String fling

Posted: Friday, July 03, 2009

Can you believe this weather? Nice for spending time in some of the most beautiful country around. Hello and welcome once again to Bird Homestead Golf Course. We are located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road and can be reached by phone at 260-GOLF.

Last week brought a fun tournament to the course. Our annual Association String Tournament was held on Saturday. Things got started with a true blind draw, and all teams were given a set amount of string. The string can be used to extend a play, so everyone had an advantage for some good putts.

The day could not have been better and the winning teams were very close with three teams tied for third place. A chip-off occurred to decide the winners and the third place ended up being Jeff Gillman, Judi Artman, Trevor Hordeman and Rhonda Dettmer.

Second place went to Justin Bird, Marilyn Eskelin and Allen Dettmer, with first-place honors going to Roy Bird, Dick Galloway and Paul Eskelin. Long drive for men went to Jeff Adamec, and long drive for women to Pat Bird. Closest to on No. 6 was left there and on No. 8 Jeff Adamec took the honors. There was great food afterward and a good time was had by all.

Men's night on Tuesday found 15 men ready to play with five teams of three, starting right at 6:30. First-place team came in with Spencer Tachick, John Brewer and Roy Bird. Second team was close behind with Allen Dettmer, Justin Bird and Bruce Skolaich. Long-drive honors went to Al Dettmer and Roy Bird scored a pure birdie on No. 5. Closest-to was a carry-over for next week.

Seniors found a couple of new players this week. Steve and Susan Ellis, good to have you out and joining in with us. They cleaned up, by the way. The winning team consisted of Jeff Gillman, Paul Eskelin and Susan Ellis. Closest to on No. 8 went to Susan Ellis and closest to on No. 6 went to Steve Ellis. Come join this group, it is a fun bunch to play with. It starts Wednesday mornings at 10.

What to do after the Fourth of July parade and before the big backyard barbecue? What about a throw down scramble at Bird Homestead Golf Course. Tee time at 2 p.m. The names are thrown in a hat, blind draw, same format as men's night. Come on out and enjoy a couple of hours with some great folks for an afternoon of good company.

Quilters Tournament and Food Bank Tournaments are both coming up the weekend of the July 11 and 12. It's a jam-packed weekend of fun. Both of these events are for very good causes and offer great prizes and food. Call the clubhouse for more information. I will have full details in next week's column.

We are very proud of Shelby Bird and Trayton Bird for winning in their division at the Junior Golf Tournament held at Birch Ridge, and want to thank Birch Ridge for their vision of seeing young people learn and enjoy this great sport.

More ABCs of Golf

When finding yourself in a "rough" spot, some golfers use "The Pele Punt." This technique involves booting the golf ball with one's foot. The kick lacks a certain amount of accuracy and distance but is very well-suited for dislodging the ball from behind tall trees or very thick rough. I have, however, not found this in any of the rule books, so am thinking it isn't normal fair play.

Well folks, another fine week in Alaska. Have a great Fourth of July weekend. Hope to see you out on the course. Until next week, keep it in the short grass.

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