The smoke has lifted, the sky is blue and the sun is out in full array! What more can we ask for? Hello again from Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road.
I have quite a bit of news, so forgive me if I talk fast. First on my list is the junior clinic. I slipped last week and did not get the names of the winners for our minitournament. I apologize to the kids. They worked hard and deserve to be recognized. Trayton Bird came in first place; Jordan Wendt was second, only one stroke behind Trayton and a tie for third between Emily Boone and Tesia Wendt. The two who had the most fun were Shelby Bird and Hayden Wendt. Jon Boone was unable to play in the tournament due to stomach flu. We missed him and hope to see all of them back soon.
The Fourth of July is just around the corner and I have a great idea to start the festivities. On Sunday, starting at 10 a.m., we are having our Association String Tournament. This event will be an 18-hole, blind-draw scramble, with the usage of a certain amount of string that can be used on the course to improve your lies (I don't mean golf stories). A barbecue will follow play, along with the golf stories we were talking about earlier. Come on out and meet our association members and enjoy the day with us. More info can be had by calling the course at 260-GOLF (4653).
Another Sunday tournament is coming up on July 15. The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Tournament, sponsored by Stanley Ford, will start at 1 p.m. Registration will close at noon. This is going to be a great time with a lot of fabulous prizes a brand new Ford for a hole-in-one, as well as a number of other giveaways. You will be able to bring your own team as long as there are no more than two A and B players on each team. If you don't have a team, don't fret! There are a lot of people wanting to play who need a team as well. Call the clubhouse for details, we will set you up. A barbecue will follow the event with food and drinks during the play as well. If you want a cart, you need to call the course and reserve one as they usually go quick. Only two carts per team. The proceeds of this function will go to The Food Bank to help those less fortunate. Come out and support this great cause.
I missed ladies night this week. I was able to spend some special time with my grandchildren. I cannot give you any update, no one told me the scoop. So, congrats to whoever won. I will tell you more next week. Come on out on Monday evenings and join us. We just have fun!
Men's night was another huge success. Seventeen men, still full of themselves, came out to challenge the previous week's winners. The end result was two teams tying with an even score. A chip-off on nine resulted in seven players trying two times each and no one I mean, no one got onto the green. So, they moved to the bottom side of the green (so they could maybe go home sometime that night) and Paul Eskelin made it closest to the pin to give his team the win. Ernie Pruett, Eric Pruett, Trevor Hordeman and Paul Eskelin took home the honors. Long drive went to Jeff Gillman for the second week in a row, No. 8 was a holdover. Max Carpenter was closest to on No. 6, 41 feet, six inches, and Daryl Palmer had a pure birdie. That envelope had been held over for a couple of weeks, so he got an extra bonus! The guys have a great time. Come out and challenge these guys on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m.
Wednesday morning Top of the Hill Gang consisted of eight players this week. Four teams of two playing odd holes scramble, even holes best ball. Another chip-off between Dave Kimura and Mike Gardner, and George McDowell and Pat Bird to see who took home the first-place honors. Dave Kimura took the honors to win first place. No. 6 and No. 8 are a carry-over and longest putt went to Darrel Jelsma. July 4 falls on a Wednesday next week, so everyone voted to skip the fourth and will resume the following week, July 11.
Doubles Night started out with three teams. Another tie between Pat Bird and her partner, Greg Harrington, and Allen and Rhonda Dettmer. There was a card-off and they were so close that it took five holes to declare the winners. Allen and I came out on top. Closest to on No. 8 was taken by Greg Harrington and closest to on No. 6 was Rhonda Dettmer. I was lucky because there was a carry-over on that hole. So, dinner was on me Friday. We have a great time out here, so please come and join us at 6 p.m. on Fridays. Remember, you don't need a spouse as a partner. We can set you up or bring someone else.
So, another week of the continuing saga here at the Homestead Course comes to an end. On my way out yesterday, I missed Mr. Coyote, and was introduced to Buster Black Bear (and I'm not talking about our driving range buddies). So black he glistened, one would think you could snuggle right up to them. Maybe not! So, as I have said before, you never know what you may see on the trip out. It's always worth the drive out, and if you don't see any wildlife on the road, just think about the good time you'll have with the Homestead Bunch. Until next week, keep it in the short grass!
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