Birch Ridge Golf Report: Pink Ribbon Rally raises money for breast cancer

Posted: Thursday, July 01, 2010

The continuous rain on Sunday did not deter 75 women from showing their support and turning out to play in the Pink Ribbon Rally to raise money to support the fight against breast cancer. Besides team prizes, there were a myriad of individual prizes including counting the number of flamingos and flowers in a jar, and closest to the pink ribbon circle.

Nineteen teams competed and the scores were competitive. In the end the team of Tanna Chenault, Teresa Sibolboro, Christy Weaver and Nan Weaver had the low round for the day. The Mystery Team, which is of course a mystery, was Marlene Byerly, Lynda Dahlgren, Trena Richardson and Connie Wheat.

Each hole had an activity beginning on the first hole with team pictures. The second hole was the closest drive to the pink line. Janet St. Clair had a fantastic drive putting the ball almost directly on the line.

At the third hole, everyone tried to guess the number of flowers and flamingos in a jar. Everyone commented that the flowers and flamingos were the smallest they had ever seen. Trena Richardson combined her golfing and educational talents to calculate almost the exact number in the jar.

The fourth hole is often the traditional long drive for women at Birch Ridge Golf Course. While there were quite a few names on the card, in the end, Jennifer Cowan outdrove the crowd. The sixth and eighth holes were closest-to-the-pin holes. Mary Armstrong had a great tee shot on the sixth hole to capture the prize with Lore Weimer taking the honors on the eighth hole. No one successfully landed their ball in the Pink Ribbon Circle on the ninth hole. However, Sally Hoagland had the lucky number on this hole.

The Patsy Pink Award, for the pinkest team, went to The Titwits -- Carol Hussey, Tanya Boedeker, Cheryl Hammarstrom and Pat Schmidt. Runners-up for the pinkest team were Shirley Johnsrud, Dee Richards, Janet St. Clair, and Margaret Stanley.

In its fifth year, the tournament funds go to the Central Peninsula Health Foundation and provide resources for the early detection and treatment. This year, through funds raised just on Sunday at the outcry auction and silent auction, over $10,000 was raised. Mark your calendars for next year's Pink Ribbon Rally -- it will be held on June 26, 2011.

For Senior League, 18 seniors showed up on a great golf day -- no rain, cool but cloudy. Daryl Jelsma took low net with a 31, plus had the long putt on the ninth hole at 26 feet, 2 inches. Nice guy that Daryl is, he did let Don McGhee take the sixth hole at 13 feet, 2 inches, with Chuck Obendorf putting his tee shot in closer than Daryl on the eighth hole. Chuck's tee shot was 10 feet, 8 inches, from the little round hole.

Monday is the July 4 holiday so seniors will play at 9 a.m. Tuesday, where they will partake in a red, white and blue format.

Tuesday Morning Ladies League had 20 ladies showing up on an overcast, rain-free day to play a scramble before heading back to the pro shop for a delicious potluck. Kathy Herring was in great form, taking closest-to-the-pin honors on the sixth hole. Two teams tied for first place. In a card-off, the team of Rita Geller, Pat Schmidt, Dee Richard and Leona Jackson aced out Tanya Boedeker, Jane Tongen, Carol Hussey and Elaine Anderson. Taking third was Cheryl Hammarstrom, Kathy Herring, Sally Hoagland and Shirley Johnsrud. Kathy Herring picked up the only pure birdie for the round on the ninth hole.

Tuesday Couples Night saw 18 couples engage in a very challenging, at times stressful, round of golf. Playing alternate shots, the men teed off from the odd number holes with the women teeing off from the even number holes. After the tee shot each team alternated hitting until the ball found its way into the little round hole. Besides playing alternate shots, the teams also kept track of their putts with prizes being awarded to the teams with the lowest number.

