Golfer prospers at 90

Posted: Friday, July 05, 2002

Last week we forgot to provide the results from the annual Best/Rotary Midnight Sun Scramble held on June 22. This is the first year in a long time I think someone from our house didn't participate in this great event. But not too worry, there was a great turnout and all who participated had fun.

With a score of 63, the team of Phil Turkington, Dee Richards, Shawn Schmitt and Bob Morton held on to a two-stroke victory over the second-place team of Ray Hamby, Al Dettmer, Don McGhee and Bob Sizemore.

We hear repeatedly that golf is a game you can play all of your life. To prove it, in this year's Best/Rotary Midnight Sun Scramble one of the gentlemen on the winning team is 90 years young. Bob Morton was visiting the area with a group from the Isaac Walton League in California. What a fine example for all of us! We hope you come back next year Bob to defend your title.

The third hole in one of the year has been recorded at the golf course. Mike Chenault recorded an ace on hole No. 8. With a Ping Zing 8-iron, Mike flew his ball 165 yards into the hole. And for the second time this year, Pat Cowan was witness to a hole in one. Others observing and sharing in the celebration were Ron Carlson and Art Sarutarian. Congratulations Mike.

Senior League

An additional game was played this week as well as to the usual low net. Keeping track of total putts, players reduced their number of putts by the score they carded on No. 8. Sharing the laurels for the lowest figure were Bob Olson and Moe Redford.

Closest to the pin on hole No. 6 was Bob Olson, who left himself a 14-foot putt, while Don McGhee was the winner on the eighth hole with approximately a 12-foot putt. Longest putt on the players' favorite hole -- No. 5 -- was Moe Redford claiming the dollars by sinking a 12-footer.

Check-in time remains at 8:15 a.m. with players teeing off shortly thereafter. With 17 players showing up, our group is growing each week.

See you next Monday.

Men's League

Super Wednesday had a great turnout. With the team of Roy Stuckey, Dave Kerkvliet and John Davis locking into sole possession of first place it took a chip-off to determine second place. Mike Hollingsworth, Rob Smithwick and Joe Blanchard out-chipped the others to capture second place. Ray Hamby had his short irons working exceptionally well and captured closest to the pin on both No. 6 and No. 8. Men's League continues every Wednesday night with check-in at 6 p.m.

What a day for the Tuesday Women's Golf. Cheryl Hammerstrom, Jo Briscoe, Louise Schadle and Kathy Herring had the winning team score for the morning with Cheryl also gathering honors for the best individual net score for nine holes, shooting a blistering 31.

Dee Richards took long drive on No. 7 with Pat Bird again taking closest to the pin on No. 8. Louise Schadle graciously accepted the prize for closest to on No. 5. Morning Ladies League play continues every Tuesday with check-in at 9:30 a.m. and tee off at 10:00.

Men's Birch Ridge Cup Standings

After four full weeks of play, the Red Division is led by the Al (Big AL) Detmer and Ray Hamby team followed by the team of Gary Dawkins and John Lansing. The Blue Division is led by father and son Bob Sizemore and Caleb Sizemore. Father and son Steve and Nick Horn are in second place.

Five more weeks remain in the medal play format. Many matches have been decided by one shot and there have been four ties. Three teams are tied for third place in each division.

Alaska Junior Golf Association

The Alaska Junior Golf Association's competition took a break this past week. Tournament play resumes on Monday at the Anchorage Golf Course. Birch Ridge juniors who have signed up to play include Tony Azzara, Nick Horn, Josh Lansing and Matt Matarrese. Additional details on the Alaska Junior Golf Association tournaments can be found at the Web site at or by contacting the pro shop at 262-5270.

Upcoming events

Upcoming tournaments are the American Red Cross Tournament on July 6. If you've played in the past in the Family Affair Tournament mark your calendars for July 13. More details will follow in future columns. Many of the locals will be competing in the Alaska State Amateur Tournament to be held July 11 through 14. We'll recap the results in a few weeks. The Birch Ridge Junior Golf Tournament will be held July 18 and the Peninsula Amateur is scheduled for July 19 to 21. For details or to sign up for any of these tournaments contact the pro shop at 262-5270.

See you on the back side.

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