Balls go up in smoke

Posted: Friday, July 10, 2009

Really enjoying this great weather! With warm weather comes the chance of fires and so goes the saga of summers in Alaska. The smoke has been so thick at times you have to look hard to see the flight of the ball, but this has not deterred many from enjoying the game.

Hello again from Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road. Our phone at the pro shop is 260-GOLF if you need a tee time or for general information.

We have a FULL weekend of GOLF, GOLF, GOLF, fun, friends and great food planned. Starting out on Saturday, the Quilters Tournament will take place. It's a fun scramble format with proceeds going to the Funny River Quilters. These ladies make over 100 quilts a year and donate them to needy families and new young mothers. If you have not signed up give us a call, and if you want a cart you need to call quickly as they go fast. Registration starts at 11 a.m. with shotgun start at noon. The tournament is blind draw, so you may meet someone new and make a new friend. Give us a call and we will give you all the details.

On Sunday is the third annual Stanley Ford Food Bank Tournament. Stanley Ford sponsors this tournament and supplies all of the prizes with the exception of second place. Conoco Phillips graciously donates the second-place prize. There is a hole-in-one prize with the winner driving away in a new Ford from Stanley Ford. All proceeds go to the Peninsula Food Bank, to help those in need.

You can sign up and be added onto an existing team, or you can put together a team of your own. No stacking is allowed, we have to be fair and base the teams according to their handicaps. Registration is at 11 a.m. with shotgun start at noon. Come on out and support our local food bank, because no one deserves to be hungry.

Our weekly play continues as usual with Men's Night on Tuesday nights at 6:30 and Seniors Morning at 10 a.m.

This week for Men's Night found 19 men out to play with a couple of new faces braving the Fearsome Funny River Gang. Good to have new people and we thank them for coming out. The first-place team went to PZ, Spencer, Mark and Marty. Second place fell to Jeff A., Jeff G., Duane and Bruce. Long drive went to PZ and closest to the pin on No. 6 was taken by Roy Bird. Pure birdie and closest to on No. 8 is a carry-over. The guys have a great time and encourage anyone who wants to join to come on out on Tuesday nights at 6.

Seniors Morning also has been busy.Also included at times are those who, with a note from home, can join in the fun as well. A scramble format, with a blind draw each week. Always a fun day. It's every week at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Keep in mind our Thrifty Thursdays -- always a good way to enjoy golfing with a friend for just half the cost.

Also on Thursday evenings at 5:30 keep in mind the golf clinics held by Bill. It's always good to brush up on the skills or if you are just learning the clinics provide a good way to start out without creating bad habits right away. Bill is a great instructor and we thank him for his time to teach us the great game.

Last week in the "ABCs of Golf" we talked about the Pele Punt, this week we will expound on the use of the Lob. This maneuver is used primarily for midrange (5 to 15 yards) advancements that require some degree of accuracy.

Grasping the golf ball between thumb and forefinger, one tosses the ball toward the intended target in underhand fashion, not unlike the art of bowling.

This method is particularly productive on or about the putting green.

Again, as last week, I have not found any place in the rule books that this is legal in the game of golf, in fact you can rarely pick your ball up except on the green, but there are some who don't seem to remember the rules. And so goes the game of golf.

On a more somber note, our fearless leader Elmer Bird was put in the hospital this week with pneumonia.All thoughts and prayers would be very appreciated for a speedy recovery. He is doing better now that he is on medication, but this air quality is not good for him. So keep Elmer in your thoughts as you go about your day.

With all the smoke in the air, just like golf, keep your head down and we will see you on the fairways. Have a great week.

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