Birch Ridge Report:

Ditch the hammer, grab the clubs

Posted: Thursday, July 07, 2005

Can you believe it — it's July and the weather could not be any better. This is the best time of year for doing those nagging little summer chores. You know the ones: the continual lawn mowing; the yet again unsuccessful experiment to get rid of the horsetail that grows up through the (paved) driveway; and building a new deck! WORK — a four-letter word if there ever was one. It's time to ditch the hammer and trade it out for golf clubs.

Let's get started with Saturday. The Best/Rotary Midnight Scramble has been rescheduled for this day, so if you haven't done so already, sign up at the club house by Friday.

Whatever your weekend entails, make sure you beat feet to Birch Ridge on Monday. It's our All Alaskan Pro-Am Tournament, followed by the Wells Fargo All Alaskan Pro Skins game. Birch Ridge's own pro, Tom Walsh, has won two years running (2003 and 2004). The pro-am is limiting out at 18 teams; if you're interested, get your name in ASAP. You won't regret it. And for those of us who can only imagine what a great swing feels like, we get to walk with the pros and (quietly) cheer them on. Call the club house for more details, 262-5270.

The American Red Cross of the Kenai Peninsula had another successful tournament this last weekend. Darryl Jelsma, Ron Rozak, Scott Kempf and Daughn Carpenter won first-place congrats. Second placers were Angie Richardson, Chuck Obendorf, Cal Larson and Larry Grant; Paula Crowley, Keith Stasek, Tyler Lannoye and Tanya Larrabee came in with a most respectable third place. Sharon Keating and Chiya Bazan both scored closest-to for ladies on holes 8 and 15, respectively. For the men, Larry Grant won closest-to on hole 8, while Cal Larson did likewise for hole 15. Ms. Crowley beat out all others for ladies' longest drive on 13; Mike Hollingsworth ditto for men.

There seem to be few if any fishers that play on Wednesday's Men's night because the crowds just keep showing up. Victors for first place were Bob Sizemore, Caleb Sizemore, Paul Zimmerman and Jeremy Selfride. A hearty threesome won second place: Rob Smithwick, Dan Murphy and Walt Krieger. Paul Zimmerman's closest-to on hole 6 beat out all others, as did Kevin Downs' on hole 8. Long driver was Walt Krieger for the evening; Matt Matarrese had the only pure birdie of the night.

Those-Who-Receive-Discounts were out in full force Monday morning. Jo Briscoe and David Johnsrud tied with low net scores; long putt kudos to Don McGhee. Winning a round of applause with closest-to on hole 8, Ray Hamby.

Ladies of Tuesday Morning winners were Louise Schadle, Dee Richards, Ginger Llewellyn, and Kathy Kerring. Shirley Johnsrud won closest-to on hole 6, as well as long drive on hole 3.

I hear the grass growing, but I'll see you later on the front nine!

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