Kenai Golf Report: Host of people help Kenai Golf Course get off to great start

Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Another week's worth of beautiful weather has graced the Kenai Peninsula and what better place to enjoy it than at the Kenai Golf Course. Since the kings have delayed their arrival in the river, there's no time like the present to play in a tournament, take a lesson, or just get out and enjoy a round at the KGC. The course is in amazing shape and the friendly staff is working hard to ensure that your golf outing is incredible.

I want to thank Chris Murray for the attention to the tee boxes during my round recently. I just wish that I could say that those freshly cut tee boxes made a difference. And to Beau Forrest, thank you for your attention to the bunkers. Unfortunately for me, I spent way too much time in them recently and had lots of opportunity to admire how clean and well cared for they are! Thanks I think!?! Ron Goecke, thanks for tagging along with my better half and me; we enjoyed the company.

Chris Kimball, thank you for your continued effort on the new practice facility. It's looking great! Thank you, Dwight Kramer, for all your help. Cliff Baker, we miss you and hope things are going well for you in your new job. Doug Jung, keep working with the impact ball (would really love to know the story behind this comment, Gordon). And welcome back, Max Pate; some things never change.

The 2010 Atigun Cup is under way. There are two divisions for competitors -- gross or net -- in which golfers compete in qualifying tournaments for points (just like the FedExCup). The entry fee is only $35 for the season. The qualifying matches for the remainder of the season are the Donny Morgan Tournament, the Kenai Open and the KGA monthly events.

Playoff matches will be held for the quarter and semifinal nine-hole matches on Sept. 18, and for the 18-hole championship on Sept. 19. You must sign up and pay the entry fee prior to participation in a qualifying tournament for points from that tournament to apply and no points will be awarded for qualifying tournaments played prior to your paid entry in the Atigun Cup. Obviously, the sooner you sign up for this exciting and competitive points race, the better off you will be. Contact Gordon Griffin or Derek Kaufman for more information.

Tommy Carver will be teaching the Junior Clinic, held from 10 a.m. to noon daily, on June 21 to 23. The next ladies clinic will be held June 21 through 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. daily. The senior men meet every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. while every Thursday night is men's night at 6 p.m. Contact the pro shop at 283-7500 for more information.

A birdie told me -- Mike Kebschull and Keith Stasek, keep up the good work on the course. Charlie Kahakauwila, are these guys creeping up on you? Congratulations to Chris Murray for the great eagle on the 16th hole.

General Manager's Report -- This weekend is the start of our tournament season. The Masonic and the HEA Tournaments will be Saturday, followed by the Boys and Girls Club on June 18, and the Elks Tournament on June 19.

The course is in great shape for these events. The greens are outstanding for so early in the season. The greens on the 14th and 16th holes have shaped up very well. We lowered the cut on the greens another step the other day. We will continue to lower the greens slowly in the next two weeks.

Last week, Dusty Culbreath and Willie Perkins raised the left-hand corner of the 18th hole. That area is looking good and will improve the play on that hole. The renovation project around the seventh hole is now complete and what a difference more sunlight makes. The project around the second hole is also complete. It is really exciting to see the positive effects of all our projects on the course.

I am always interested in your input and hope you will feel free to talk with me at any time. After talking with Sam McClane, the project around the 15th hole is now complete. We have been working on that area for several seasons now and I really appreciate your input, Sam.

I would like to thank everyone for a great start to another golf season. As always, I will see you on the course. -- Gordon Griffin

The seniors were out again on June 1. Gordon Griffin took the low gross honors again this week with a 37 while Charlie Waguespack shot low net.

Besides the tournament action Gordon mentioned above is the KGA Monthly Event (Atigun Cup qualifying tournament for those interested) on June 20. The Brown Bears Tournament is on June 26 and the Ladies EZPZ is on June 27.

I can tell I spent entirely too much time last weekend with my chain saw and not enough with my golf clubs. I will see you on the course!

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