Wanted: sunshine

Bird Homestead Golf Report

Posted: Friday, June 08, 2007

You know what they say about May showers bringing June flowers. We have the flowers planted, now we’re just waiting on the sunshine and warmth.

Hello and welcome once again to another weekly saga alongside the fairways at the Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road.

The bears are back at the driving range. Looks as though they wintered alright, and are ready to be a target for you if you are feeling lucky enough to hit one of them. I am not sure I would want to make one mad enough to leave their daily bath, but with the way I have been hitting, there isn’t much chance of that.

Since you last heard from me we have had a very busy week. Couples night was Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. There were four couples, two teams of two. Jackie Risch and Doug Cather decided on a best ball format. Pat Bird, Dave Kimura, Marty Radvansky and his sweet wife Claudia teed off first and showed us the way. Allen and Rhonda Dettmer, Doug Cather and Jackie Risch followed shortly after. After a brutal game (no favor from the Golf Gods) we all limped in with our pride shattered and found that Allen and Rhonda Dettmer took first place and Pat Bird and Dave Kimura took second. Long drive for the men was taken by Allen Dettmer, and long drive for the women was Jackie Risch (that woman can drive a ball). Closest to on No. 6 was given to Rhonda Dettmer and closest to on No. 8 carried over until the next week. It was a bit windy and cool but everyone had a great time, asking me to please encourage more people to join us. So plan on Friday evenings, tee time 6 p.m. Doug and Jackie will mix it up and keep us guessing on what we will be doing.

Ladies night was brutal. Nothing more to say about that! Six woman out to battle the elements, and I have to say, looking back of course, we were all crazy! Two teams of three with a silent fourth named Windy. Pat Bird, Marilyn Eskelin, and Judi Artman started off first, followed shortly by Jackie Risch, Lynne Reynolds and Rhonda Dettmer. We played best ball format, and trust me, there were no best shots! It was so windy, the balls were moving without being putted on the greens. We were all glad when the game was over, but we still had fun. How can you not have fun when you can be out golfing! We tied, which helped some, and are hoping for better weather next week.

Men’s Night. What can I say! These guys take this night very serious! Four teams of four, with a scramble format. First team was Mark Hordeman, James Musgrove, Gary Effenbeck and Roy Bird with a minus two. Closest to on No. 8.......99.5 inches, Mark Hordeman, with long drive going to Roy Bird. No one got any pure birdies and no one hit No. 6. So there is a carry over on that one. These par 3’s are very elusive indeed. Oh by the way, the men are going to change the rules on the women’s challenge. I guess there will be some negotiating going on, stay tuned for the results. I think they’re scared.

Not to be outdone, our Top of the Hill Gang. What happened to the two men who were coming back this week to play? They waited on you, and now believe you really are afraid they might show you up. I think you should show up next week and prove them wrong. Two groups of two and one group of three. Mike Gardner and Judi Artman took first place, longest drive went to Pat Bird. Can you believe that? A woman outdrove the men, now you know what I am saying about this challenge thing. Yep, I think they are afraid. Longest putt on No. 4 went to Dave Kimura. Both closest to holes carried over. Next week the 13th of June, time will change for the start of play. Due to the junior clinic, Top of the Hill Gang will start at 1 p.m. So come on out and enjoy the afternoon with everyone.

Do not forget the Junior Clinic that is coming up on June 13-15. Starting each morning at 10 a.m. and finishing up at 12 p.m. Seven years to 15 years of age. Call for details at the Caddy Shack, 260-4653 or come by the course and sign up your kids. What a great sport to teach our young people.

We are very excited about our first tournament this year! The 12th Annual Ray Husby Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic. This tournament raises money for the youth in our community. This tournament will be held on June 16, all kinds of prizes will be awarded again this year. Really GOOD stuff for the hole in one on both No. 6 and No. 8. Everyone will have a chance both times around. Closest to and long drive as well as great food. There will be goodies during play supplied by the refreshment cart, as well as the famous annual pig roast dinner following the tournament at the Moose Lodge. All of this is included in the cost of the tournament.

Contact the course at 260-4653 for more information and we will get you signed up for this great tournament.

Keep praying for sunshine, but don’t let that determine if you play or not. Come on out and enjoy the course. Any thoughts or questions just call us at 260-GOLF and we will answer any questions you may have.

Keep it in the short grass!



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