Birch Ridge Report: Seniors swingin' out of rain

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2002

The weather decided to cooperate and not rain on our Monday Senior League parade. In fact, it was really nice for the 14 contestants who showed up to challenge each other in another low net contest. Taking the honors for the top spot was Ray Hamby, who shot a great net 31. Coming in closely behind him was Chiya Bazan, who shot a great net 32. Great games, you two!!

Next were the two par-3, closest-to-the-pin winners with Don McKendry's drive leaving him with a 20-foot putt on No. 6 and Dave Stein with only a 12-foot putt, which he successfully made for his birdie, on the eighth hole. This week the longest putt was made by John Roderick on No. 4 -- approximately an 8- to 10-foot putt. It was not a piece of cake, but it was enough to take the money home.

Check-in time remains the same next week -- about 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. with play starting around 9 a. m. Come out and join us.

On June 17 for Senior League, it was a foggy and chilly Monday, but this didn't stop the ever-growing number of seniors who turned out to begin the week in fashion with a game of golf. We had 17 members turn out on Monday -- adding at least two to three contestants a week.

The games once again were low net, closest to the pin on our two par-3s and longest putt on No. 5. Claiming the honor on No. 6 was Gordon Briscoe, whose drive was 14 feet from the hole. On No. 8 the winner was George Collum, who put his drive about 35 feet from the hole. Don McGhee sank a 5-foot putt to claim the dollars on No. 5.

With our attendance growing, we are paying a first and second place for our game of the day -- low net. First place goes to Jerry Norris with a low net of 31, while Chuck Rider came in close behind him for second place with a 31.5 net score. Check-in time remains at 8:15 p.m. with the first group teeing off around 8:45 p.m. Any interested Birch Ridge senior is MOST welcome to join us by just showing up at this time.

The summer is flying by, so join us while there is still time. See you on the course next week for a great nine holes.

Men's League

Eagles are commonly seen flying around the course, but Kyle Hall had his very own eagle on No. 9. It was an eagle which his teammates Dan Murphy and Joel Patrick appreciated. Dan was closest on the eighth hole, Don McGhee was closest on the sixth hole and Drew Kriner had the longest drive on No. 7. Men's League continues every Wednesday night with check-in at 6 p.m.

Morning Ladies League

We should name this Pat Bird's day! Pat was on the winning team with Chiya Bazan, Lynne Reynolds and Paula Hite. Pat also had the longest drive on No. 7, had the fewest putts and was closest to the pin on the sixth hole. Way to go, Pat! Morning Ladies League play continues every Tuesday with check-in at 9:30 a.m. and tee off at 10:00.

Pro-Am Tournament

Tom Walsh took a team to Settlers Bay for a pro-am tournament Monday. Competing with Tom were Pat Cowan, Jim McWilliams, Mo Redford and Dave Kerkvliet. Tom shot a 71 and tied for second with John McBride from Fairbanks. James Contreras shot a 66 to win. Jim McWilliams took second place with a low net of 64. Tom also captured the long drive for the day.

Alaska Junior Golf Association

The Alaska Junior Golf Association's competition continued as the four juniors from the Kenai Peninsula played at Eagleglen Golf Course this past Monday. Nick Horn shot rounds of 75 and 72 to win by four strokes and Tony Azzara tied for third with rounds of 73 and 79. Also participating were Matt Matarrese (79,75) and Josh Lansing (86, 90). Additional details on the Alaska Junior Golf Association tournaments can be found at the Web site at or by contacting the pro shop at 262-5270.

Get out and enjoy the weather by golfing with a friend. Birch Ridge Golf Course offers specials every Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday is member guest day and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. is two-for-one day. Call the pro shop at 262-5270 for details and to reserve your tee time.

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