Birch Ridge Golf Report

Variety spices up the course

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2007

Variety spiced up the Birch Ridge Golf Course this past week. From juniors to seniors, experienced “duffer” to beginning “whiffer,” from men of all ages to ladies in pink, Birch Ridge has been buzzing with activity and something for everyone. Thankfully the weather varied on Sunday from the cool, breezy, rainy days we’ve come to expect, as sunshine covered the course filled with pink for the Second Annual Rally for a Cure Tournament.

The “Rally” was a huge success as 71 ladies in pink joined together to bring about awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This certainly would not have happened without the generous contributions of so many. The committee would like to thank all the participants, volunteers, hole sponsors and all those who made donations to our wheelbarrow raffle, silent auction and prizes. The list is long and our gratitude is overwhelming. The hope is that the contribution we make to the foundation will help in the fight to end breast cancer as a life threatening disease that affects so many.

Although the cause is a serious one, our Rally certainly was anything but serious. Arriving “decked-out” in various shades and forms of pink, we came ready to play some golf and have a good time. There was tough competition in the typical ways (requiring golfing skill) and other unique ways (requiring no golfing skill at all). Those showing particularly exceptional golfing ability was the first-place team (Linda Murphy, Pat Schmitz and Mary Starrs-Armstrong), long drive (Leona Jackson), closest to the hole on No. 6 (Carol Morgan), closest to the hole on No. 8 (Barb Winkler) and closest to the pink line (Lynne Reynolds). Honorable mention goes to the second-place team of Pat Bird, Sue Stein, Judy Keck-Walsh and Nora Satathite. The “pink-lantern” team shall remain nameless. Among the prizes requiring no golfing ability at all was the “Patsy Pink” award named for Pat Bird after her inspiring show of pink in our First Rally for a Cure Tournament last year. Yours truly won it this year (remember — “no golfing ability required”). And there were lots of other non-golfing ways to win prizes. We even “sold” our pro, Tom Walsh. (The team could purchase his drive on hole No. 9). Great fun with wonderful ladies, good food and lots of pink!

The Hook A Kid On Golf program last week was a huge success thanks to the volunteers (Tom Walsh, Bill Engberg, Bob Sizemore, Jane Stein, Barb Winkler and Judy Keck-Walsh), the 16 kids who participated and the support of their parents and families.

This week there are over 30 kids participating in the Junior Golf Camp that ends on Friday with a BBQ for the kids and their parents. Both Hook A Kid on Golf and the Junior Golf Camp are supported by the Birch Ridge Golf Association. As part of the program, each participant is allowed to play a free round of golf on Thursdays from 9 to 11a.m. for the rest of the season. Call the pro shop for a tee time (262-5270).

There is a Junior Golf Tournament on Friday (ages 8-17). The cost is $15 which includes green fee and BBQ afterward. Deadline to register is 6 p.m. Thursday.

The June Scramble is on Saturday. Tee-off is at 8 a.m. (check-in at 7 a.m.), with awards and BBQ following. Deadline to register your team is today at noon. There will be two divisions determined by handicaps. Entry fee is $60 plus $26 for the green fee (season ticket holders exempt from green fees). The Calcutta/BBQ is Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Twenty-two seniors came out in the sunshine Monday morning. George McDowell posted the low net and made the longest putt. Gary Effenbeck had the second lowest net. Closest to the hole was Chuck Rider on No. 6 and Charlie Muhs on No. 8.

Tuesday morning there were 12 lady golfers with the team of Myrna Cowan, Janet St. Clair, Jane Tongen and Mary Anderson posting the best “pink ball” team score. Shirley Johnsrud had low net and Kathy Herring won the mystery hole. On Tuesdays at 9 a.m., Bill Engberg will be conducting a golf clinic for ladies of any skill level. The cost is $10 and will cover a variety of subjects. Call the pro shop to take part in this informative clinic.

As always, John and Jane Tongen spiced up our golfing lives with another of the variety of games they throw out to us each week. This Tuesday we played a “Two-Person Best Six-Holes” game, with everyone playing their own game from the pink tees. Each couple added their net scores together on each hole and used the best six holes for their total net score. Three couples tied for first place. After the card-off, the Murphys (Dan and Linda) beat out the Tongens (second) and Jerry and Kathy Herring (third). Throw in (or out) a little humor (John Tongen style) and you have another fun Couples Night. New couples are welcome, so call the pro shop if you would like to come join us next Tuesday.

The Wednesday Night Men’s League last week had 12 players. Pat McElroy posted the low net (30) and the team of Dave Stein, Pat McElroy, Roy Bird and Gary Davis) took first place with the low net of 26. Closest to the hole on No. 6 was Dick Galloway and Mike Edwards was closest to the hole on No. 8. Rick Kennedy had the longest drive. Golfing in Alaska can be quite challenging with the variety of conditions we have to contend with that make our courses a little “rough” to play, especially early in the season. I was golfing with my husband, Dave, this week and found myself complaining about the golfing conditions as we searched in vain for another one of my lost balls. My husband finally said to me, “You should stop complaining about the golf course since we left it a long time ago.”

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