Birch Ridge Report: Peninsula Amateur set to go

Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2004

Men's Night (out) was another Wednesday's usual suspects gathering. Winning team members Joey Hensley, Josh Lansing, Mike Hollingsworth and Gerald Winkler beat out second placers Guy Hayes, Jay Kriner, Pete Wolfe and Dennis Cork. Ol' Wink was closest-to on No. 6 and won hands down for long drive.

Our recent Best/Rotary Midnight Scramble was filled to capacity. First-place team threesome with 9-under par were Loren Smagge, Sig Casiano and Dave Llewllyn. In a tie for second (via a chip-off) with 8-under par were team members John Bunnell, Rudy Zambronovitz, Tom Janz and Paul Crowley.

Closest-to on hole 6 and 8 for men were George Stein and Gerald Winkler, respectively. For women, Orie Moore was closest-to on No. 6 while Sharon Keating took the honors on No. 8. The long drivers were Keaton Andrus and Paul Crowley.

Monday's seniors didn't let the heat get to them. (Did you think they only played in the rain?) A full cadre of 17 showed up, with Jo Briscoe winning with a low net score of 33. Ray Hambry and Darrel Jelsma were the closest-to recipients on holes 6 and 8.

Our Juniors spent Monday and Tuesday in Anchorage playing in the Eagleglen Junior Golf Tournament, a qualifier for the Junior World Golf Championship, which takes place every July at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. (Did you know that Torrey Pines can boast as having one of the largest on-course golf shops in the nation? We're talkin' shoppin' here.)

Beau Forrest, 14, who plays at both Birch Ridge and Kenai, and plays on the Kenai Junior Ryder Cup team, missed placing first in the 13- to 14-year-old division at Eagleglen by only one stroke. Scoring 160 for the two-day event, Mr. Forrest will still be the lucky fellow to travel to San Diego the first placer will be unable to make it this year (and my apologies for not having his name available at deadline time.)

In the 15- to 17-year-old division, Josh Lansing, placed third while Zack Cowan placed sixth. Needless to say, we're proud of every single one of these juniors. They all have what it takes.

The ladies of Tuesday mornings are enjoying our summer steam. Blind-draw team winners were Nan Weaver, Chiya Bazan and Kathi Nelson. Hole 5 was the blind hole and won by Cheryl Hammarstrom. Jan Stenga won closest-to on hole 8. Next week will be potluck day after a scramble format, so come on out and enjoy them. Handicap is not required.

This Saturday and Sunday is our 31st annual Birch Ridge Peninsula Amateur Golf Tournament. Entry fee is $50 plus greens fees of $50. Season ticket holders are exempt from the greens fees. The price includes 18 holes of golf each day (scratch play flighted by handicap) and an awards barbecue in the pavilion on Sunday.

Men's flights consist of one championship flight and first through fourth flights. Women's flights include one championship and first and second flights. Trophies and gift certificates will be awarded to the lucky winners and runners-up in each flight.

The first day's round can be played either Friday at any time, or on Saturday anytime before 2 p.m., so call and get your tee times lined up. Whether you play Friday or Saturday, that round must be attested to by another tournament player.

Should something come up in your life heaven forbid after you've paid your fees, you must cancel by noon on Friday in order to receive a refund. Listen, even I've played in this tournament before and had great fun. The pressure's all in your own mind, anyway.

Why am I not playing this year? Company coming in from out of state (whew). If you're still not convinced, come out and walk the course with the players and cheer them on. By next year, you'll be the first one to sign up. I guarantee it.

Gotta dash! Between jury duty and cup matches, I can't decide which is more fun. See you on the front nine!

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