Birch Ridge Report: Scramble smothered in sun rays

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2002

Saturday was an absolutely beautiful day as 20 teams turned out to play in the 25th Annual Birch Ridge June Scramble. It had been rumored that one of the teams that has played in the tournament for the past 20 years, the Weaver boys, might not play this year.

The Weaver boys have won this tournament more than other teams so a June Scramble wouldn't have been the same had they not played. Rusty, Alan and Derrill Weaver, along with Buddy Crowder, were there once again Saturday.

While they didn't win, as they have done so many times in the past, they kept the tradition alive and for a while were contenders in the race to capture first place.

A team from Anchorage and Kenai collaborated to grab hold of first place in the June Scramble. Nick Martinez of Anchorage, joined by Sam McLane, Felix Martinez and Pam Martinez from Kenai, combined to compile a score of 10-under 60 to take Division A honors.

Steve Dexheimer, John Bunnell, Tony Azzara and Nick Horn fired a 7-under 63 to take second place. In a one-hole playoff for third place, Pat Bird, Mike Hollingsworth, Charlie Weimer and Bob Sizemore got the better of Doug Marshall, Tom Reese, Bill Stamps and Bob Nelson.

For the B Division, which is for teams with a combined handicap over 70, Kevin O'Fallon, Phil Turkington, Dave Grove and Lynne Reynolds took home the championship, shooting a 5-under 65. Dick Cockroft, Dan Murphy, Steve Rich and Curtis Nelson came in second with a 66.

No playoff was necessary as last year's defending B Division champions -- Gary Dawkins, John Lansing, Paula Crowley and Josh Lansing -- took third this year.

Besides being visited by the sun throughout the day, Dean Kvasnikoff, a member of one of the teams representing Ninilchik, reported a black bear sauntered across the No. 7 fairway. He probably wasn't looking for a birdie, as were all others out on the course.

A complete list of teams and scores can be found at the end of this column.

Senior League

It is amazing how quickly we can become dependent on how we transfer information. Jo Briscoe, the dedicated reporter from Monday's Senior League, regularly transmits the weekly happenings by e-mail.

Unfortunately, our e-mail system is down and we are unable to receive this week's report. We are truly sorry but promise to report the results next week.

Men's League

This past week the men mixed it up a bit. Tony Azzara, who has been on the winning team the past two weeks, captured the long drive on hole No. 3. Mike Hollingsworth helped his team capture first place by putting his ball within birdie range on No. 8, while Dick Cockroft put it closest on No. 6.

Richard Martin, Ray Hamby, Nick Horn and Mike Hollingsworth captured first place by firing a 4-under. Don McKendry helped his team take second place by calling it in a coin flip.

Joining Don for second place was Ezzra Johnson, Dick Cockroft and Jay Kriner. Men's League continues every Wednesday night with check-in at 6 p.m.

Morning Ladies League

For the third week there was a tie for first place in this league. The team of Dee Richards, Kathy Nielsen and Louise Schadle tied Myrna Cowan, Jan Stenga and Kathy Herring.

Myrna Cowan won long drive, while Dee Richards put her drive up close on No. 6 and Chiya Bazan had closest to the pin on No. 8. Morning Ladies League play continues every Thursday with check-in at 9:30 a.m. and tee off at 10 a.m.

Junior Golf

The first week of Junior Golf was a complete success. Tom Walsh, the Birch Ridge Golf Pro, said that this was the best group of junior golfers he had seen in the six years he has conducted the program.

Last Friday, the 27 junior golfers that participated in the first week got to play in a minitournament followed by a barbecue and awards ceremony.

While all the junior golfers received some sort of memento from their week of hard work, Michael Horton will remember this week for quite awhile. Michael was the recipient of a complete set of new clubs together with a new golf bag. Kaili Sholin also picked up a new golf bag. Special thanks go out to Ron Vidal, Nick Horn and Tony Azzara for helping with the program.

