Kenai golf report: A splendid week of golf

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2005

A couple of weeks ago Ron Wilson was our "Person of the Week." This week we want to wish him a belated happy birthday. Ron turned 82 on Sunday. He plays a round of nine holes every weekday. I think we all hope we will be doing just that when we turn 82.


The Kenai Elks Scramble is this weekend. Participants are asked to sign up by 5 p.m. on Friday. The registration fee is $60.00.

The first sessions of junior golf instruction run through Friday and the advanced session is June 20-24, 1-3 p.m. for ages 13 and older.

Kenai Cup Results

The second week of the Kenai Cup has been played. There are three divisions. The winners of the Butch Anderson Division were the team of Jack Evans and Kegan Kiel (Two Duffers). Ed Marsh and David Ramsey (Sport 'N Woodies) tied with Chris Sonnichsen and Tom Bennett (OFG).

In the Donny Morgan Division the winners were the teams of John Dahlgren and Spencer Devito (Two Divots) and the team of Steve Honrud and Don Young (Polecats).

In the 19th Hole Division the winning teams were Tommy Carver and Randy Kornfield (R&R) and Dwight Kramer and Bob Drewes (Stoned).

The teams of Dana Bassel and Keith Stuart (Stuart/Bassel) from the 19th Hole Division tied with the team of Greg Horton and Joe Deveaux (Southpaw Studs) from the Donny Morgan Division.

Gary Katsion, in charge of the Kenai Cup, reported, with the exception of a disturbance on the 11th fairway, the matches were well played and now every team has scored.

Ladies Day

The ladies had a beautiful day for golf. It was comfortably cool and with the slight breeze, those notorious insects called mosquitoes stayed their distance (most of the time). All that attended enjoyed the game and the camaraderie. Next week we are expecting even more ladies.

Winners this week were Judy Salo, low scratch score; Nancy Buell, closest to the pin; Lynda Dahlgren, least putts on uneven holes, and Mary Armstrong, the mystery prize (most putts on holes 1 through 6).

Carol Morgan and the Kenai Golf Course donated prizes. Each lady received a new Percept golf ball. Thank you Carol!

Next week before we tee off, Don Moock, golf professional, will give us a quick (15 minute) class on some part of the short game. Hope to see you all there!

Men's Night

Once again 24 men had a good time on the course. This week the format was a par 3 scramble on the front nine (Don Moock, golf professional, placed the tee markers to make all holes par 3).

Four teams tied at even par. A chip-off determined the team of Cal Larson, Jerry Norris and Keith Stuart for first place. Second place went to the team of Bill Davis, John Bania and Clif Vaught, and Allan Wooten, Bob Stamer, and Zach Hauser took third place.

Gordon Griffin was closest to the pin on No. 5, and Clif Vaught was closest to the pin on No. 9. Congratulations to all the winners.

Junior Golf

Twenty-two students ranging in age from 8 to 13 participated in the first session of junior golf classes on Monday. The Hook a Kid on Golf program is at the maximum with a total of 22 participants. With a total of 44 students in the two programs, it is an indication that golf is a growing activity for the young people in our community.

Don Moock and Gordon Griffin were in charge of the instruction and were assisted by volunteer Mary Armstrong. Thanks, Mary.

General Manager Gordon Griffin's Report

The course continues to improve. We put down 22,000 lbs. of fertilizer and the course is really greening up. The greens are in great shape too; they have also been fertilized and verta-cut the other day.

The cart path on No. 15 has been completed. Brian, Justin, and Donnie did an excellent job.

Jim Bradford is back from vacation and will resume his normal duties of changing the tee boxes and pin placements. Welcome back, Jim.

Tom Allison, who was taking over for Jim will resume his normal duties of doing just about anything and everything. He has been introduced to a sand trap machine, so look forward to great sand traps.

All in all it has been a great week; come out and see for yourself!

Boys and Girls Golf Classic

Brenda Pilgrim Ahlberg, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club reported that Friday was a beautiful day for golfing as it did not rain and the breeze kept the mosquitoes away, but did not interfere with the golf. She said, "The weather or golf gods were on our side."

The format was a scramble and 24 teams of four participated (Brenda's goal is to have 36 teams in the future).

The winning teams were:

First place — Conoco Phillips (Pete Micciche, Jack Shaw, Jay McKee and Chris Endsley);

Second place — British Petroleum (Paul Jacobson, Art Womack, Mike Anthony and Judy Salo;

Third place — Individual team of Jason Elson, Gary Superman, Scott Kempf and Rachelle Brehm;

Fourth place — Individual team of Scot Shier, Dave Ramsey, Bob Staats, and Tom Vincent.

Winners of closest to the pin were not available; the longest drive belonged to Matt Tunseth.

Coed Golf

We had a better turnout with three teams enjoying the evening, and a beautiful one it was. Tom Vincent and Judy Buffington, Del and Amanda Fagen, and Dave and Shelley Ramsey played the front nine and tried to stay one step ahead of the mosquitoes.

Here are the results for Monday night's Couple's (Co-Ed) Golf: The Ramseys won the pot by having the low score of the combined team score on hole three plus the combined putts on hole six (thanks to Barry Jackman for this math exercise!).

Confused? So were the participants!

Every Monday night there is a different criterion for winning (whatever the Club House dreams up) and the only consistent thing is that all players play their own ball and the teams are co-ed.

Everyone is welcome and we'd like to encourage golfers of all ages and skill levels to get a team together and come join in the fun. We are missing our regulars from last year and want you back — you know who you are — and we hope to see you soon!

KGA Notes

Don't forget to sign up for the first Kenai Golf Association Membership Event. It is Sunday and tee times start at 12:30 p.m. Registration forms are available at the clubhouse and there is no registration fee. Hope to see many of you there.

Weekly Quote

A bag of clubs, a dimpled ball,

Fair verdant greens, that rise and fall,

An azure sky, a glorious sun,

And a day of golf is well begun.

A score that does not bring disgrace,

Good will for all the human race,

Enjoyment of a setting sun,

And a splendid day of golf is done.

— "Golfer's Hymn"

by E.W. Stansbury

The poem is from the book "Golf, A Celebration in Art" by Thomas P. Stewart. It certainly speaks to our golf up here (and anywhere for that matter) as we enjoy the azure sky, the glorious sun and the setting sun. Our manager is right; the course is in great shape and I see more people out there every day.

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