Kenai Golf Report

Take nothing for granted

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hello, Golfers. I wonder if everyone was as amazed and appalled by the pictures of the Caribou Hills fire as I was. I have spent a little time snowmachining in the hills and have been a guest in several different cabins, which have ranged in style and design from rather rustic to very nice. And while it is always sad to see the destruction of the property and belongings of our friends and neighbors, it is even more sobering to consider the risk of life and limb of all the people who are participating in the firefighting effort. We all know about the risks of fire this time of year and almost anywhere you look there is evidence of beetle kill spruce. This is a grim reminder to us all to be especially careful performing even the most simple of tasks. And we should be extremely grateful to all those people who are involved in the effort to control the Caribou Hills fire.

There will be two classes offered for Junior Golfers, ages 8 to 17, in July. The first is for beginning golfers and will be taught by Gordon Griffin. The class will run from 9 to 11 a.m. on July 912. The class size is limited to eight participants and will cost $50 for the four-day session.

The intermediate session will be taught by Don Moock on July 23 26 from 8 to 10 a.m. This class will also cost $50 for the four-day session. Students who enroll in the beginning class are encouraged to enroll in the intermediate session as well. Gordon Griffin will also be offering a Women’s Golf Clinic on July 9-12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The fee for this class is $50 for the four-night session. Please call 283-7500 or stop by the pro shop to sign up for any of these clinics.

A Birdie Told Me — Seems I narrowly missed witnessing a hole in one on Sunday. I had stopped by the course to pick up some information for the column and Debbie Griffin told me that Walt Krieger had just had an ace on No. 10. Wouldn’t you know it ... that’s probably as close as I will ever get to a hole in one! Congratulations!

General Manager’s Report

Much needed rain greeted us this past week. We anticipated that the weather report would be correct and fertilized the entire course just in time. Good job, Bill Burtram and crew.

Work continues around hole No. 15. The grass is starting to grow in the newly cleared and reconstructed areas. In the near future, the tree overhanging the green will be removed and a protective sand trap will be constructed on the left side to prevent balls from going into the woods (wonder if that will work?). The stump and grass bunker on the left side will be removed and new sod will be placed around the sand trap eliminating the hard pan created by the old cart path. We are looking forward to these changes which should really improve the play around that green.

Hole No. 3 will continue to see additional renovations in the next few weeks as we continue to clear brush and dead trees which will improve the playability of this hole. Additional gravel has been added to the cart path on hole No. 1. Grass is starting to grow on the cleared area behind the green and it is starting to shape up very nicely.

The course is continuing to improve on a daily basis. New grass is coming in and will continue to mature throughout the season.

I sincerely hope you are having a great golf season. Please drop by and share your stories with us in the pro shop.

See you on the course.

Gordon Griffin

The results of Kenai Cup play for Wednesday, June 20 is as follows: the team of R&R (Dwight Kramer/Randy Kornfield) won their match over the Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison), while the team of Pat Bowen and Greg Anderson spanked The Why No’s team (Jack Focose/Gene Diamond). Right and Wrong (Richard Martin/Joe Deveaux) narrowly edged out the team of Cliff Vaught and Max Pate as did the team of Eldon and Ryan Harvey over the Mulligans (Tom Reese/Greg Duggin). The Toads (Todd Eskelin/Dana Bassel) tied with those Two Hackers (Barry Jackman/Andy Anderson, sub.). The Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway) barely squeaked by the team of Cliff Baker (Charlie Waguespack, sub.) and Rachelle Brehm as did the OFG team (Tom Bennett and Wiley Bennett, sub.) over the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion).

Standings for the Kenai Cup are now: in the Butch Anderson Division: a three-way tie for first place between the teams of Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison), G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) and R&R (Rich Edwards/Randy Kornfield) with Two Hackers (Bill Davis/Barry Jackman) in second and Toads (Todd Eskelin/Dana Bassel) in third. Standings in the Donny Morgan Division has the team of Eldon and Ryan Harvey in first place, Cliff Vaught and Max Pate in second, and Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway) in third.

Eleven women gathered for their weekly event on Thursday, June 21, just before noon. Terri Cramer won closest to the pin on hole No. 5. Nancy Buell and Kathy Herring shared honors for low gross score while Nora Satathite had the fewest putts and Terri Carroll, Denise Cox and Mary Armstrong shared the mystery hole. The ladies meet every Thursday and extend their warmest welcome to anyone wishing to join the outing.

The guys got it together for a friendly competition later that day. The team of Chris Kimball, Barry Jackman, Ruben Carrasco and Jeff Johns came in first while the team of Justin Hermann, Caleb Sizemore, Don Moock and Derek Crowder came in second. Derek Crowder and Joe Bryant had closest to the pin on holes No. 5 and No. 9, respectively, while Ruben Carrasco took the long drive honors.

Anyone wishing to join either the ladies or the men, please call the pro shop at 283-7500 or be at the course by 11:45 a.m. for the ladies group and 5:45 p.m. for the men. Everyone is welcome to join the fun.

Don’t forget that the Rita Botelho Tournament is coming up on Saturday and there is a full schedule of tournament action coming up in July — Saturday, July 7, the Firefighters; Saturday, July 14, the Alliance; Sunday, July 15, the KGA Monthly Event; Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, the Butch Anderson Senior Open: Saturday, July 28, the United Way; and Sunday, July 29, the Par 3. With all these great tournaments to choose from, there’s something to suit everyone. Don’t forget to watch out for those deadlines, though, so be sure to stop by the pro shop and get signed up.

See you on the driving range!

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