Great time for golf

Kenai Golf Report

Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003

The weather has been simply incredible for golfing. What a summer! What a time to be golfing at the Kenai Golf Course!

Mixed Doubles

Mixed teams of all skill levels are invited to play each Monday evening with tee times starting at 6:20 p.m. Just call in for your tee time.

Usually, the lowest score or number of strokes is what the game is all about. However, many golfers enjoy the game as much as anyone without keeping score.

The mixed doubles teams have no idea until they enter the clubhouse what criteria will be used for awards. There is usually a "mystery hole" and the number of putts are tracked for each green. Sometimes, fewest strokes or putts wins and sometimes the golfers with the most strokes or putts win.

This week, the steady team of Dave and Shelley Ramsey took all the awards. There was a putt-off between the Ramsey and Edwards teams for the team with the most combined putts on No. 6 and No. 9 yes, this week the putting award went to the team with the most combined putts. Remember, the mixed doubles event is strictly for fun with little or no pressure from other golfers.

The Ramsey team also had the most strokes on the mystery hole. They were certainly about the ribbing they took.

Ladies Night

The ladies are still having trouble finding the course on Tuesday evenings. Ladies have a difficult time leaving their chores to play golf. Yours truly has noticed the other gender having little trouble sneaking away to play. So, ladies, bring a friend and chase that ball around. Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. See you gals on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.

Kenai Cup Midseason Tourney

Today, the Kenai Cup Midseason Tourney gets under way with a 6 p.m. shotgun start. All Kenai Golf Association members are welcome, whether they play in the Kenai Cup or not. Play will be individual net for nine holes, with Modified Stableford scoring (points for birdies, pars, bogies, etc.). Entry fee is $10 and players take care of greens fees.

This is the same tournament that has been played each year at this time, so play and have fun! Please register at the Pro Shop and remember, all KGA members are invited.

Men's Night

Two teams had a draw for first place. The team of Dwight Kramer, Todd Eskelin and Joe Matto tied with the team of Nick Horn, John Bania and John Johnson. Both teams carded a 34.

The team of Bob Bird, Jeff Johns and Rich Conti won third place in a putt-off.

Closest to the pin on No. 4 was Bob Bird. Bob beat out James Dye by half an inch for closest to the pin.

Slugger of the week was Rich Conti on No. 2. Long drives must be in the short grass on the fairway. Many long drives are wasted in the woods, as they are long but not accurate. Rich had a long and accurate shot.

Junior Golf

The second and final session for the Kenai Golf Course junior program is under way. I noticed there were juniors crawling all over the driving range and practice green.

Kenai Golf Course will host a junior tournament on Sunday. Juniors from 8 to 17 years of age are invited to play. The rules will be the same as they were for the first junior tournament in June. Rules for all age groups can be found on the Web at www.kenaigolf.com.

All juniors are invited to participate. Tournament fees are $16 for 17 and under and $10 for 15 and under. Register at the Pro Shop.

"And Away We Go" Senior Tournament

Seems fitting and appropriate the winners of the Butch Anderson Memorial Tournament were two "Wild Bunch" golfers who played with Butch on a regular basis. Butch would have enjoyed the day and certainly would have been pleased with the outcome of the tourney.

Billy Applewhite, longtime golfing partner of Butch Anderson, took first place with 159 for the two-day, 36-hole tournament. Doug Jung came in two strokes behind Billy to take second place.

Ken Liedes and Jessie Wade both shot 166 to end up in a tie for third place. Ken kept the trophy in a card-off.

Low net winner was Bob Bush with 140. Mike Koskinas was second with 144 and Bob Drewes was third, also with a 144.

Saturday closest-to-the-pin winners were: Ken Liedes on No. 4; Billy Applewhite on No. 14; Lee Hankins on No. 9; and Eddie Silbolboro on No. 5. Longest drive on No. 4 was Ken Liedes.

Sunday closest-to-the-pin winners were: Jerry Norris on Nos. 10 and 14; Lee Hankins on No. 9; and Tom Vincent on No. 5. Billy Applewhite had the longest drive.

Upcoming Events

Kenai Golf Association is having a members' Play Day on Sunday. The format will be individual medal (stroke) play. All KGA members are invited to participate, and gross and net prizes will be awarded in each flight.

The entry fee is $25 and players are to take care of their greens fees. Tee times will be between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. depending on the number of entrants. Please note there is a deadline to secure tee times Today! Call in to get a spot in the Play Day.

For golf news, tourney results and a tourney schedule, interesting golf links, junior tournament information, etc., visit www.kenaigolf.com.

See you on the practice green.



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