Kenai Golf Report

Beware of bears

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Hello, Golfers. Happy Fourth of July to all of us very blessed Americans. How great is it and how lucky are we to live in the most wonderful country in the world? We take all of our advantages and freedoms for granted, but let's not forget the service men and women who ensure our continued safety and the enjoyment of those advantages and freedoms and all of those who have gone before.

Now this is something you don't see every day and probably don't want to — brown bears on the course! Heads up, Golfers (no pun intended) and keep your eyes open as you play since it is very possible that you may see a brown bear during your round. First spotted last Tuesday evening, the bear was again seen Tuesday. Just how fast do those golf carts go, anyway?

Congratulations to the Kenai Golf Association golfers who so ably represented our association against the Birch Ridge Golf Association in the 2007 Walker Cup. As you are probably aware, the KGA golfers triumphed and the trophy is now proudly displayed in the Kenai Golf Course Pro Shop. Gordon wanted to me to thank Pat Cowan and crew for putting on an outstanding event this year and to let the BRGA know that we are very excited to be hosting the event next year. Feel free to drop by the pro shop and see the Walker Cup Plaque (big smile).

Be sure to mark your calendars so that you don't forget the upcoming clinics. The first is the Beginning Junior Golf clinic which will run from 9 to 11 a.m. on July 9-12, Don Moock will be instructing the Intermediate Junior Golf clinic from 8 to 10 a.m. daily from July 23-26. Gordon Griffin will also be offering a women's golf clinic from 6 to 8:00 p.m. July 9-12. The cost for all these clinics is $50 for each of the sessions. Please stop by the pro shop or call 283-7500 to sign up.

Junior Golfers, this one is for you — The Kenai Golf Course is sponsoring the KGC All Junior Tournament, ages 8-17, on Tuesday, July 31. Check in is at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. start for the stroke play tournament which will be flighted by age and experience. There is a $20 fee for the tournament which includes lunch and prizes. Registration must be completed by Monday, July 30 at 6 p.m. to be considered for the tournament. Stop by or call the pro shop at 283-7500 for more information, or talk to Tournament Director, Don Moock.

A Birdie Told Me — Seems a flurry of eagles have been seen on the course this week. John Dahlgren had an eagle on hole No. 8 while Doug Jung had an eagle on hole No. 7 from 105 yards out. Great shots!

General Manager's Report

What great weather we have had this week. With all the sunshine, the greens are really filling in and running smooth. All the major projects started at the beginning of the season have been completed. Bill Burtram has done an outstanding job pulling all the projects together and ensuring their timely completion. In the near future, the tree in back of the No. 3 green will be removed which will allow more sunlight to reach the green. When that is completed and the stump is removed, we will top dress the back portion of the green. We will be working on a new cart path leading from the lower tee box on No. 3 that will tie in with the upper tee box and extending around the left side of the fairway to the green. When you play again, you will notice the stump hole on No. 16 has all but dried up thanks to a lot of help from Mother Nature. The new sand traps on holes No. 3 and No. 15 are preventing most balls from entering the woods — I like to call these traps "protective" traps. They have made a big difference.

The new fairway mower is making a big difference providing a smooth even cut. Thank you, Barry Jackman for maintaining the fairways. Our fairways have always been good but now they are even better.

We have just received new logo shirts in the pro shop. Stop by and check them out as well as all the other quality products we are carrying this year.

Thank you to Adam Miller and Derek Crowder for doing such a good job on the carts and driving range. I would also like to recognize what a great job Caleb Sizemore did in handling a difficult situation with a great deal of class and dignity. We are proud of you, Caleb.

I would like to thank everyone for the encouragement and support that has been shown to us since we opened. We really appreciate it and will continue to work hard every day to make the course the best it can be. See you on the course.

- Gordon Griffin

The results of Kenai Cup play for Wednesday, July 27 is as follows: the team of Right and Wrong (Richard Martin/Joe Deveaux) won their match over Eldon and Ryan Harvey. Cliff Baker and Rachelle Brehm triumphed over the Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison). Cliff Vaught and Max Pate soundly spanked the Mulligans (Tom Reese/Greg Duggin) while the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Andy Anderson, sub.) put it to the Toads (Todd Eskelin/Jeff Johns, sub.). Pat Bowen and Greg Anderson won their match against OFG (Tom and Wiley Bennett) as did the Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway) against The Why No's (Jack Focose/Gene Diamond) and the Two Hackers (Bill Davis/Barry Jackman) over the R&R team (Rich Edwards/Randy Kornfield).

Standings for the Kenai Cup are now, in the Butch Anderson Division: G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) in first place, followed by Two Hackers (Bill Davis/Barry Jackman) in second, and the team of Pat Bowen and Greg Anderson in third. It should be noted that there are only three points separating the first and third-place teams. Standings in the Donny Morgan Division have the team of Cliff Vaught and Max Pate in first place, Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway) in second, and Eldon and Ryan Harvey in third. This closely contested division has a mere 1.5 points separating the first and third-place teams. This promises to get very interesting!

Unfortunately I do not have results for either the Ladies or the Mens' groups, but I would like to invite any interested golfers to join these groups during their normally scheduled outings on Thursday — the ladies at noon and the men at 6 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate should call the pro shop at 283-7500 or be at the course by 11:45 a.m. for the Ladies group and 5:45 p.m. for the Men. Everyone is welcome to join the fun. I believe this Thursday is Big Thursday for the guys so don't miss the fun.

Sorry about the confusion, folks, but the Rita Botelho tournament was delayed to accommodate the Walker Cup. Unfortunately, I have not yet played much golf this season (but have not given up yet since there are still several months of golfing ahead of us) and neglected to check the tournament schedule. The tournament has not yet been rescheduled, but I will be sure to let you know as soon as the date is locked in. There is a full schedule of tournament action still to come in July — Saturday, July 7, the Firefighters; Saturday, July 14, the Alliance; Sunday, July 15, the KGA Monthly Event; Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, the Butch Anderson Senior Open: Saturday, July 28, the United Way; and Sunday, July 29, the Par 3. With all these great tournaments to choose from, there's something to suit everyone. Don't forget to watch out for those deadlines, though, so be sure to stop by the pro shop and get signed up.

See you on the course real soon! Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

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