Bird Homestead Golf Report: Activities buzz on at Bird Homestead

Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010

It has been another busy week at Bird Homestead Golf Course. We had an excellent weekend of weather and golf. We had some Anchorage golfers that took advantage of our dry camping and played 36 holes each day, the Bird Cup is on week three and we also had several match plays over the weekend.

We had several parents with their kids out enjoying the weather and the game. The Bird Homestead Golf Association's Youth Program was a little light this weekend with all the functions around the community, but we did have a couple youths who showed great interest in the game. This is a free program offered by the association and conducted by volunteer association members. The next youth golf day will be June 26 at 10 a.m. Bring the kids and give them something else to focus on this summer.

Larry Hamilton and his crew has been working on some changes around some of the tee boxes and greens and they have the fairways, tee boxes and greens looking great. Larry is here every morning around 5:30 making sure the greens are getting plenty of water and that everything is getting mowed and cleaned up. He has made some very noticeable changes around the ninth green so when you come out let us know what you think.

Ladies, we had a great time on Monday night. The rain didn't stop some of us from playing. We had seven ladies who were determined to play rain or shine. The rain let up and we actually had a pretty dry night.

The team of Amanda Bird, Dottie Hackett, Marilyn Eskelin and Judy Ward beat out Pat Bird, Faith Link, Jackie Risch and "Sam" by one stroke, shooting 1 over par. Faith Link took the long drive and the big money on the sixth hole. No one managed to land on the eighth hole so there will be some money there again next week. We had a great time.

The Ladies Night is a blind-draw scramble starting at 6 p.m. every Monday. It is open to any ladies who might want to get out of the house for a few hours. Beginners, intermediates or advanced it is all for fun so come on out and join us.

I must apologize to the men from last week's men's night. They surely could not be outdone by Marilyn Eskelin's eagle on the fifth hole, so they had two eagles of their own. Nice job, guys.

As for this week, we only had six guys that tackled the weather to play. It was a quick night as Jeff Gillman, Chantz Gillman and Trevor Hordemann beat out Roy Bird, Justin Bird and Frank Keener by two strokes, shooting 1 under. Jeff Gillman was the long-drive champion of the night and Trevor Hordemann managed to take to pot on the eighth hole. Closest-to on the sixth hole and pure birdie will carry over for next week.

Wednesday morning was rather quiet. With the rain, the only crazy people who showed were Pat Bird, Amanda Bird and Faith Link. Pat introduced us young ones to Bingo, Bango, Bongo. Amanda finished on top even with Pat's great birdie on the eighth hole. We had a great time and hope to see the regulars back next week and some new people would be great too. It is a great way to spend a few hours of your Wednesday morning. Gather your friends and come join us.

Tomorrow is the Funny River Quilters' Benefit Tournament and the golf course is prepping for all the excitement. Entry forms will be accepted until noon on Saturday so hurry and get yours in. This is always a fun and exciting tournament. The tournament is a blind-draw scramble that will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The quilters have created some real fun for all who play in this tournament. The proceeds go to purchase material, batting and other quilting supplies that the ladies use to make quilts that are donated to many various organizations. This is such a great group of ladies and I hope you will all come out and support the Funny River Quilters. Don't let a little rain discourage you.

Bird Homestead Golf Association met on Sunday to discuss the upcoming Annual String Tournament schedule for June 26 at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $60 per person. This is a blind-draw scramble. They would like to invite everyone to come and join the fun. The next association meeting is scheduled for July 11 at 2 p.m.

If you haven't been out to Bird Homestead Golf Course yet this summer come out to mile 11.8 Funny River Road and visit. It is a beautiful drive and a great place to play golf.

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