Bird in bloom

Bird Homestead Golf Report

Posted: Friday, June 30, 2006

A fine hello to all Divot-heads! Another week has passed here at Bird Homestead. Would like to give you all an update on our resident moose, Bullwinkle, but he seems to be on vacation this week. We do, however, have a multitude of butterflies and our flowers are coming into bloom in our half-barrels. May not be as inspiring as a Bullwinkle update, but there’s something to be said for bloomin’ flowers, eh?

The rain on Monday may have helped with the flowers; unfortunately, it did nothing for ladies night. Due to the cold and rain, ladies night was a wash. Here’s hoping next Monday will be warmer with a slight breeze like our Tuesday evening men’s night was.

The guys must have been telling their bosses and wives some tall tales to get them out to the course Tuesday. Several men showed up nearly an hour early this week. Ernie Pruett and sons, Eric Pruett and James Musgrove, came in and shot a bucket of balls prior to play. Paul Eskelin and Jeff Gillman hopped in a cart and played the first two holes to loosen up. Everyone was happy to see John Brewer back this week, and Russ Thompson returned for his second round with our regulars. Russ got lucky and paired with Dave Kimura for a second time, but not lucky enough to bring in the winning score. Dave said he will have to settle for a shot at winning the trivia question for a second time. More on that later.

Richard Harmon was this week’s big winner, taking closest to the pin on the eighth as well as being on the winning team along with Ernie and Eric Pruett. Closest to the pin on six will roll over until next week. Roy Bird took the longest drive back from Dick Galloway, who was not in attendance this week but promised to return next week and give Roy a run for his money. Mark Hordeman asked what he and his team of Gary Effenbeck and Marty Radvansky won for their plus-7 score. I’ve decided they get the “Subbed the Putter” award for the week. Nice try Mark!

Don’t miss this one! The Bird Homestead Golf Association’s string tournament is this Sunday. This will be a nine-hole, blind draw, best ball scramble where each team is given 20 feet of string which can be used to move the progress of the ball anywhere on the course except on the green. There will also be mulligans at a cost of $5, limit one. The first-place team wins gift certificates for the best subs in town thanks to Jersey Subs. I personally am a big fan of the BBQ pork! There will be prizes for closest to the pin on six and eight, including free rounds of golf at the Bird, sleeves of balls, gloves and golf pins. The longest drive winner on the ninth hole will win a half day King salmon charter on the Kenai, donated by hole sponsor Alaska Sportfishing Adventures. That prize has quite a few folks chompin’ at the bait and polishing up their drivers.

Good luck to all who enter this tournament. Registration is $35 up until Saturday, $40 on Sunday. Sign-up ends at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. The Association would like to remind everyone who wishes to establish a true handicap, golfers can belong to more than one association. Scores can be entered into the GHIN program at the pro shop as members or as guests from another course. For more information, contact the course at 260-GOLF.

The third annual Quilters Tournament will be held on July 8. This tournament is going to be a hoot! There will be some irregularities to this 18-hole tournament including: the use of a hockey stick as your putter or pool que on one hole; a potty seat pin on another green; and one free toss of the ball rather than club shot. Great Bear Ford has donated a truck to anyone shooting a hole-in-one on No. 6, which will also be the betting hole for closest to the pin. You’ve gotta love those crazy quilters.

This tournament is also a blind draw, best ball scramble, but four-person teams can enter as long as the team consists of A, B, C and D players. Teams that are not blind-drawn will not be eligible for prizes. Plus it’s not as much fun! Registration is $50 which includes lunch after golf as well as a live auction. Sign up ends at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9.

Congratulations go out to Mark Hordeman for winning this week’s trivia question. Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to reach $1 million in career earnings on the PGA tour in 1967. A free sleeve of Ultra balls is yours, Mark.

This week’s question: In what year did the first nationally televised golf tournament air? A.) 1947 B.) 1953 C.) 1958 D.) 1962

Until next week, may your putts be free of stymies and the traps stay raked.

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