Coyote gets busy at course

Bird Homestead Golf Report

Posted: Friday, June 22, 2007

Not to be let down, Mr. Coyote has been out two days this week. Tuesday morning he had breakfast with him, a tasty looking vole. I passed on the invitation knowing he needed it more than I do. Hello, again, and welcome to our weekly saga here at Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles down the beautiful Funny River Road, with a phone number of 260-4653. What a beautiful week we have had, and we are so thankful for this warmer weather. The grass is jumping out of the ground and we are truly happy to see that!

Our first tournament of the season was a huge success on Saturday. The Moose Lodge put on a great day. The first-place team consisted of Judi Artman, Dana Bassel, Doug Lentsch and Roy Bird and came in 4-under-par. Second place went to Mark McComsey, Ed Aisenbrey, Allen Dettmer and Bob Roach with 2-under-par. David Cravy, BJ Haas, Connie Haas and Pat Bird came in 3-over to take third-place honors. Longest drive went to Sissy Bird, who, by the way, smashed that ball! Jeff Adamec was long drive hitter for the men, and closest to the pin was Doug Lentsch. No one made the hole in one, but that wasn’t because we didn’t try. The pig roast afterward was great and everyone had a great time. I was even lucky and won a drawing for free body massage. Wahoo!

Couples night is every Friday at 6:30. We are changing the format a little bit due to the amount of people who want to golf but cannot find a partner. So we are going to call it “Double Night.” Come out with or without a partner and we will draw doubles to play each week. So come on out on Friday at 6 p.m., with a tee time at 6:30, and have a good time with a different partner each week.

Ladies night was unbelievably beautiful. We had six ladies, with a new friend from Soldotna. We had two teams of three and decided on a scramble format. Lynne Reynolds, Pat Bird and Marilyn Eskelin won by two strokes and both closest-to-the-pin contests carried over until next week. We are so happy to have new ladies joining us and hope more come out. So remember, Monday evenings at 6 p.m., tee time at 6:30 p.m. We have a great time.

Men’s Night, WOW! Seventeen men, so full of themselves it was almost scary, stepped up to the tee boxes with dreams of the ultimate story to tell to the next unsuspecting soul. Three teams of three and two teams of four. Numbers were drawn and the teams were off and running. The pure birdie continues to be very elusive and carried over again one more week. Long drive was on No. 2 and Jeff Gillman took the honors. What a drive, he was past the corner with a great view of the green. Closest to on No. 6 went to Dave Kimura and No. 8 to Roy Bird. Roy Bird, Mark Hordeman and Dick Galloway took first place this week. The weather was simply unbeatable and the good times were well, what can I say ... after all what more can we ask for? Men’s Night starts Tuesdays at 6 p.m. with tee time to start at 6:30 p.m.

Top of the Hill Gang rang in with seven players on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Dave Kimura gets a little anxious when anyone runs a bit late, he hasn’t quite gotten used to “retirement” yet. Thinks he is on the clock. He had this crew on the tee boxes by 10:10 and they were off. Two teams of two and one team of three. Quite a bit was on the line for the closest to on No. 6. And it is my pleasure to pass on that Judi Artman came within 6 inches of making a hole in one on No. 6. So needless to say she was happy when she got the envelope.

Her partner was Darell Jelsma and he played pretty OK as well. He was on the green, a bit past the pin on his second shot on the par-5 No. 2, but sad to say he didn’t make his eagle putt. So by now you probably know who took first place. Yep, you got it! They got to share their winnings with the silent partner who was drawn when they made it back to the clubhouse. George McDowell was the lucky recipient. Pat Bird took closest to on No. 8. Have you noticed her name quite a bit today? And of course Judi Artman won closest to on No. 6 with her pure birdie. Longest putt carries over. Sunshine and good friends, come on out and join this gang, they have a lot of fun!

We have a lot of help out here with keeping track of your ball. A friend from Kenai was golfing today, went to her cabin on Browns Lake to plant flowers, then came out and enjoyed the beautiful weather with a round of golf. On No. 6 she went over the green and when going to find her ball a raven was picking it and cleaning it for her! The eagles keep us on our toes by trying to snatch the balls off of the fairways, now the ravens are getting in on the fun as well. You never know what you will see out here.

On July 1, we will have our second annual Association String Tournament, followed by a barbecue. I will have more details next week, but if you are interested call the clubhouse. We will be happy to let you know all about the event. We have a lot of fun tournaments coming up, join up for some.

The drive just gets better each time I drive the road to and from the golf course. Test it out for yourselves, you don’t know what you are missing! We had a visitor from Florida last week. He was in awe of the beauty of our little course in the middle of God’s country. And by the way, I would love to put a few different names in the paper next week, come give these guys a challenge. See you on the greens!

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