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Kenai Golf Report: Condition of course improves

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2002

The rain has settled the dust and greened up the fairways and edges around the Kenai Golf Course. Things are shaping up and the course is playing well. One of the seasoned golfers fired a round of 74, taking 37 strokes on the front nine and 37 strokes on the back nine, a few days ago.

Mixed Doubles

The Monday evening of mixed doubles faced the sprinkles and got out of the clubhouse at 6:40 p.m. The golfers enjoyed themselves, which is what the event is all about.

The team taking the "mystery hole," which turned out to be No. 4, included Judy Buffington and Tom Vincent. The winning team had the fewest combined putts on the hole and the lowest combined strokes on the same hole.

Men's Night

The team carding a 3-under to take first place included James Grant, Bob Reilly and Bill Irwin.

Two teams chipped off for second place. Both carded 1-under par. The chip of Loren Smagge garnered second place for his team of Mark Azzara and Felix Martinez.

The slugger of the week was Larry Grant on hole No. 7. Closest to No. 5 was Mark Azzara with 6 feet, 2 inches. Closest to No. 9 was Joe Riddle with 26 feet, 6 inches.

Bill Irwin got a "pure birdie" on No. 7 and Gary Katsion got his "pure birdie" on No. 4.

Kenai Cup

Kenai Cup match play begins today. Tee times start on the back and front at 6 p.m. The course is open to the public since the Kenai Cup matches use regular tee times to start.

Handicap System

An effort is being made to have golfers at Kenai Golf Course be aware of the importance of posting their scores as soon as possible after playing. The handicap system really works when all scores are posted as accurately as possible.

A signup sheet is at the desk for Kenai Golf Association members to list the number of holes played and the date of play. The sheet will be compared to the actual scores posted vs. the date of play.

Big Doings

From the little plantation town of Honokaa, Hawaii, to Alaska. Several of my high school classmates are here for a get-together. Yours truly is busy showing them as much as possible on the Kenai Peninsula.

One came from Egypt, one from North Carolina, two from California and several from Hawaii. It is really special to share my favorite state with friends from the past. Most of us hadn't seen each other in over 40 years. I can't imagine revealing that fact.

As soon as we have a chance, we are heading out to the course for a round of golf. I hear Egypt has quite a few beautiful courses.

Firefighters Tournament

The firefighters are having their 12th annual 18-hole scramble. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. Put your own team together. Prizes are awarded to the first-, fourth- and seventh-place teams. A red lantern also is waiting to be picked up by the last-place team.

Closing thoughts

Please remember to repair all your divots and ball marks. The course is open to regular play on most of the tournament days. This year there was a change made in tournament day starting times.

Call your tee time in and be pleasantly surprised to find open tee times during the early morning, midmorning and early afternoon most tourney days.

See you on the green.



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