The weather cleared, the golf was good, a little bit of cash changed hands and a few golfers even went home without getting any spaghetti sauce on their shirts at the inaugural Butch Anderson Senior Open Saturday and Sunday at the Kenai Golf Course.
"Everybody seemed to have a lot of fun," said tournament organizer Gordon Griffin. "Everything went back to the golfers there weren't any charities involved. It was just in honor of a beloved friend that died last year."
"It was great. It was fantastic," said Bob Bush after winning the net scoring title in the two-day, 36-hole handicapped event. "I played with a bunch of good guys, and there was a lot of laughing."
Bush said the golf was competitive, but not so intense that the participants couldn't enjoy two nice days on the golf course.
Bush's net score of 140 beat Robert Drewes and Mike Koskinas by four strokes while Gene Granath and Charlie Kahakauwila each finished with net scores of 145.
Drewes was awarded third and Koskinas second on tie-breaks.
Billy Applewhite won the gross scoring title, shooting 159 for the tournament. Doug Jung was second in gross scoring with 161 and Ken Liedes was third at 166.
Griffin said tournament planning began this past winter.
"We didn't have a senior tournament here, but we always wanted to have one," Griffin said. "After Butch passed away, we felt it was a perfect time to start one in his honor.
"(36 competitors) is a pretty good turnout for Fourth of July weekend. We're pleased. Everybody had a good time, and it was very competitive."
Griffin said there are plans to expand the tournament next summer to include junior seniors, golfers between the ages of 45 and 49.
Bush said he enjoys the challenge of individual play he frequently travels to Anchorage to play senior tournaments there and added that Kenai Golf Course's first senior tournament definitely has the potential to grow.
"I think it's going to evolve into a really good tournament."
Butch Anderson Senior Open
Saturday and Sunday at Kenai Golf Course
(Results are listed in order of net scoring.)
Bob Bush 90-88178 140
Robert Drewes 98-108206 144
Mike Koskinas 92-88180 144
Gene Granath 89-92181 145
Charlie Kahakauwila 90-85175 145
Charles Waguespock 98-94192 146
Dana Bassel 89-86175 147
Dwight Kramer 85-86171 147
Dennis Rome 99-83182 148
Doug Jung 76-85161 149
Bill Burtram 90-84174 150
Lee Hankins 85-87172 150
David Ramsey 94-92186 150
Billy Applewhite 80-79159 151
Cliff Baker 103-102205 151
Jess Wade 84-82166 152
Charlie Black 119-109228 154
John Dahlgren 91-89180 154
Brent Keene 94-96190 154
Ken Liedes 89-77166 154
Tom Allison 90-91181 155
Andy Anderson 101-103204 156
Kirk Hyman 99-94193 157
Rita Botelho 96-88184 158
Gordon Griffin 87-87174 158
Jerry Norris 98-87185 159
John Baxter 119-126245 161
Eddie Silbolboro 89-98187 161
Don Moock 82-87169 163
Harold Flood 117-96213 167
Gary Katsion 95-100195 167
Don Young 99-102201 169
Tom Vincent 123-112235 171
Albert Steele 121-118239 173
Teresa Silbolboro 139-123262 174
Bob Farrell 131-117248 198
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