The weather has been wonderful and very conducive to playing golf.
Us less fortunate souls destined to work in an office building or similar situation feel the agony when we open the curtains, see the sun shining and know we will NOT be at the golf course that day. The fortunate ones -- most notably the juniors and seniors or those working at the golf course -- are envied by many.
For the juniors, their playing days could be limited as they progress in life; for the seniors, they have paid their dues and served their time. May they enjoy golf to its fullest and have a long, healthy, happy life.
And if your golfing and the weather is good, you should be happy!
Things have been busy at Birch Ridge. The grounds crew continues to work hard to get rid of the winter burn. There is progress being made with green sprouts continuing to pop up. And the weekend tournaments have begun.
Nineteen teams turned out to play this year on an absolutely beautiful day. The team of Steve Dexheimer, Mike Rose, Nolan Rose and Nick Horn walked away with first place in the A Division with a 12-under. Showing their skill at driving, chipping and putting, this team blew away the field with the next closest competitors at 8-under.
There were two playoffs to determine second place in the A Division and first place in the B Division.
Using the playoff format, the fourth hole hosted the teams vying for second place in the A Division. With masterful chipping and putting, the team of Mike Chenault, Rusty Weaver, Derrill Weaver and Alan Weaver overtook Doug Marshall, Tom Reese, Bob Nelson and Bill Stamps.
The third hole hosted the playoff to determine the winner of the B Division. After 18 holes, tied at 67, Sam McLane, Carolyn Turkington, Jerry Maddox, and Carl Maki took home first-place honors over the team of Ron Carlson, Ray Hamby, Emil Johnson and Bruce Galloway.
Once again, taking home the red lantern award and not using an eraser on the score card was that ever-accurate team of Chuck Obendorf, George Stein, Janice Tuter and Bob Lambe.
Complete team results can be found at the end of this column.
The junior program continues next Monday with the advanced class. Tom Walsh, Birch Ridge's Head Pro, will direct and supervise this program and provide some individual instruction. Classes will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and last for one week.
On June 29 there will be a tournament and barbecue. For further details contact Tom at 262-5270.
Kenai Peninsula golfers did well at the Alaska Junior Golf Association tournament at Settler's Bay on Monday. Once again, the boys competing in the 15-17 age group did exceptionally well.
Out of 20 players, Nick Horn (85) placed third and Matt Matarrese (86) placed fourth. Ben Davis of Anchorage won the division shooting a sensational 75.
Another local junior golfer competing in this age bracket was Tony Azzara (99).
In the 13-14 bracket, there were 16 players and our local Josh Lansing placed second (89) while Brennan Jackson (97) and William Van Hoose (136) also competed.
Peninsula golfers also placed in the boys 10-12 with eight young men competing. Taylor Jackson (50) placed third behind Kyler Johnson (43) and Rhowe Stefanski (48).
These boys as well as others will compete again next week at an AJGA tournament at Moose Run in Anchorage. For those who might be interested, there are girls brackets, but the young ladies from the peninsula have yet to compete.
To find out more on junior tournaments or other developments visit the AJGA web site at www.alaskajuniorgolf.org.
Playing the back nine, Chiya Bizan continues to dominate the master seniors on Tuesday mornings. With low net the game of choice, it was said there were no surprises. Chiya carded a low-net round with an astounding 33 1/2 followed closely by Jerry Norris in second with a 34.
Closest to the pin on No. 15 was Don McGhee and on No. 17 was Roger Jones. Longest putt this week was on No. 18 where Chiya made her 4-footer to ace out Gordy Briscoe by maybe 6 to 8 inches.
Seniors tee off at 9 a.m. with an 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. check-in time.
Dan Murphy, Bob Sizemore, Mike Hollingsworth and Darrel Jelsma paired up to shoot a 6 under at Men's Night to overcome 32 other distinguished competitors. Sam McLane topped the field in garnering long drive while Don Moock showed how to serve it up with closest to on No. 6 and John Starrs delivered on No. 8 to within 9 feet, 3 inches.
In celebration of Sam and Jeri Best's wedding anniversary, as well as Summer Solstice, the Best/Rotary Midnight Scramble will be this Saturday. Contact the Pro Shop at 262-5270 to sign up and for further details.
The American Red Cross Tournament will be on July 7. Contact the Red Cross at 262-4541 or Birch Ridge to sign up. This is a great tournament and benefits the entire community.
June Scramble Results
Division A -- 1. Steve Dexheimer, Mike Rose, Nolan Rose, Nick Horn; 2. Mike Chenault, Rusty Weaver, Derrill Weaver, Alan Weaver; 3. Doug Marshall, Tom Reese, Bob Nelson, Bill Stamps. 4. Darell Jelsma, Mike Hollingsworth, Paul Buxton, Charlie Weimer; 5. Bob Sizemore, Joe Blanchard, Drew Kriner, Jay Kriner; 6. Dean Alt, Wendy Alt, Jim McWilliams, Rob Smithwick; 7. Jennifer Cowan, Pat Cowan, Bill Frazer, Gerald Winkler; 8. Dave Stein, Duke Mattison, Dave Keating, Dan Murphy; 9. Phil Turkington, Kevin O'Fallon, Lynne Reynolds, Dave Grove; 10. Scott Jackson, Brennan Jackson, Taylor Jackson, Zack Cowan.
Division B -- 1. Jerry Maddox, Carolyn Turkington, Sam McLane, Carl Maki; 2. Ray Hamby, Ron Carlson, Emil Johnson, Bruce Galloway; 3. Ardie Crawford, Chick Kishbaugh, Mike Feezel, Brian Butts; 4. Gary Dawkins, John Lansing, Paula Crowley, Gary Stackhouse; 5. Rodney Boyles, Tom Stepnoski, Ed Marsh, Paul Nelson; 6. Al Dettmer, Tony Azzara, Rhonda Dettmer, Mike Azzara; 7. Carl Christiansen, Judy Christiansen, Gene Skinner, Betty Skinner; 8. Paul Ostrander, Max Best, Mark Blanning, Steve Stenga; 9. Chuck Obendorf, George Stein, Janice Tuter, Bob Lambe.
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