Showers spruce up course

Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2003

With the recent much needed rain, the fairways are filling in and looking wonderful. Golfers are enjoying a terrific season of pars, birdies, eagles and hole in one shots.

There is a full schedule of events and tournaments to meet the various skill levels of golfers at Kenai Golf Course.

Mixed Doubles

There were seven teams taking part in the Tuesday weekly mixed doubles event with tee times starting at 6:20 p.m. Golfers are invited to attend and have fun with the mixed doubles event. All skill levels are invited to play on any Tuesday. Just call in your tee time to mark your start.

This week's winner with the fewest combined strokes on Nos. 1 and 9 was the Dave and Shelley Ramsey team. The team taking the putting award was the team of Jason and Heather Daniels.

Teresa Sibolboro and Jan Erwin both were elated with a chip-in during their play in the weekly mixed doubles event.

Ladies' Night

The Ladies' Night golfers are inviting all ladies who want to join the Tuesday evening event, which starts at 6 p.m. This week Nora Satathite, Alicia Morgan, Mary Ann Williams and Colleen Pugh showed up, ready to play. The gals are just interested in getting out, slapping that ball around and having some fun and laughs.

Kenai Cup

The lone winner in the Butch Anderson Division was the team of Dwight Kramer and Doug Haralson.

The winners in the Donnie Morgan Division were the teams of Eldon Harvey and Ryan Harvey, Gary Katsion and Paul Tornow, Felix Martinez and Pam Martinez, and Jerry Norris and Noel Widmayer.

The winners in the 19th Hole Division were the teams of Bill Burtram and Billy Applewhite, Mark Matarrese and Carol Morgan, Jim Legner and Craig Jung, and Jack Evans and Bruce Galloway.

If you have a GHIN handicap and would like to substitute Wednesday evenings for the Kenai Cup, please sign up in the clubhouse. Subs are needed as golfers are unable to play for many reasons. Subbing in the Kenai Cup is a great way to find out about match play.

Men's Night

Men's Night winners tied at 2-under were the team of Lorne Smagge, Jeff Johns, Shawn Jones and Cliff Baker. They tied with Billy Applewhite, Mike Mishler, Norton Dablemont and John Johnson.

The sluggers of the week were Lorne Smagge and Shawn Jones.

The winner of Thursday evening's closest to pin "Shoot Out" on No. 10 for the second time was Bobby Farrell Jr. Second place was Jeff Johns. Both had super shots. Thus far Bobby is the only golfer to win the weekly event two times. Congratulations for a couple of great shots!

Junior Golf

Junior Cup tryouts are on Wednesday and Thursday of this week starting at 9 a.m. All juniors who are experienced golfers are invited to participate. The Junior Cup event is match play, one round at Birch Ridge and one round at Kenai Golf Course each week.

The first session of Junior Golf is half over with 45 junior golfers in attendance.

The second Junior Golf session will start on July 8. Second session sign up sheets are available in the clubhouse.

Kenai Golf Course Junior Tournament will be on June 24. Times to be announced.

Hole in One

Congratulations to Trey Miller who recently carded his first hole in one on No. 14. It happened while KGC pro Bill Engberg was working around the green. Trey's name will be added to the Hole in One clubhouse trophy. It is an exclusive club to belong to.

This year, Trey Miller, Jerry May and Gene Diamond are all new entrants to the Hole in One Club.

A Birdie Told Me

Tom Vincent had a great shot that was only 3 inches from going in the cup for a hole in one. The cart workers were working around the green when they noticed that shot that came so close but not in. Bet Tom will be thinking of that shot for a long time.

Paul Nelson recently had an eagle shot for his team while playing in the Thursday Men's Night event.

Upcoming Event

Saturday the Kenai Firefighters four-person scramble annual golf tournament will have an 8 a.m. shotgun start. It is a fundraiser to support prevention and education. The $75 fee includes green fees, food and beverages, raffle ticket and entry to closest to pins and long drives contests. KGC gift certificates will go to winners, red lantern included. Grand prize is a Taylor Made driver.

On June 21, the ninth annual Tri-Club Ray Husby Memorial tournament will start with tee times at 8 a.m. The event will be a four-person team chosen by the luck of the draw. The event fee is $60 and includes green fees, food and beverages and awards. Entry applications are in the clubhouse.

Closing Thoughts

Recently, yours truly hiked to Juneau Falls in Cooper Landing. It is as incredibly beautiful as it was 25 years ago when I rode my favorite horse, Hoku to lower Juneau Lake. I hiked in with a large group (for safety reasons) of concerned citizens, who want to be sure the new highway causes the least impact on one of the Kenai Peninsula's treasures.

The long Alaska day allowed me to get back to the driving range and practice putting and chipping green at Kenai Golf Course and still have time to "pinch the heads off" those dandelions trying to take over my yard. Where else but in Alaska could we have such a full and wonderful day!

Recently, while shopping at Carrs in Kenai I had an employee go above and beyond. Thank you to Vicki Hatch who was very thoughtful while I was shopping.

Check out and see you on the front nine.

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