffin, John Bani, Cal Larson and Sig Caseno won the chip-off to take third place.

Billy Applewhite took honors for closest to the pin on No. 9 and on No. 5. "Way to go Billy!" Clif Vaught had the longest drive on No. 4.

Coed Golf

A rather disappointing showing Monday with only two teams, but what a beautiful evening no rain while we golfed!

Don and Jan Irwin and Dave and Shelley Ramsey enjoyed a leisurely round of golf, and it was a great evening to take the clubs for a walk!

Dave and Shelley took the winnings by having the lowest combined score after deducting their combined score on No. 5 from their combined scores on Nos. 4 and 7!

We just about needed a calculator to figure this one out and I'm still not sure if I should be embarrassed that we won (much less how I played!).

Players of all skill levels are welcome. The only criteria are that the team is composed of a man and a woman. So get your team together and meet us on Monday nights, tee times starting at 6 p.m.

Computerized Golf Swing Evaluation

Don Moock, the golf professional at the course, has a computerized system that analyzes a person's swing. When the evaluation is complete (after numerous swings of the club), the information enables Don to more accurately help a golfer with club selection and swing adjustments. He says it is particularly good for golfers who have a strong interest in improving their games. I'm wondering if it would help me to hit the ball in the direction that I want the ball to go. I know he can tell me what I should do, but could I, would I do it? Guess I will ask him about that.

A reminder: for club repairs and new grips, Don is the man to see.

General Manager Gordon Griffin's Report

Many thanks to Carol Morgan and Don Moock for giving our pro shop an exciting new look. Also, thanks to Max Pate for getting started on our electrical project in the shop and to our snack bar staff, Allison Larson, manager, and Ed Aisenbrey. They have done an excellent job.

Rain! Baby! Rain! The fertilizer is going down! The course continues to improve. See you on the course.

Shot of the week

Honors go to Billy Applewhite this week for a terrific shot on No. 10. Using a pitching wedge, he put the ball 1 inch from the cup. Can't get much closer and not have a hole in one. Congratulations, Billy!

Junior Golf

Junior golfers, take advantage of the lessons offered at the Kenai Golf Course. Mark these dates on your calendars:

n June 13-17, 10 a.m.-noon, 8-,9- and 10-year-olds;

n June 13-17, 1-3 p.m., 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds;

n June 20-24, 1-3 p.m., Advanced (13 years and older).

KGA Reminders

The Kenai Golf Association board meeting is at Paradisos Tuesday at 6 p.m. Members are welcome. A KGA members-only golf event is slated for June 19. Sign up at the course.

Weekly Quote

"Golf puts a man's character on the anvil and his richest qualities patience, poise and restraint to the flame." Billy Casper (From "Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul").

I'm sure all of us have found this to be true at some time in playing golf.

As Rita would say, "See you on the fairways."

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