Kenai Golf Course

Weather makes for great golf

Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hello, golfers. What a beautiful weekend we just had. Here’s hoping that this nice weather sticks around for a while so that we can enjoy the beautiful Kenai Golf Course, Kenai River, Kenai Peninsula; hmmm, seems that a lot of my favorite things start with Kenai. Coincidence? I think not.

Well if this isn’t enough to get herds of guys out golfing on Men’s Night every Thursday I don’t know what is — free food is provided for all Men’s Night participants. Attention Slope workers, the Kenai Golf Course is now offering a half-price season pass to fit your work schedule. Now that’s a sweet deal! If anyone is interested in sponsoring a hole on the Kenai Golf Course, please contact Gordon Griffin at 283-7500 for details. There are 18 sponsorships available. All sponsorship signs will be professionally designed and the money collected will go toward new and replacement equipment. What a great way to get your business name out there and recognized.

There will be an intermediate golf clinic held for all Hook-a-Kid-on-Golf graduates and juniors with golfing experience that are 10 years or older. The clinic will be taught by our favorite golf pro, Don Moock, on July 23 through July 25. A tournament will follow the clinic on July 26. Please call the pro shop at 283-7500 to sign up.

I was asked to mention Cliff Baker’s name — just for the fun of it (?) — his contribution goes to a good cause. I would really love to know the story behind this comment. Gordon Griffin must have taken Cliff to the cleaners recently!

A Birdie Told Me — Eldon Harvey had consecutive birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 during a recent round.

General Manager’s Report — The beautiful sunny days and warm weather has really helped. The greens are filling in and the fairways and tee boxes are in excellent condition. We made our first fairway and rough cuts this past week, which is about two weeks later than last year. The project behind the green on No. 1 will be complete next week. All the dead spruce and cottonwood trees have been removed and the area will be leveled with top soil and seeded. Thanks to Bill Burtram for a great job. The sand trap on No. 3 is settling down and the number of fried egg lies common the past week should diminish.

The fairways on Nos. 15 and 16 have finally dried out so we are now able to get a mower on those fairways. I would like to thank all the golfers that have been careful in these areas since we opened. The green on No. 14 has also completely dried out and, as usual, is one of our better greens. The green on No. 16 is also in great shape. Last year we enlarged the green at the top and it has filled in really well. The new pin placements afforded by the upper level are exciting and fun to play. (I call them difficult, Gordon!) In the coming week, we will continue to improve the area around the No. 3 green clearing out the stumps and removing a few trees.

Welcome to our newest employee, Adam Miller, who will be taking care of the carts and driving range as well as keeping the grounds around the pro shop in good condition.

I would like to congratulate all the players in the Boys and Girls Club, the Elks and the Masonic Tournaments. The warm weather was a very welcome change.

See you on the course. — by Gordon Griffin

Kenai Cup action for June 13 had the team of Eagles (Noel Widmayer-Tom Allison) over the Toads (Todd Eskelin-Dana Bassel), the G-Men (Jerry Norris-Gary Katsion) took out the Right and Wrong team (Richard Martin-Joe Deveaux), Mulligans (Tom Reese-Greg Duggin) trounced Cliff Baker-Rachelle Brehm, Cliff Vaught-Max Pate stomped The Why No’s (Jack Focose-Gene Diamond), Pat Bowen-Greg Anderson caved to R&R (Randy Kornfield-Andy Anderson), Two Hackers (Bill Davis-Barry Jackman) came out on top over the OFG team (Tom Bennett-Wiley Bennett), and Eldon Harvey-Ryan Harvey beat the Two Duffers (Jack Evans-Bruce Galloway). Standings in the Butch Anderson Division are the Eagles and G-Men tied for first place with Two Hackers and R&R tied for second followed by Toads in third. In the Donny Morgan Division, Vaught-Pate are in first place with Harvey-Harvey in second while Two Duffers and Mulligans are tied for third.

The ladies golf group gathered on Thursday. Two new faces joined the crowd of 10 ladies who participated. Judy Salo won low gross and Mary Starrs-Armstrong had closest to the pin. Lynda Dahlgren and Lisa Delbom tied for fewest putts. Nora Satathite and Nancy Buell tied for the mystery hole. The ladies meet every Thursday at noon so feel free to come out and join the fun.

The Men gathered later that day, kicking off their golf outing at 6 p.m. The team of Cliff Baker, Beau Forrest, Tony Azzara and Richard Martin won the event. Chris Kimball and Jeff Johns had the closest to the pin honors while Beau Forrest and Phil Christenson each had pure birdies. The men play every Thursday evening teeing off at 6 p.m. Call the pro shop to get your name on the list and be there by 5:45 p.m. to participate. And don’t forget that free food!

The Kenai Golf Association monthly event was held on Sunday. Low gross winner was Todd Eskelin. The First Flight winners were — first place, Beau Forrest; second, Derek Crowder; and third, Jesse Wade. The Second Flight winners were — first place, Andy Anderson; second, Cliff Smith; and third, Jeff Johns. The closest to the pin honors were taken by Jesse Wade on No. 5, Dana Bassel on No. 9, Jerry Norris on No. 10 and Derek Crowder on No. 14. Cliff Vaught won the closest to the line.

Tournaments for the remainder of June are the Executive Course Tournament on June 23 and the Rita Botelho Tournament on June 30. There is a full schedule of tournament action coming up in July so be sure to stay tuned for that information next week. As always, sign-up sheets for the tournaments are available in the pro shop. Don’t delay and watch out for those tournament deadlines!

This is a busy time of year and we have the great good fortune to live in one of the most beautiful places in all creation. Get out and enjoy yourselves — hiking, fishing, golfing or whatever your personal preference may be — and enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having (and which I really hope continues). See you on the front nine!

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