Kenai Golf Report

Plenty to do in Homer

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Hello, Golfers. Hope you all had a safe and very happy Fourth of July. I was recently reminded that we should remember to take time from our busy lives to look around and enjoy the sights and not to let the tourists have all the fun. A "girls only" road trip landed me in Homer for a couple of days. I have always loved Homer, beachcombing on the Spit, watching the eagles and all of the good times that I have always associated with this lovely little town. My friend, Andrea Reese, and I had a blast watching a tourist take pictures of light posts — he was really trying to capture the eagle sitting on top of the light but from his vantage point I am not sure what he expected to see! He was very lucky that he didn't end up with a lens full of an unexpected gift! The Salty Dawg was a blast and I had the pleasure of watching Andrea act as unofficial ID checker when she started carding people. The folks at Lands End were wonderful and the spa was a treat — my massage and Andrea's facial were nothing short of spiritual experiences and left us feeling ready to conquer the world. If you have not eaten at Fat Olives, you had better give it a try next time you are there. Do not forget to have a bonfire on the beach at day's end, watch the boats come back, listen to the waves and seagulls, and breathe ...

Junior golfers, do not forget the upcoming KGC All Junior Tournament, ages 8 to 17, on Tuesday, July 31. Check-in is at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. start for the stroke play tournament which will be flighted by age and experience. There is a $20 fee for the tournament which includes lunch and prizes. Registration must be completed by Monday, July 30 at 6 p.m. to be considered for the tournament. Stop by or call the pro shop at 283-7500 for more information, or talk to Tournament Director, Don Moock.

General Manager's Report

What a difference a week makes, all our efforts on the greens have paid off. With the recent favorable weather conditions, the greens are getting flush. The grounds crew is busy mowing, mowing, mowing. The fairways and tee boxes are in outstanding condition.

Just for your information, the greens are fertilized every 18 days. The surrounds are fertilized every six weeks and the fairways are fertilized three to four times a year. Regular application of fertilizer is the key to healthy greens. The greens are also top dressed two to three times a year. Late in the year, they are plugged and sanded. The fairways and green surrounds are plugged in the fall. The next time you see Bill or Dusty, be sure to tell them what a great job they are doing. We have had a great response to the Junior and Ladies clinics that are in process this week and will hold additional clinics in August. Please check with the pro shop for additional information. In addition, we are looking into the possibility of another Junior Tournament in August. I would like to thank the Firefighters for putting on a successful and well-organized tournament. Thank you, Tommy Carver, for helping set up everything. Thanks also to Ron Goecke for his help. Thank you, Jerry Norris, for being my "eyes on the course." Many thanks to Pauline Goecke for providing the cake for Ladies Day. Thank you, Pedro Sibolboro, for helping us on the course. And thanks especially to the Kenai Golf Association for helping with expenses on the course.

There are still a lot of projects around the course — the jungle on the right side of hole No. 2 has been cleared and you should now be able to find your ball without much difficulty. There is a small area of ground under repair on hole No. 18. We have tilled up that area and replanted. We will begin work on removing two trees around the green on hole No. 3 which are blocking the sunlight from reaching the green and whose roots are causing problems.

Bill Burtram says the greens have all been lowered this week and are rolling faster.

We are looking forward to the Alliance Tournament on July 14, the Butch Anderson Senior Open on July 21-22, and the United Way Tournament on July 28. See you on the course!

- Gordon Griffin

Don's Tip of the Week — If you just aren't hitting your shots solid, you may want to check your grip. If your upper hand is near or off the end of the grip, this can lead to poor contact with the ball. For solid contact, move your upper hand about a half-inch from the end of the club. See you on the course.

- Golf Pro Don Moock

While the information I received previously showed Kenai Cup play scheduled for the Fourth of July, I have not received any results and have to assume that a general outcry caused the play to be postponed. Stay tuned for details.

The winning team from the Firefighter's Tournament will come as no surprise. Coming in at 8-under was Doug Jung, Tommy Carver, Eldon Harvey and Gordon Griffin. If this had been a poker hand, bullets would fly. Honestly, with these guys all on one team, how could they not win?

The remaining July tournament schedule has the Alliance on Saturday, July 14; the KGA Monthly Event on Sunday, July 15; the Butch Anderson Senior Open on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22; the United Way on Saturday, July 28; and the Par 3 on Sunday, July 29. Don't forget to watch out for those deadlines and be sure to stop by the pro shop and get signed up. See you on the practice green!



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