Birch Ridge Report: Seniors enjoy nice weather

Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2002

Fifteen senior golfers turned out on a bright and clear Monday morning to compete in their weekly "match." Once again, the games played were low net, closest to the pins on holes Nos. 6 and 8 and longest putt on No. 5. Claiming the prize for the longest putt was Chiya Bazan with a 2-foot putt. Closest to the pin on No. 6 was Jerry Norris, who left himself an 8-footer to sink, which he did for his birdie.

Low net scores for the week were claimed by Jerry Norris carding a 31, while Chiya Bazan ran him a close second with a great 33. Good games, both of you.

Closest to the pin on No. 8 is a carry-over to next Monday as no one landed on the green to claim the cash.

Check-in time remains at 8:30 a.m. with the first group teeing off at 9 p.m. T'is a great way to start the week "off right," so let's see all of you folks out at the course next Monday.

Men's League

Twenty men showed up Wednesday evening to vie for honors with the winning team of Mike Hollingsworth, Joe Blanchard, Ron Kirkvliet and Caleb Sizemore. Closest to the pin on No. 6 was Gary Powluck, while Ron Kirkvliet claimed the honors on No. 8. The longest drive was recorded by Joe Blanchard on the third hole.

Men's League continues to play each Wednesday evening with check-in time at 6 p.m.

Morning Ladies League

Each Tuesday morning will find these "Morning Glories" checking in at 9:30 a.m. anticipating a 10:00 tee time. Last Tuesday was no exception as 11 gals showed up to play their respective games.

The "game of the day" this week was total team score on the odd-numbered holes with the team consisting of Barb Vaccareillo, Kathy Nielson, Cheryl Hammerstrom and Chiya Bazan taking the honors. Barb also won the fewest putts with 14. Closest to the pin on No. 6 was Jan Stenga and the longest drive was recorded by Pat Bird on the third hole.

All levels of play are encouraged and welcome to come out and join us on each Tuesday of the week. See you at the course.

Family Affair Golf Tournament

The Family Affair Golf Tournament is coming Saturday. This event will feature two-person teams composed of family members with at least one generation separating them. Examples are father and son, mother and daughter, grandfather and granddaughter, aunt and niece and so on.

All proceeds from this tournament will be used to support the Birch Ridge Junior Golf Program. The deadline for signing up is noon on Friday. You will be contacted that afternoon or evening and given your assigned tee time for the next day.

The cost is $50 per person and the following format will be played: hole Nos. 1 through 6 will be a Scotch twosome, hole Nos. 7 through 12 will be a scramble, and hole Nos. 13 through 18 will be a best-ball contest.

Forms for signing up are available at the Birch Ridge pro shop.

More Upcoming Events

Many of our local golfers will be competing in the Alaska State Amateur Tournament to be held July 11 through 14. We will recap the results in coming weeks. Also, the Birch Ridge Junior Golf Tournament will be held on July 18 and the Peninsula Amateur is scheduled for July 19 to 21. For details or to sign up for any of these tournaments, contact the pro shop at 262-5270.

The sixth annual Wells Fargo Alaska Professional Skins Game will be held at Birch Ridge Monday.

Fifteen Alaska golf professionals from all over the state -- Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna valleys, Fairbanks, Nikiski, Kenai and Soldotna -- will be competing in a Pro-Am event starting at 1 p.m. Monday.

The three professional golfers who record the lowest scores in this Pro/Am event will then go on to compete with our two local pros -- Tom Walsh from Birch Ridge and Bill Engberg from the Kenai Golf Course -- in a nine-hole skins game starting at 7 p.m. to determine Alaska's top golf professional.

Last year's champion, Billy Bomar of Anchorage Golf Course, will be back to defend his title. Tony Grimes of Palmer Golf Course, the 2000 champion, will attempt to regain his title.

The public is invited to attend the barbecue at 5:30 p.m. and watch the skins game immediately following the dinner, all courtesy of Wells Fargo Alaska.

We are still looking for amateurs with established handicaps to participate . If you are interested in playing in this Pro/Am event, call the pro shop at Birch Ridge Golf Course at 262-5270.

See you at the golf course!

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