Kenai Golf Report

July's whizzing past us

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Things are hopping at the Kenai Golf Course. July is here again and much too soon. The course is in incredible shape and golfers are certainly enjoying it. The second junior session will start on July 8. There are weekly tournaments and activities for all skill levels.

Mixed doubles

The mixed doubles team of Buzz Rome and Teresa Sibolboro took the fewest combined putts for the odd holes on the front nine. The team of Dave and Shelley Ramsey took the fewest combined strokes for the mystery hole, which was No. 7.

The mixed doubles meets each Monday and tees off at 6:20 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and so on until all teams are off. All skill levels are invited to participate in the weekly event. Call in and save a tee time for your team.

Ladies Night

The ladies are playing each Tuesday at 6 p.m. Just show up with a friend or two and enjoy an evening of golfing. Once again all skill levels are invited to participate in the weekly event.

Kenai Cup

The 2003 Kenai Cup matches are played each Wednesday. The winners in the Donnie Morgan Division were the Eldon Harvey-Ryan Harvey team, the Felix Martinez-Pam Martinez team and the Jerry Norris-Noel Widmayer team.

The winners in the Butch Anderson Division were the Dwight Kramer-Doug Haralson team, the Dana Bassel-Tim Green team and the Lyle Winter-Rick Winter team.

The winners in the 19th Hole Division were the Jack Evans-Bruce Galloway team and the Dale Sandahl-Jim Legner team.

There also was a tie with the Dustin Jung-Doug Jung team and the Dale Sandahl-Jim Legner team.

Men's Night

Big Thursday was this week and there were three teams with a minus 4. The teams carding 32 were the John Davis, John Overway, Billy Applewhite and David Silva team; the Rob Smithwick, Joe Lyons, Clayton Dolan and John Bania team and the Todd Eskelin, Keith Stuart, Jeff Johns and Barry Brewer team.

Closest to No. 5 was Clayton Dolan with 35 feet, 3 inches. Slugger of the week, with the longest drive on No. 6, was Matt Matarrese.

The No. 10 Shoot Out winner of the week was Mike Navarre and second place was Jeff Johns. The weekly event takes place after the regular men's night nine-hole play.

A Birdie Told Me

Recently, an eagle was carded on No. 3 by Jim Kimball as he played with the morning regulars. It took two great shots to complete the feat. Jim Kimball plays golf at Kenai Golf Course quite regularly. Jim is a talented golfer who plays so effortlessly with an admired, smooth, classic swing. Much can be learned from watching him play.

What about Dave Hacherl and John Overway, who recently played 54 holes on Tuesday at Kenai Golf Course? They started at 7 a.m. and completed the 54 holes at 9 p.m. They had no intention of playing that many holes, but kept playing all day long.

Both walked the first 18 holes, then rode the last 36 holes. Dave had played 36 holes on Monday, 54 on Tuesday, 36 on Wednesday and then played nine holes on men's night.

Junior Golf

Sign up junior 8 to 17 for the second junior session, which will be July 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 and 25. Sessions are instructional mixed with play days. This will be the final session for 2003, $50 covers all fees, range balls and clubs. It is a great way to get juniors started playing golf.

Junior Cup

This week's play is the final matches for the Junior Cup match play between Birch Ridge and Kenai golf courses. As this goes to press Kenai is leading by one point. However, with the final matches today, anything could happen.

Matches start at Birch Ridge today at 1 p.m. These juniors are really something to watch as they have improved for the season and year to year.

Upcoming event

The first annual Butch Anderson tournament to honor longtime Kenai golfer Butch Anderson takes off Saturday and Sunday. The Anderson senior open stroke play tournament will start with tee times at 8 a.m. There will be low gross and low net awards and golfers must have a GHIN index to play. Sign up at the clubhouse. It will be a great tournament.

Closing thoughts

Playing golf regularly and keeping up with all the home chores is a daunting task. Yours truly is certainly finding juggling 18 holes three or four times per week is very tricky. Finally had time to catch up with my weeding, laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning and paperwork.

See you on the back nine.

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