Kenai Golf Report: Recent rainy weather is paying dividends at Kenai Golf Course

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It appears that the rain dances worked.

We received some very nice showers at the Kenai Golf Course and it shows. The course is in absolutely beautiful condition and I have to thank the golf gods once again for allowing me to pursue some level of (well, I can't exactly call it expertise) golfing "happiness" on the Kenai Peninsula and primarily at the Kenai Golf Course.

It was a shock to realize that our summer is flying by and we are starting to lose daylight now. Yep, Monday was summer solstice -- the longest day of the year.

* My better half and I put down the chain saws long enough to pick up our clubs. During my struggles on the front nine, I had a lot of opportunity to reflect on the game of golf and how closely it resembles life in general -- we don't always (OK, hardly ever) get the results that we hope for and are often presented with unexpected situations. I was attempting to meet these with a sense of humor and some good grace, but for heaven's sake, I never had much of a sense of humor to begin with and I suspect the smile on my face (grimace really) made my better half glad that my chain saw was back in the Caribou Hills. The icing on the cake came when the computer in the pro shop warned me that I was posting a "higher score than usual" and my response was "YOU THINK?" Someone has a rather sadistic sense of humor and I can't help but wonder why I love this game.

* A very special thank you goes out to Bill and Michelle Carver for the great pictures they took during the Hook a Kid on Golf program. Good luck to Jake Eubank and Tyler Yamata in the upcoming Junior Clinic. Welcome home to Derek Crowder and congratulations on a fine golf season in the Lower 48. It was good to see Tom Allison back on the course and it's hoped he will be playing soon. A lot of old friends have been showing up at the KGC; it was good to see Mr. O'Berg and Mr. Gruenfeld back on the course. Johnny D., hang in there. It's bound to get better. Dale S., don't smile too much. Jim Legner, when are you going to give Craig Jung a break?

* The Men's Short Game Clinic scheduled for July 1-2 from 6 to 8 p.m. is going to be here before you know it. Call or stop by soon to get signed up as class size is limited. There is a $35 fee for this clinic.

* General Manager's Report -- It's been another great week at the Kenai Golf Course. I would like to thank everyone who participated in all the special events and would especially like to thank the Kenai Golf Association for sponsoring the Hook a Kid on Golf Program. This is a great program and I have received a lot of positive feedback from parents. Thank you. Stop by the pro shop to take a look at the pictures from this program as well as other activities.

Heidi Watkins said, "Thank you for a great week. I loved driving in the driving range and playing on the course." Jed and Chris Watkins said, "The instructors were great and kept it fun. We appreciate everyone that helped to support this awesome program."

The course is in great condition. With recent rains, everything is growing and the greens are in really good shape. This is one of the best years ever. Chris Kimball continues to make great progress on our practice facility and John Ragan is doing an outstanding job on all the carts. Jerry Norris continues his excellent work on the trails and sand traps.

I would like to thank Derek Crowder for helping with out Junior Golf Program. Tommy Carver, thank you, too, for a job well done. You are doing an excellent job organizing the program.

I would like to thank everyone who helped on the project around hole No. 2. What a big difference this has made. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Kenai Golf Course.

As always, see you on the course.

-- Gordon Griffin

* Fourteen seniors were out bright and early last Tuesday. Keith Stuart shot the low gross while Ron Frison shot the low net. Chris Kimball had the closest to the pin on No. 14. Thank you, Jerry Norris, for running this weekly event.

* The Boys & Girls Club Tournament was held on Friday, with 109 players taking the field. This tournament was sponsored by Central Peninsula Hospital. The Boys & Girls Club staff and volunteers did an excellent job of organizing and running this tournament. Congratulations on a job well done. Great job and thank you to John Ragan -- all 38 carts were rented for this event and had no problems.

Playing on the first-place team, sponsored by XTO Energy, were Ryan Tunseth, Curtis Smith, Nolan Rose and Beau Forrest. Arby's second-place team was comprised of Mike Navarre, Sam McLane, Eldon Mulder and James Armstrong. Rich Edwards, Joe Deveaux, Doug Jung and Ken Liedes were members of the third-place team.

Jack Focose had the closest to the pin on No. 5, Nolan Rose on No. 9, Sam McLane on No. 10 and James Curry on No. 14. Jack Focose had the long drive for the men while Tanya Boedecker had the honors for the ladies.

* The Kenai Elks Lodge 7th Annual Tournament was held on Saturday. Atigun Inc. sponsored the first-place team of Jack Focose, Jerry Focose, Dan Aaronson and Beau Forrest, who shot a gross 64. The second-place team, also sponsored by Atigun Inc., with a gross 66, was made up of Bob Sizemore, Dan Mortenson, Gary Burmley and Gerry O'Laughlin. The team of Alice Kverkvliet, Dave Kverkvliet, Josh Kverkvliet and Wendy Focose, sponsored by Mykel's, came in third place.

Dave Kerkvliet had the closest to the pin on Nos. 5 and 10, Dusty Steinbeck on No. 9 and Jack Focose on No. 14. The long drive competition on No. 2 was won by Deborah Duggin for the ladies while Jack Focose took it for the men. Dan Aaronson had an eagle chip in on No. 2.

* The KGA Monthly Event was held on Sunday. The gross champion was Chris Murray with a 76. The First Division first place winner with a net of 73 was Todd Eskelin. Second place with net 75 was Truckee LeMay. Doug Jung took third place with a net 76. In the Second Division, the first place winner was Jerry Norris with a net 67. Keith Stasek's net of 71 won second place while Jake Eubank's net 73 took third. Closest to the pin on No. 5 was Chris Murray; on No. 9, Jerry Norris; on No. 10, Chuck Rupenthal; on No. 14, Rene Alvarez; and on No. 18, with his second shot, Todd Eskelin.

Congratulations to all who participated in these great events.

* The 2nd Annual Kenai River Brown Bears Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday. Celebrity golfers Jim Kleinsasser and Cullen Loeffler from the Minnesota Vikings will participate. Rounding out June's tournament action is the Ladies EZPZ Tournament scheduled for Sunday.

June is almost over and July is around the corner. This is a crazy, busy time of year, but you must make time for golf at the Kenai Golf Course. I will see you there.

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