Kenai Golf Report: Shaping up nicely

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Hello, Golfers. Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day to enjoy golfing at the Kenai Golf Course, which I did along with my better half and preferred golfing partner, Dave. I wish I could say that my golf game had improved over the winter, but that is certainly not the case!

The course is really looking nice and everything is greening up. It is interesting to see all the changes at the course with the ongoing projects and the addition of the executive tees. And as always, it is so nice to see so many familiar faces back again after the winter’s hiatus. We had the pleasure of Ron Goecke’s company on the back and definitely enjoyed the companionship along with the spectacular scenery on such a beautiful day.

A Birdie Told Me — Eldon Harvey had a 65-foot eagle putt on hole No. 8. Fantastic putt, Eldon. Were you practicing Don’s putting tips? Also on hole No. 8, Jerry Norris had the misfortune to find his drive in the sand. His second shot from the bunker was about 200 yards out. His third shot hit the walking bridge (which kept his ball from ending up in the creek) and rolled to about three inches off the green. He narrowly missed a birdie when his chip lipped out. Very nice recovery, Jerry.

Don’s Tip of the Week — If you practiced my last tip, your lag putting should be in great shape. Now let’s work on the short putts. Imagine a clock face and the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions. Now place a ball at one foot, two feet, and three feet from the hole at each of the four positions around the hole for a total of 12 balls. Work your way around the clock with the goal of making all the putts. Good Luck!

by Golf Pro Don Moock

The 2007 season of the Kenai Cup got underway on Wednesday, June 6. There are 14 teams competing in two divisions which were based on total team handicaps at the start of the season. In the Butch Anderson Division, the team of Toads (Todd Eskelin and Dana Bassel) won their match against OFG (Chris Sonnichsen and Tom Bennet), the Eagles (Noel Widmayer and Tom Allison) triumphed over Two Hackers (Bill Davis and Barry Jackman) and those daring G-Men (Jerry Norris and Gary Katsion) beat out Bowen-Anderson (Pat Bowen and Greg Anderson). Meanwhile in the Donny Morgan Division, the team of Harvey-Harvey (Eldon and Ryan Harvey) narrowly beat the team of R&R (Tom Carver and Randy Kornfield), the Two Duffers (Jack Evans and Bruce Galloway) stomped the Mulligans (Tom Reese and Greg Duggin), while the team of Vaught-Pate (Cliff Vaught and Max Pate) barely squeaked by the team of Baker-Brehm (Cliff Baker and Rachelle Brehm), and Right and Wrong (Richard Martin and Joe Deveaux) edged out The Why No’s (Jack Focose and Gene Diamond).

Eight women got the Ladies Golf program up and running last Thursday, June 7. The ladies were pleased to welcome two new players to the group and everyone had a great time. Low gross was won by Nancy Buell, closest to the pin on No. 5 by Nora Satathite, fewest putts by Kathy Heus, and the mystery hole by Tracie Davis.

Last Thursday was “Big Thursday” for the guys. The first-place team at two under was Bob Sizemore, Caleb Sizemore and Justin Herrmann. The second-place team at one under was Cliff Baker, Chris Kimball and Charlie Waguespack. The third-place team, also at one under, was Beau Forrest, Larry Grant and Bill Davis. Beau Forrest took the long drive and Justin Herrmann was closest to the pin on hole No. 9.

Don’t miss these exciting tournaments coming up: on Saturday, the 2007 Kenai Elks; Sunday, the KGA Members Only; Saturday, June 23, the Executive Tournament (from those brand new executive tees); and Saturday, June 30, the Rita Botelho Memorial. Sign-up sheets are available in the pro shop. Stop by and check out all the new stuff, get signed up for the tournament of your choice and get golfing.

Get out there and get golfing people. See you on the front nine!

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