Birch Ridge Golf Report: Field of 14 pros ready for Skins Game on Monday

Posted: Thursday, July 08, 2010

A song made famous by The Eurhythmics, "Here comes the rain again," could be Birch Ridge's song for the summer of 2010. There hasn't been a day in the past week where it has not rained at some point, with the tendency for the rains to come in the early afternoon.

Did you know July is Family Golf Month? If you haven't been out golfing with a member of your family this month make sure to get out and play. Birch Ridge Golf Course is looking fantastic.

The 14th Annual All Alaskans Pro Skins Game will be Monday following the Pro Am.With 14 pros signed up it will be quite competitive to see who makes it into the Skins Game. In addition to Birch Ridge head pro Tom Walsh, the seven lowest qualifiers from the Pro Am move on to the Skins Game to compete for $4,000. Each hole has a different cash value: the first, second and third holes are worth $250 per hole; the fourth, fifth and sixth holes are worth $350; the seventh and eighth holes are worth $500; and the ninth hole is $1,200.

Senior League must have been a tough weekend because we only had 13 players, four of whom tied for first at a net 33. The winners were Gordy Briscoe, Steve Hammarstrom, Darell Jelsma and Don McGhee. Gordy was closest the sixth hole at 8 feet, 7 inches, Darell was 19 feet, 8 inches, on the eighth hole and Don made the long putt on the ninth hole with a putt of 13 feet, 2 inches. Some of the seniors wondered -- does it sound like there was a stacked deck this week or were these guys playing against a bunch of hacks? Hope the seniors had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!

Tuesday Morning Ladies League followed the seniors out on the course and had 16 show up to play the game of choice. This week it was play your own game from the Wild Rose tees with the team score being the lowest recorded score for the hole. Taking first-place, low-gross honors were Chiya Bizan, Carol Hussey, Tanna Chenault and Pat Schmidt. Cheryl Hammarstrom, Margaret Stanley, Nan Weaver and Myrna Cowan captured second place. Cheryl and Tanna aided their teams by picking up closest-to-the-pin honors on the fifth hole -- Tanna -- while Cheryl had the long putt on the fourth hole.

Tuesday Couples Night was treated to a much easier round this past Tuesday. Playing their own game each team took the five lowest net scores for men and the four lowest for the women to get the total couple score. It was a very competitive evening for the 18 couples with scores close.

Carol Hussey and Earl Mathis captured first place while the remaining winners were determined through a card-off. With five couples tied for second, the card-off found Margaret Stanley and Don McGhee taking second, Tanna and Mike Chenault in third and Lynda and John Dahlgren fourth.

The Senior Peninsula Amateur is just over a week away. Sponsored by the Birch Ridge Golf Association, this two-day event begins on July 16. Entry forms are available at the pro shop.

Erin's Tip of the Week, compliments of Erin Bell, PGA Assistant Pro, Big Spring Golf Course:

"If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain," -- Dolly Parton

Tips for Rainy Days:

*Your ball will not travel as far, greens will not break as much and shots will roll very little.

*Bunker shots should be played more like pitch shots.

*Use all of the technology you can to help you -- rain gloves, rain suits, bucket hats, club covers and a sturdy umbrella with extra gloves and towels weaved into the top.

This Week's Events:

(Check in at least 15 minutes prior to the time shown below):

Monday, 9 a.m., Senior League; Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Tuesday Morning Ladies League; Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Couples Night; Wednesday, 6 p.m., Men's Night; Thursdays, 6 p.m., Ladies Night.

Upcoming Events: July 24, Seward Seahawks Athletic Booster Club Tournament; July 31, Aug. 1, 38th Annual Peninsula Amateur Tournament; Aug. 7, Phil Turkington Classic -- Soldotna Elks; Aug. 21, Bassackwards Tournament; Aug. 28, 29, Ninilchik Native Dissidents.

Birch Ridge Golf Course can be reached by calling 262-5270 or visit the website at

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