Bird Homestead Golf Report: Junior golfers learn golf lessons for life

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010

What an exciting week at Bird Homestead Golf Course. Saturday was the first Bird Homestead Golf Association Youth Golf clinic. Dave Kimura and Judi Artman worked with the kids on holding and positioning the clubs and putting. They had a small competition at the end of the day with most putts going to Trenton Robinson. The goal is to just get the kids interested in golf, because they are the future. Bring the kids out Saturday morning at 10 a.m. for a little golfing fun (parents are welcome). Thanks to Dave and Judi for volunteering their time to work with these future golfers.

We kicked off the week with ladies night Monday. Ladies night is growing a little each week and we have a lot of fun. We had 10 ladies making up three teams. Susan Ellis was our long-drive champion of the night and Elaine Taylor was closest to the cup on the eighth hole. We didn't have anyone land on the green on the sixth hole so that pot continues to grow.

The winning team of ladies had a very exciting time as Marilyn Eskelin chipped from the bottom edge of the green on the fifth hole to the cup on top to give the team an eagle. Great chip, Marilyn. You were awesome. Marilyn Eskelin, Rhonda Dettmer, Jackie Risch and Faith Link finished the night with a par score beating out the team of Pat Bird, Elaine Taylor, Susan Ellis and "George," which finished 1 over. Nice job to all of you. We welcome any ladies who may want to come and join us Monday nights at 6 p.m.

Tuesday was men's night with 24 entries. It came down to the wire with a chip-off for first place. Al Dettmer, Paul Zimmerman, Dick Galloway and Frank Keener were the champs of the night. Roy Bird landed closest to the cup on the eighth hole and Zimmerman landed closest on the sixth hole. Jeff Gillman was the long-drive guy and Zimmerman had a pure birdie on the sixth hole. These guys really do have a lot of fun and you know the old saying -- the more the merrier. Come join them on Tuesday nights at 6:30.

The Wednesday morning seniors had 10 entries. Mike Gardner was the putting master with longest putt of 13.5 feet. Pat Bird was the winner for closest to the cup on the sixth hole and the pot for the eighth hole is really growing. Amanda Bird, Larry Taylor and Mike Gardner were the seniors of the day, taking first place with a 106. The seniors golf every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. and you don't necessarily have to be a senior to play so come on out.

Golf is right up there with fishing during the short summers in Alaska. The river may be closed to fishing but Bird Homestead Golf Course is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. We have everything you might need to play a round of golf. Don't forget that Thursday is "buy one get one free."

I would like to remind everyone that the Funny River Quilters Benefit Tournament is right around the corner on June 19. This has got to be one of the best tournaments around. The lady quilters have created all kinds of fun to enhance the golf game for everyone. The proceeds for this tournament go to purchase quilting supplies so the ladies can make and donate quilts to various organizations. Entry forms are available at the clubhouse. We have several other tournaments scheduled and I will keep you posted as they come near.

The weather has been most cooperative for the golfing season and the grounds crew at Bird Homestead Golf Course work diligently every day to make the course shine. The fairways have been fertilized and the last bit of rain gave them a great boost. The greens are in really good condition for June. Be sure to come and see us at Mile 11.8 Funny River Road.

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