Junior Clinic a success

Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hey there, golfers, how's it swinging? We got the rain that Gordon had been wishing for and all we need now is more sunshine to go with it. I hope the sprinkles did not put too much of a damper on your Father's Day festivities and all you daddies out there had a wonderful day -- it is definitely well deserved.

The first of the Junior Clinics was held last week from June 15-17 with 13 participants -- Tristan Landry, Max Dye, Mikeela Pitsch, Rylie Fields, Devin Petersen, Courtney Johnston, Samuel Madden, Caleb Suominen, Issac Meese, Ryan Williams, Ben Barton, Ryan Roberts and Matthew Zorbas. The clinic ran daily from 9 to 11 a.m. and was instructed by Ryan Gluth. Everyone had a great time and really improved their golf skills. The next junior clinic will be held from July 13-14, and on July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Interested players should stop by the KGC pro shop to sign up or call 283-7500 to get your name on the list. The fee for the clinic is $50.

The General Manager's Report -- It was great to see so many people on the course this week. I would like to thank all those who participated in the Boys and Girls Club, Elks and the KGA tournaments the past weekend. Great fun was had by all and the competition was outstanding.

Next weekend we have Rita's Tournament scheduled for Saturday. I would like to encourage as many as possible to participate in this event. Rita Botelho was a very special person. She did a lot for the Kenai Golf Course over the years. She is missed. Each year the tournament is presented to honor her and her family for all of their contributions. See you this weekend.

I would like to again introduce our new teaching profession, Rich Lundahl. He is an excellent instructor. Did I mention that he holds the record for the Kenai Golf Course with a 66? If you would like to take lessons, please give us a call.

Work continues around hole No. 3. We are removing stumps and hauling in top soil to fill in the area. Bill Burtram is determined to complete this project soon.

I would like to thank Dwight Kramer for all the work he has done around the course the last few weeks. I also would like to thank Jerry Norris for his work.

As always, see you on the course.

- Gordon Griffin

The Senior League gathered Tuesday morning, June 16 with 12 players pitting their skills against each other. Jesse Wade had the low gross score of 40 while Pat Bowen had low net with a 33.

The Kenai Cup competition continues to heat up with the current action on Wednesday, June 17. The Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Dan, sub) soundly defeated the G&G Team (Gordon and Mark Griffin). The G-Men (Jerry Norris/Pat Bowen, sub) were well in front of the Metsox (Derek Kaufman/Andy Hanson) as were those R&R boys (Randy Kornfield/Jim Zirul, sub). The Back Page Team (Greg Harrington/Joe Deveaux, sub) also won a solid match against the Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway).

R&R's (Rich Edwards/Randy Kornfield) win has moved them into first place with a narrow one-point lead over the G&G Team (Gordon and Mark Griffin). Third place is held by the Back Page Team (Greg Harrington/Daryl Palmer). It's anybody's guess how this competition could turn out. These guys can play some really good golf and it should prove to be a very exciting season.

The Boys & Girls Club Tournament on Friday, June 19 raised almost $30,000 for the organization and had an excellent turn out with 27 teams competing in the best-ball scramble. The tournament had an interesting format -- rather than using handicaps, each team was issued a Frisbee that each team member could use once on the front and once on the back to advance the ball or improve the lie, anywhere on the course. However, the Frisbee could not be used to advance the markers for longest putt, closest to or long drives. The Frisbee toss also did not count as a stroke!

The first-and-second-place teams were decided by a card back since they tied at 15 under. The first-place team was sponsored by the Pebble Project -- Rich Edwards, Kirk Hyman, Tommy Carver and Brenda Ahlberg were the power hitters for Pebble. The second-place team members were Truckee LeMay, Derek Kaufman, Andy Hanson and Chris Murray. Third-place team members, at 14-under, were Rachelle Thompson, Cliff Baker, Roy Wells and Mick Wykis. The long drive for women was won by Rachelle Thompson and by Jeff Selinger for the men. The longest putt on hole No. 9 went to Cliff Baker and Mark Griffin put his ball closest to the pin on hole No. 5.

There were LOTS of sponsors and people involved in this event, unfortunately too many to recognize here, but please keep an eye out for the thank you ad that will be upcoming in the Clarion. I would like to recognize the following sponsors, though -- the event sponsor was the Central Peninsula Hospital, Country Foods sponsored the barbecue and Carr's Safeway the breakfast, and Arby's Foundation was the ball-sleeve sponsor. Thank you to these organizations and all the other businesses and people who did their part to make this event another outstanding success. Children are the future and the Boys & Girls Club organization helps our kids on their way. Thanks also to all the people who participated in the tournament.

The KGA Monthly Event was held on Sunday. Chris Morin took the low-gross award. The First Flight had Rich Edwards in first place, Jim Bradford in second and Gordon Griffin in third. In the Second Flight, Chris Murray took first place, Jerry Norris was in second and Charlie Kahakauwila in third. The Third Flight had Kirk Hyman in first, Andy Anderson in second and Randy Kornfield in third. Closest-to-the-pin awards were won by Jim Bradford for hole No. 5, Kirk Hyman on hole No. 9, Truckee LeMay on hole No. 10, Mike Houghton on hole No. 14 and Cliff Smith on hole No. 18. Skins in the First Flight went to Rene Alvarez, Jim Bradford, Jesse Wade and Gordon Griffin with one skin apiece, while Rich Edwards had two. Second-Flight skins went to Chris Murray, Derek Kaufman and Bill Davis -- all winning one. And the Third-Flight skins went to Kirk Hyman, who won five, and Mike Houghton, who won one.

Don't forget that the Rita's Tournament is coming up on Saturday. There is a full month of tournament action slated for July starting with the Alliance Tournament on July 11, the KGA Monthly Event on July 12, The Firefighters on July 18, the United Way on July 25 and the Ladies-Only EZPZ on July 26.

Information for all these events, as well as the weekly events and the upcoming Junior and Ladies clinics, is available in the pro shop. Stop by soon and check it out.

Happy golfing! I will see you at the Kenai Golf Course.

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