The least number of putts found Jana and Jamie Query, Tanya and Tom Boedeker, and Myrna and Pat Cowan only needing 16 putts. Susan and Daryl Jelsma took home first place with the "Alternate Shot" game while Val Ischi and Mark Azzara were one shot behind. In third place were Lynda and John Dahlgren, with Jana and Jamie Query rounding out the top four spots.

Birch Ridge is expecting there will be a full field participating in the 10th Annual Pro-Am and 14th Annual All Alaskans Pro Skins Game on July 12. Since starting in 1996 this event has grown into one of the premier pro golf tournaments in Alaska. Before the Pro Skins Game there will be a Pro Am tournament that will determine which pros qualify to play in the Skins Game.

In addition to Birch Ridge head pro Tom Walsh, the seven lowest qualifiers will move on to the Pro Skins Game competing for a total of $5,000 in prize money. If you are interested in playing in the Pro Am contact the golf course at 262-5270.

Erin's Tip of the Week compliments of Erin Bell, PGA Assistant Pro, Big Spring Golf Course:

"When anyone tells me I can't do anything -- I'm just not listening anymore," Florence Griffith-Joyner

Ball Below Your Feet:

* The ball will tend to go to the right -- aim further to the left to compensate.

* Stand closer to the ball with your weight concentrated in your heels and bend more with your knees.

* Choke up on the club.

* Take a practice swing to find the "bottom" of your swing -- only take a three-quarters swing.

This Week's Events (Check in at least 15 minutes prior to the time shown below): Monday, 9 a.m., Senior League, this week moved to Tuesday due to 4th of July Holiday; Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Tuesday Morning Ladies League; Tuesdays, 6p.m., Couple's Night; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Men's Night; Thursdays, 6 p.m., Ladies Night.

Upcoming Events: July 12, Pro-Am Tournament with All Alaskan Pros, BRGA All Alaskan Pro Skins Game; July 16 and 17, 27th Annual Peninsula Seniors Championship; July 24, Seward Seahawks Athletic Booster Club; July 31 and Aug. 1, 38th Annual Peninsula Amateur Tournament.

Birch Ridge Golf Course can be reached by calling 262-5270 or visit the web site at

Official Results - Pink Ribbon Rally Golf Tournament

Tanna Chenault-Teresa Sibolboro-Christy Weaver-Nan Weaver - 31

Rita Geller-Sally Hoagland-Leona Jackson-Terry Walker - 31

Jennifer Cowan-Myrna Cowan-Gail McDowell- Rosetta Reeder - 32

Shirley Johnsrud-Dee Richards-Janet St.Clair- Margaret Stanley - 33

Sonya Burch-Terry Diamond-Wemdu Fpcpse-Heather Pietro - 34

Susan Jelsma-Orrie Moore-Sue Stein- Lore Weimer - 36

Judi Christenson-Carrie Hegwer-Alice Kerkvliet-Amy Manual - 36

Sammie Roderick-Jan Stenga-June Stuckey-Jane Tongen - 36

Denise Engberg-Carol Morgan-Lisa Parker-Lori Goodman - 37

Pat Bird-Wilda Bush-Kathy Gensel-Jane Stein - 37

Kathy Herring-Val Ischi-Sally Tachick - 37

Ardie Crawford-Cherllaine McWilliams-Carolyn Schaefer-Jessica Sundberg - 37

Chiya Bazan-Penny Furnish-Judy Joseph-Beth Rosenberry - 38

Mary Starrs Armstrong-Nancy Buell-Jan Love-Judy Salo - 38

Traci Davis-Betty Miller-Robin Nyce-Maggie Reilly - 38

Marlene Byerly-Linda Dahlgren-Trena Richardson-Connie Wheat - 39

Tanya Boedeker-Cheryl Hammarstrom-Carol Hussey-Pat Schmidt - 40

Marquitta Andrus-Johni Blankenship-Sue Mann-Michelle Turner - 45

Dawni Givgler-Deb Milam-Mary Phelps-Laura West - 47

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