Kenai Golf Report: Griffin sixth at Alaska Masters

Posted: Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Hope you all had a great Fourth of July weekend! We attended the parade in Kenai and had some lunch at the park strip afterward. The choices of cuisine were plentiful. The crowd was huge and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves — seniors, couples, singles, teens, parents, children and pets. We weren't able to stay for the entertainment, but looking at the list of performers, it would have been worthwhile to stay.

Stopped at the golf course on the way home. It was a busy place; as well it should be with the perfect weather. I almost succumbed to the burning desire to play a round, but duty called — the column was waiting for me (maybe later).

Four locals head to the Alaska Masters

Gordon Griffin, Billy Applewhite, Bill Burtram and Eddie Sibolboro went to Wasilla to golf in the Alaska Masters at Settlers Bay. Gordon placed sixth overall. Bill Burtram said Gordon really played well.

In a separate par-3 event, Gordon tied for third place. Keep up the good golfing, Gordon!

Kenai Cup Results

The fifth week of the Kenai Cup has been completed and on Wednesday, a fun tournament scramble will be played. Gary Katsion asks participants to be at the course as close to 5:30 p.m. as possible.

Winners of the June 29 matches are as follows: Keith Stuart-Dana Bassel in the 19th Hole Division; Noel Widmayer-Cal Larson, Bill Fletcher-Barry Jackson and John Dahlgren-Spencer Devito in the Donny Morgan Division and Chris Sonnichsen-Tom Bennett in the Butch Anderson Division.

Ladies Day

The ladies had a wonderful day for golf. Several ladies joined the group for the first time, so our numbers are increasing!

Winners this week were: Low score — Kathy Herring and Jessie Winter; fewest putts — Lynda Dahlgren; closest to the pin on No. 5 — Nancy Buell; and the mystery score (total score minus putts) — Kamichia Spasiak.

Looking forward to seeing more ladies next week — Thursday, 12:30 p.m. tee time.

Men's Night

This week there were no ties. First-place team was Keith Stuart, Dana Bassel and Keith Stasek. Second-place team was Larry Grant, Jeff Johns and Cal Larson. Ron Stafford, Cliff Baker and Michael Lynch were the third-place team.

Cliff Baker was closest to the pin on No. 5 and Ron Stafford was closest to the pin on No. 14. Cliff Baker also claimed the longest drive.

For the first time, the men had a putting competition set up by Don Moock. Everyone had a good time. Cliff Baker was the putting champ, finishing off a great night! More men are always invited to join the fun on Men's Night. Tee time is 6 p.m.

KGA-BRGA Alaska State Championship Qualifying Tournament

On Sunday and Monday, those golfers who wanted a chance to play in the Alaska State Championship Tournament played 18 holes each at the Kenai Golf Course and at Birch Ridge Golf Course. Three men and one woman from the peninsula were able to qualify for the state tournament. The qualifying men are: Matt Matarrese with a score of 151, Josh Lansing with a score of 158 and Chris Sonnichsen with a score of 160. Paula Crowley was the qualifying woman with a score of 183. Congratulations to you all.

The state tournament will be at Eagleglen Golf Course on Aug. 13 and 14.

Hook a Kid on Golf Update

For kids who have never golfed, the program starts on Monday. As mentioned in an earlier column, 21 students have been selected for the program.

Sponsors for this program are Kenai Moose Lodge #1942, Agrium, Tesoro, Schlumberger Oilfield Services and Kenai Golf Association. Many thanks!


n July 8,9,10 — KGA/BRGA Ryder Cup Event

n July 9 — Kenai Firefighters' Association 15th Annual Golf Tournament

n July 16, 17 — Butch Anderson Senior Open

n July 23 — Kenai Alliance Tournament

n July 24 — KGA Members Only Monthly Event

n July 30 — Tesoro United Way Tournament

n July 31 — Rita Botelho Greens Tournament

Quote of the Week

"The game has such a hold on golfers because they compete not only against an opponent, but also against the course, against par and most surely — against themselves." By Arnold Palmer from Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul.

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