Alaska Junior Golf Association

The Alaska Junior Golf Association's competition continued as the four juniors from the Kenai Peninsula played at Settler's Bay this past Monday.

Competing in the 15 to 17 division, Nick Horn led the way for the peninsula, taking third behind Settler's Bay resident Derek Johnston. Derek carded a 77, followed by Anchorage resident Ben Davis at 78. Nick fired a 79.

Also competing from the Kenai Peninsula were Josh Lansing (83), Matt Matarrese (84) and Tony Azzara (85).

Monday, the juniors will be competing in a two-day tournament at Eagleglen Golf Course in Anchorage. Additional details on the Alaska Junior Golf Association tournaments can be found at the Web site at or by contacting the pro shop at 262-5270.

While the juniors just competed at Settler's Bay, we'll see how the group led by Birch Ridge Golf Pro Tom Walsh fares at the Pro-Am Monday. Competing with Tom will be Pat Cowan, Jim McWilliams, Mo Redford and Dave Kerkvliet.

Upcoming tournaments

The Best/Rotary Midnight Sun Scramble will be Saturday. Tee off is at 6 p.m., with check-in at 5 p.m. On June 30, the Alaska Center for the Blind will be hosting a tournament. The Red Cross Tournament will then be July 6. Finally, if you've played in the Family Affair Tournament in the past, mark your calendars for July 13.

Remember that when you're on the course, keep your eyes and ears open for you never know what you might run into as far as wildlife goes. On Father's Day, Mike Boulette and his group playing in the Moeglein tournament spotted a black bear on No. 6. A few weeks back, we had an interesting encounter with a moose. We thought we were infringing on her dinner at the bottom of No. 4.

Get out and enjoy golfing with a friend. Birch Ridge Golf Course offers specials every Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday is member guest day and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. is two-for-one day. Call the Pro Shop at 262-5270 for details and to reserve your tee time.

June Scramble

Saturday at Birch Ridge Golf Course

Division A (Handicaps of 70 or less)

Sam McLane, Pam Martinez, Felix Martinez, Nick Martinez, 60 (1st place); Steve Dexheimer, John Bunnell, Tony Azzara, Nick Horn, 63 (2nd place); Pat Bird, Mike Hollingsworth, Charlie Weimer, Bob Sizemore, 64 (won 3rd in a playoff); Doug Marshall, Tom Reese, Bill Stamps, Bob Nelson, 64 (tied for 3rd but lost in playoff); Jay Kriner, Jimmy McWilliams, Robbie Smithwick, Billy Coghill, 65; Bill Davis, Dan Davis, Bill Fletcher, Buzz Rome, 65; Morris (Mo) Redford, Cal Larsin, Tim Moeglein, Mike Boulette, 66; Derrill Weaver, Alan Weaver, Rusty Weaver, Buddy Crowder, 66; Keaton Andrus, Zachary Cowan, Brennen Jackson, Taylor Jackson, 67.

Division B (Handicaps over 70)

Kevin O'Fallon, Phil Turkington, Dave Grove, Lynne Reynolds, 65 (1st place); Dick Cockroft, Dan Murphy, Steve Rich, Curtis Nelson, 66 (2nd place); Gary Dawkins, John Lansing, Paula Crowley, Josh Lansing, 68 (3rd place); Chuck Rider, Chiya Bazan, Roger Jones, Don McGree, 69; Al Dettmer, Rhonda Dettmer, Mike Azzara, Rene Azzara, 69; Paul Ostrander, Max Best, Mark Blanning, Steve Stenga, 69; Dan Leman, Keith Presley, Larry Matson, Charlie Johnson, 72; Gene Skinner, Betty Skinner, Carl Christiansen, Judy Christiansen, 73; George Stein, Bob Lambe, Janice Tudor, Chuck Obendorf, 73; Dean Kvasnikoff, Roger Covey, Gordy Sanborn, Gary Cooper, 75.

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