Hello golfers and welcome back after a long holiday weekend. I hope that all of you had a safe, happy Fourth of July weekend wherever and however you chose to spend it.
The Men's Short Game Clinic held this past week was an outstanding success. The next Men's Short Game Clinic, taught by Gordon Griffin, will be held July 20 and 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The fee is $35. The next Junior Clinic will be held July 26 to 28 from 10 a.m. to noon and is taught by Tommy Carver. The fee for the Junior Clinic is $50.
Also on July 26 to 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., is the Ladies' Clinic. The Ladies' Clinic also costs $50. Class size for all clinics is limited; stop by the pro shop or call 283-7500 to get signed up.
Shawn O'Reilly, thank you for your support and positive attitude. To Ron Goecke, thank you for all your help and dedication to the Kenai Golf Course. Without you, we would not be able to do all that we do.
A Birdie Told Me -- Chris Murray has taken the early lead in the Atigun Cup Competition, the season's point race. Congratulations, Tammy Mattierre, on that 40-foot putt on the third hole after the Ladies' Clinic. Great Shot!
There have a number of notable rounds recently -- Chris Murray with a 76, Gordon Griffin with a 74, Doug Jung with a 76, Mark Griffin with a 77 (with 36 on the back!), John Dahlgren with a 78, Derek Kaufmann with a 78, Greg Harrington with a 76, and Keith Stasek with a 37 on the back.
If these guys are golfing this good this early in the season, what do you suppose they will be shooting by the end of the season? Anyone looking for team members for tournaments now you know who to call!
General Manager's Report -- The course is playing really nice. The greens have been cut down and are rolling true. Dusty Culbreath and Willie Perkins have really done an outstanding job on the greens and green surrounds. Mark Griffin and Chris Murray continue to do an outstanding job on the tee boxes and anything else that needs to be done. The new practice area is outstanding; thank you, Chris Kimball, for your hard work and dedication to the course.
New sand has been put in the bunkers on the third and fifth holes. What a difference this had made. We will continue this process during the rest of the season. Chad Mello is refinishing the picnic tables in the pavilion, which really dresses up that area. Welcome back to work, Chad, we missed you.
The fairways are green and lush with the recent rains. We now have well-defined rough and fairways, and that looks real nice. We are looking forward to the remainder of the season and all the tournaments coming up. The Walker Cup will be a special event, as always, and we welcome our friends from Birch Ridge.
John Ragan, a big thank you for doing an excellent job on all our carts. Also thank you to Dwight Kramer for all that you do. Thank you, Chantal, for a job well done. We will miss you. It has been an excellent season thus far. We hope to see you on the course real soon. -- Gordon Griffin
There are a lot of tournaments coming up -- the Firefighters on July 17, KGA Monthly Event on July 18, the Walker Cup on July 22, 23 and 25, the United Way on July 24, and the Alliance on July 31. There's lots of fun to be had at the KGC with tournaments and clinics and great rounds of golf. I will see you there.
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