Sunlight is golden

Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2009

What a spectacular weekend! I hope your Fourth of July was safe and happy! As always, this time of year and especially given the weather, there is almost too much to do or to choose from. However, you must absolutely make some time to play a round at the Kenai Golf Course.

A Birdie Told Me -- Jerry Norris recently was the proud possessor of a hole-in-one on No. 14. Everyone in the clubhouse enjoyed the ensuing celebration!

Attention juniors -- the next clinic for interested boys and girls, ages eight to 17, is on July 13-14 and July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Class sizes are limited and the fee is $50. No clubs? No problem. Instructor Ryan Gluth will focus on the basics of driving, chipping, putting, golf etiquette and rules. Sign up soon or call the pro shop at 283-7500 to get your name on the list.

Ladies, note these dates on your calendars -- July 13-14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for the Intermediate Clinic. This two-session class is designed to take the mystery out of club selection. (Hmm, this sounds intriguing as all my clubs are a mystery to me)! Also in July will be another Beginning Clinic held on July 20-24 from 6 to 8 p.m. daily. The fee for these clinics is $50 and clubs are available if you do not have your own.

Hey guys, here's one for you -- Men's Golf Basics will be held by our new teaching professional Rich Lundahl. This two-session clinic will be held on consecutive Saturdays, July 11 and July 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is for guys who are fairly new to the game and want to improve their basics. As always, class size is limited and the fee is $50. Don't miss any of these great tournaments coming up in July -- the Alliance Tournament is Saturday and the KGA Monthly Event is on Sunday. The following weekend has the Firefighters Tournament on July 18. The Tesoro United Way Tournament is on July 25, followed by the Ladies-Only EZPZ Tournament on July 26. Get involved and support the Alliance, the Firefighters and/or the United Way. Help make a difference and have a great time all at the same time! KGA members get out and enjoy the companionship of other members at the KGA event.

The General Manager's Report -- What great weather! Course conditions continue to improve daily and the greens are really rounding into shape and rolling faster than normal. With the lack of rain, the watering crew has been keeping busy all night. They do an excellent job. The greens were cut lower this past week, so you will notice a difference. Additional seed was added in some areas as well. The greens are at the height that they will stay at for the rest of the summer.

Work is continuing around hole No. 3. The fill-work has been completed and this week we will seed and fertilize that area after it gets raked out. This process will really improve play around the green. As soon as this is complete, other projects will start. The left-hand side of hole No. 1 will see some major improvements in the future. Some thinning of trees around the greens will continue all summer. Sunlight is golden.

I would like to thank everyone that has noticed and commented on the changes. If you have suggestions on how we can improve, please let us know. On a side note -- Derek Kaufman, you are getting closer. Keep working on it!

As always, see you on the course.

- Gordon Griffin

The seniors were out and about on the course on Tuesday morning, June 30. Jerry Norris (he of the infamous hole-in-one) had low gross, while Andy Anderson and Charlie Waguespack tied for low net. Andy Anderson had the closest-to-the-pin on hole No. 9.

Eight teams continue to battle it out in the Kenai Cup as the action continued on Wednesday. The Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) soundly defeated the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion), while the J&K team (Kirk Hyman/Jeff Johns) experienced a push with the G&G Team (Gordon and Mark Griffin). The R&R team (Randy Kornfield/Rich Edwards) narrowly defeated the Back Page Team (Greg Harrington/Daryl Palmer) as did the Metsox (Derek Kaufman/Andy Hanson) over the Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway). The Metsox (Derek Kaufman/Andy Hanson) also won a make-up match from Week 1 over the Back Page Team (Greg Harrington/Daryl Palmer). The Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) have moved into first place but are followed closely by the R&R team (Rich Edwards/Randy Kornfield). The G&G Team (Gordon and Mark Griffin) is in third place with the Metsox (Derek Kaufman/Andy Hanson) in fourth. In fifth place is the team of Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway), followed by the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) in sixth. Seventh place is held by the Back Page Team (Greg Harrington/Daryl Palmer) and the J&K team (Kirk Hyman/Jeff Johns) trails in eighth.

There are sure to be some fiercely contested matches as the season progresses, so stay tuned for updates or check the postings in the pro shop. Good luck to the Kenai Cup participants! Our ladies group met on Thursday. Lynda Dahlgren had low gross and Mary Ann Hyman had the fewest putts. Connie Wheat was the winner of the mystery hole, Trena Richardson had closest-to-the-pin on hole No. 5 and Denise Cox was the winner of the long drive on hole No. 2. Way to go, ladies!

Come on, golfers, you know how short our summer is and this is definitely one for the record books. Enjoy the scenery, enjoy this gorgeous weather and have a great time at what better place than the Kenai Golf Course! Get out and get golfing. I will see you there.

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