The Kenai Golf Course has been humbled once again by a couple of golfers who recorded hole-in-one shots.
Thursday evening, while playing in the men's scramble, John Davis used his six iron to delight his teammates with a hole in one on No. 5. It was the first hole in one for the longtime golfer.
His teammate, Phil Ivarie, also got an eagle on the par-4 seventh hole. Way to go guys -- great shots.
On Friday evening Postal Pete Sprague also got his first hole in one on No. 14.
These are the first recorded hole-in-one shots of the season. Their names will go on the clubhouse hole-in-one trophy.
Congratulations on those great shots!
The ladies had another enjoyable evening of golf. A light rain threatened but the gals headed for the tees at 6 p.m. The team carding a terrific score of 35 and taking first place included Nora Satathite, Lori McComsey, Pam Martinez and Judy Buffington.
Taking second place with a score of 38 were Kim Foley, Ginger McGirk, Paula Crowley and Glenda Wentworth.
Closest to the pin on No. 5 went to Nora Satathite, who placed her shot just 8 feet, 1 inch from the pin.
Before the ladies started the scramble Bill Engberg, the Kenai Golf Course Pro, held a clinic for the ladies. It was well attended and the ladies were pleased with the help of the clinic.
The competition is getting tougher and tougher each week for the men. This week there were three teams entering the clubhouse with a 3-under.
The teams had a chip-off on No. 9 to decide the winner. John Davis got the cheers from his teammates once again since his chip garnered first place for the team.
What a night John Davis experienced -- a hole in one and the closest chip in the chip-off. The first-place team also included Chuck Johnson and Phillip Ivarie. The team taking second place included Dustin Jung, Rob Smithwick and Dan Sganbati.
Closest to the pin on No. 9 was Felix Martinez at 4 feet, 6 inches. Of course, John Davis got the closest to the pin on No. 5 with his hole in one.
The slugger of the week was once again Nick Chaisson on No. 7. That Nick can hit some mighty long balls.
The second week of play in the Kenai Cup was completed. This week the Eastern Division winners were the Mike Morse-Phil Stefanides team, the Tom Reese-Greg Duggin team and the Carol Morgan-Dick Morgan team.
The match between Jack Evans-John Palm and Travis Schreiner-Don Schreiner will be decided by a ruling from the USGA.
The winners in the Western Division were the Don Morgan-Dale Sandahl team, while the match between the teams of Doug Haralson-Dwight Kramer and Rich Edwards-Noel Widmayer ended in a tie.
The winners in the Northern Division were the Butch Anderson-Billy Applewhite team, the Andy Anderson-Ron Rozak team and the Pam Martinez-Felix Martinez team.
The winners in the Southern Division were the Dave Ramsey-Ed Marsh team, the Ed Badten-Ernie Beals team, the Jim Legner-Craig Jung team and the Tom Allison-Mark Azzara team.
The third week of competition will be played out today.
The Tri-Club Ray Husby Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Saturday. The shotgun start gets under way at 8 a.m.
The event is sponsored by the Elks, Moose and American Legion. The proceeds go to several worthy local causes.
The tournament will follow an 18-hole scramble format with teams to be drawn prior to the shotgun start. Lots of golf, food, sunshine, pars and birdies, prizes and fun are in store for the day. Get your sign-up sheet at the clubhouse.
Ladies Morning Golf
Once again the ladies have indicated an interest in playing golf one morning a week at a certain time. Please let it be known if you are interested and the best day to have such an event.
It would be tee times and the play may vary some. The format may be to play your own game, match play or whatever the group desires.
Last season the play was on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 and 9:40. It would be great to get it started as soon as the gals agree on the day and the time.
There will be a second session of golf lessons and play days for all junior golfers. Each session consists of five skill camps and five play days.
The second session starts on June 27 and runs through July 19. Please call the clubhouse and get your junior signed up -- the spots are going fast.
All ages and skill levels are taken into consideration. The groups are 8- and 9-year-olds, 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds, and golfers ages 13 and up will have their own sessions.
The dates for the session are June 27, 28, 29, July 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. Each group meets at a different time. Call 283-7500 for the exact starting times.
Coed Golf is played each Monday from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Just call in your tee time and show up for the event.
You may play a different team each night. The emphasis is on enjoyment and awards are given to the team with the fewest putts and a mystery total hole score.
This week the team with the fewest total putts was the Rome team of Patty and Buzz with a total of 33 putts for the 9 holes. The team with the lowest total score on No. 4 was the Andy Anderson-Judy Buffington team.
It was a bit chilly and next time Judy will have her long johns ready just in case she decides to play again.
Golfers are always striving to improve their scores. Eagles and birdies are not easy to record.
How about the golfer who is on the back nine when he spots an eagle swooping down several times to have a closer look at some baby ducks the mama duck is trying to hide?
While the eagle is checking out dinner, the eagle spots a newly landed ball, goes to investigate the ball and picks up the ball, mouths it, shakes it around, drops it and then stands guard over the ball.
That is about as close to an eagle as most of us get.
Please feel free to share your golfing stories with me. I enjoy them and my readers do, too.
See you on the back nine.
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