If you haven't been on the Kenai Golf Course in a while, you will be so surprised at the greens. I played 18 holes yesterday, and I was thrilled to see the greens coming along so well. The grass is growing and filling in and the weather has been wonderful for golfing.
Maybe the golf gods feel the game is too easy, so up blows the wind to add a little twist to the game.
The team of Buzz and Patty Rome took the lowest combined putts for nine holes. They also took the lowest combined score on the "mystery hole," which turned out to be hole No. 4.
The mixed doubles teams play once a week with tee times starting at 6:30 p.m. Call ahead for a tee time. All skill levels are welcome for this "just for fun" golfing event.
Tonight starts the ladies evening of golf. Tee times start at 6:30 p.m. Just show up with your bag of clubs and get out and whack the ball around. The scramble format is a great way to get started golfing. Any golfer can count on help from other team members since golfers have three or four teammates in a scramble format. The ladies are counting on a large turnout.
The winners in the weekly Kenai Cup matches in the Alaska Division were the teams of Felix and Pam Martinez, Billy Coghill and Jeff Sinz, Billy Applewhite and Butch Anderson, and Jim Legner and Craig Jung.
The winners of the week in the Great Land Division were the teams of Tom Allison and Mark Azzara, Dana Bassel and Fred Korpenin, Dwight Kramer and Doug Haralson, and Jerry Norris and Noel Widmayer.
The team of Owen Brewer, Mark McComsey, Jerry Norris and EZ Hoyez carded a 5-under to take first place in the weekly men's scramble. The team of Mark Azzara, Scott King, Richard Atuk and Dustin Jung carded a 3-under to take second.
Closest to the pin on No. 5 was Jeff Johns at 6 feet. Closest to the pin on No. 9 at 12 feet, 7 inches was Owen Brewer. The long drive on No. 4 was hit by Nick Horn. Nick Horn can certainly hit a golf ball a long way and get it where it counts.
There were no pure birdies, so a carry-over will occur.
The second and final session of the junior golf program starts Tuesday. Call to get signed up and for session dates and times. The session consists of 10 outings, five of which are instructional alternated with five play days.
It is a wonderful way to get juniors into golfing, especially getting them started with the proper grip, stance and balance. The session is $50 per golfer. All juniors ages 8 to 17 are welcome.
The Navarre Charity 18-hole, four-person scramble will be Saturday with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
It is always a great tournament with good participation, enjoyable golfing, prizes and food. The entry fee is $75 per golfer. Entries are available at the clubhouse, and all proceeds go to local charities.
Happenings on the Course
Recently, golfers on the back nine witnessed an eagle swoop down and pick up a golf ball a golfer had hit out of the woods.
Dave Kerkvliet eagled No. 11 on Saturday. It is a very difficult hole to play, so it was worth mentioning. He used a driver, his 3-wood and landed it 12 feet from the pin and, of course, holed the putt.
If there are happenings on the golf course you would like to share with others, please let yours truly know. I would like to include them in my weekly article. Also, take a look at www.golfkenai.homestead.com for golfing information, a schedule of tournaments, items for sale, a Kenai Golf Association membership application, USGA and GHIN handicap links. There are all sorts of links and golfing information and the Web site is constantly evolving.
See you on the practice green.
Junior Golf Tournament Results
8-9 years old -- Boys: 1. Zack Sonnichsen, 2. James Bowan, 3. Morgan Cunningham, 4. (tie) Logan Haralson and Colton Anderson. Girls: 1. Katie Evans.
10-11 years old -- Boys: 1. Chance Irwin, 2. (tie) Michael Horton and Alex Sonnichsen, 4. Antonio Garcia, 5. Drew Alkire. Girls: 1. Hanna Delaney.
15 years old -- 1. Brennan Jackson, 2. Josh Lansing, 3. Zach Cowan.
17 years old -- 1. Matt Matarrese, 2. Tony Azzara, 3. Owen Brewer.
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