Birch Ridge Report

Join June at June Scramble

Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2005

You're not going to believe this but I talked three friends into playing with me in the June Scramble this Saturday. Oh, I know what you're thinking. What is June going to do with her life at the end of the day when all her friends have deserted her? Does she realize the chance she's taking?

Well, the whining stops here. Check-in time is 7 a.m. and tee-off is at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, and I'm going to be there with a smile on my face as if it were 10 a.m. I've paid my $60 entry fee and shined up my shoes. My motivation, of course, is to make it to the barbecue afterward to pick up my prize and possibly entice my play-pals with FORGET IT JUICE.

I know you want to be there as well, so pick your own team, sign up and pay no later than Friday at noon. Two divisions are determined by handicap and it's a scramble. What have you got to lose? (See above.)

Jay Kriner was the winner of the Michelob/K&L Distributors prize of the week, a PGA Tour umbrella. This week's prize is on display at the pro shop. You can enter to win each time you play a round. Drawings are held every Wednesday.

Another new item: Beginning this Friday, Matt Matarrese will be conducting "demo nights." You'll have a chance to try out the new merchandise we have in our pro shop this year, while at the same time observing a correct and great swing. Matt started out as a junior golfer in our program and for the last two years, while attending college in California, has conducted demo days for an international golf company. So get out here by 5:30 p.m. and be prepared to be wowed!

Mr. Matarrese is one of many junior golfers who started out as tykes at the course. Tony Azzara, Nick Horn and Josh Lansing are three more who have gone on to college with either a full or partial golf scholarship. They've also made us proud by their terrific winnings in various junior championship tournaments statewide as well as Outside.

Birch Ridge Golf Course has a tremendous reputation — despite its size — for its junior golf program and the number of young players of incredible talent. Without the sponsorship of the Birch Ridge Golf Association or the dedication of our pro Tom Walsh and the many volunteers, this program would not be as successful as it continues to be. There is a new cadre of players coming up through the ranks. You'll notice them any day out on the course. They're great players. More importantly, they are fine young people who shine with integrity and honesty. Look for them and note their names because you'll hear from them again.

Wednesday's Men's Night had winners for first place Caleb Sizemore, Tony Azzara, Gary Turner and Mike Hollingsworth high-fiving. Second placers were Gary Davis, Roy Bird and Don McGhee. Caleb "Son of Bob" Sizemore was closest-to on hole 6, Jay "I've Got a New Umbrella" Kriner came closest-to on hole 8. Tony Azzara won long drive kudos while Bob Sizemore scored a pure birdie.

Our once younger now a little older seniors were out in full force this Monday morning. Gordon Briscoe shot a low net of 28, Chiya Bazan came in with a 29. Closest-to on Nos. 6 and 8 were George McDowell and Chiya Bazan, respectively. Dave "Great Neighbor" Keating won long putt prizes on No. 9.

Our Ladies of Tuesday Mornings were at it again with Dee Richards and Jan Stenga tied for fewest putts. Newcomer to the morning Dottye Muhs showed off her closest-to prowess on No. 8, as did Dee Richards for No. 6.

It's time for me to practice for Saturday's event. (No, not my drive or my putting — my early morning smile. I must have one.) See you on the front nine!

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