Birch Ridge Report

Dog-leg days of summer

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2000

Golf season is in full swing, but I managed to find some time to sit down with Pat Cowan a couple of days ago and talk about some of the things that have happened at the course this year.


As some of you may know, John and Jane Tongen retired to Bogie Court this year and have become permanent fixtures around the course. One week after retiring and moving here, John recorded an ace on No. 8.

A couple of weeks later, John was playing in a Birch Ridge Cup Match with Zach Cowan, who was substituting for his papa, Pat. They were playing the father-son team of Mark and Matt Mattaresse.

John and Zach were six strokes ahead going into hole No. 8. After everyone teed off, Matt was close but Mark's ball wasn't found -- until Matt looked in the cup.

Mark had holed his tee shot and Matt sunk a birdie putt and left hole No. 8 one stroke behind John and Zach.

Using this momentum, the father-son team won the match by one stroke. Mark has a great comeback tale associated with his hole in one and John has a bittersweet tale involving two holes in one on the same hole.

Some more reasons why we play this game!

Travel & Leisure Magazine's Golf Edition

Birch Ridge was host to a foursome of golfers representing Travel & Leisure Magazine for a Golf Edition to be published in the near future.

The gentleman were: Geoffrey Norman, Vermont; Ted Crossman, Anchorage; Daryl Visscher, New York; and Tom Tavee,New York. They enjoyed nine holes of golf, spent time talking with Pat and Myrna, and took some great pictures. I also think they were introduced to "Alaska Rough," yet seemed to really enjoy themselves.

What a job! Traveling around, playing golf and writing about the experience!

Rotary (Best) Midnight Sun Scramble

The father of this tournament, Sam Best, was back playing and organizing this fun tournament.

This year's tournament featured 52 golfers teeing off early in the evening in celebration of the Midnight Sun and a wedding anniversary party (but that's another story).

As the daylight -- and some of the golfers -- faded, two teams were left tied at 63. A chip-off on No. 18 was in order and the team of Jim Denny, Carole Enders, and Bill and Ann Windsor went first. Jim put a ball about seven feet from the hole.

The other team of Sharon Keating, Ryan Keating, John Lansing, and Nick Horn were next to chip. Nick was last to chip and put a ball inside Denny's shot to win the tournament -- an exciting finish to a fun evening of golf and friendship.

Long drive winner was Jim Denney; closest to the pin on No. 6 was Richard Atuk (22.5 inches); and Ray Hamby was closest to the pin on No. 8.

June 19 Seniors

Seven players gathered on an overcast day and played a three-club round, using just a putter and two other clubs.

Roger Jones shot a 44 to win while John Horwath was real close on No. 8 and sank the longest putt. Chuck Rider had the fewest putts.

No word yet on the favorite club of the golfers.

Monday's Seniors

Scramble was the name of the game and 14 golfers played. The team of Jo Briscoe, Clair Schadle and Chuck Obendorf scored 33 to win.

Chuck was close on No. 6 and Jo was close on No. 8. Don McGhee prevented a clean sweep by the team when he sank the longest putt.

Men's Night

Another good showing of 40 men played the scramble format of Men's Night.

Shooting 4-under-par was the team of Tom Walsh, Nick Horn, Bob Sizemore and Kevin Stalker. Joe Blanchard boomed a long drive, Ray Hamby was close on No. 6 and Nick Horn was close on No. 8.

Ladies' Morning Glories

The game on this wet and soggy day was Four-Lady Best Ball.

Shooting 40 and winning was the team of Chiya Bazan, Pat Bird, Louise Schadle and Helen Chenault.

Helen was closest on No. 6 and Lynne Reynolds was closest on No. 8. Lynne and Chiya tied with the fewest putts. I believe that some rain gear was sold after the round to some soggy players.

Junior Golf

Settler's Bay Golf Course hosted the PGA Junior Qualifying Tournament this last Monday. At stake was the opportunity to participate in the PGA Sectional Tournament in Sand Point, Idaho at the end of July.

Once again, the junior golfers of the peninsula made a great showing at this event. The age groups were divide between boys and girls ages 16 to 17, 14 to 15, 12 to 13, and 11 and under.

Nick Horn shot 83 to finish second in the Boys 14 to 15 bracket and earn a spot in the PGA Sectional.

Scores and places:

Boys 16 to 17 -- Nolan Rose, 6th, 90; Travis Schriener, 10th, 101.

Boys 14 to 15 -- Nick Horn, 2nd, 83; Matt Mattaresse, 4th, 88; Tony Azzarra, 4th, 88.

Boys 12 to 13 -- Joshua Lansing, 2nd, 86; Brennen Jackson, 9th, 102; Ben Tikka, 9th, 102; Zachery Cowan, 10th, 106.

Boys 11 and under -- Taylor Jackson, 4th, 45.

Another great showing by our juniors. Give them encouragement but no strokes!

Upcoming Events

The NBA Senior Skins Game is coming back on Tuesday, July 18th a 6 p.m. Watch our pro Tom Walsh compete in the Skins Game with Senior PGA Pros. Enjoy BBQ and stories after the game. Call the pro shop for tickets.

Family Tournament

This format allows for family members at least one generation apart to play 18 holes in the following format, six holes Scotch Doubles, six holes Best Ball, and six holes Scramble. Call now to register for this unique tournament.

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