Birch Ridge Report

Junior golfers keeping busy

Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2001

There were only a few Kenai Peninsula golfers who ventured to Anchorage for the Alaska Junior Golf Association tournament at Anchorage Golf Course Monday.

Under dark, damp skies, in the Boys 15-to-17 division, Nick Horn placed third, posting an 88 behind Mark Kleedehn's 86 and Daniel Ghan's 87.

Other peninsula competitors included Tony Azzara (94) and Matt Matarrese (98). Josh Lansing competed in the Boys 13-to-14 division, finishing at 95 behind Eun Jin Kim at 83, Chad Kim (84) and Matthew Brebner (85).

A number of Kenai Peninsula junior golfers are signed up to play in a JPGA sanctioned tournament July 16 and 17 at Eagleglen Golf Course. The AJGA Junior State Amateur tournament will be July 23 and 24 at Anchorage Golf Course.

Ryder Cup competition concludes this week with twelve individual matches. Birch Ridge currently leads the series 9-3 over Kenai Golf Course.

Annual Birch Ridge Junior Golf Championship will be July 19. There will be separate groupings for boys and girls with three divisions: 8-to-12 years old; 13-to-14 years old; and 15-to-17 years old. Entry fee is $20 and includes a barbecue following tournament play. Golfers should check in at 7:30 a.m. with tee times beginning at 8 a.m.

Contact the Pro Shop for details.

Senior League

Jo Briscoe reports on the play from Monday with her Master Seniors epistle!

Because of the questionable looking skies, only eight participants showed for this exciting game -- fewest putts on the front nine!

There was three-way tie at 16 putts between Mo Redford, Jerry Norris and Gordon Briscoe hence a "putt-off" ( H'mm) on the ninth hole with winner-take-all. Barely eking by his worthy opponents, Mo Redford prevailed.

Once again, the two closest-to-the-pin holes were Nos. 6 and 8, with Chuck Rider taking the "honors" on both of these challenges. Where was Chuck when Seekins Ford was offering a new car for a hole in one last Saturday?

Longest putt on hole No. 7 this week was a 7-foot snake captured by Mo Redford.

Let's get out there and give these folks some competition!

See you next Monday. Remember check in time is 8:30 a.m. with tee-off around 9 a.m.

Tuesday Morning Glories

Low net of the day went to Pat Bird at 31 while Lynne Reynolds took low gross with a spectacular 42. Lynne also took honors with closest to the pin on No. 8 and Susan Haggart stroked the fewest putts with 14.

Ladies Birch Ridge Cup

Halfway through the season, the team of Wendy Alt and Carolyn Turkington is tied with the 2000 defending champions Jan Stenga and Myrna Cowan for first place at eight points. Other teams include Terry Mattison and Sharon Keating (7); Paula Crowley and Shelley Ramsey (7); Linda Murphy and June Stuckey (6); Judy Keck-Walsh and Ardie Crawford (4); Nan Weaver and Tanna Chenault (4); Lynne Reynolds and Jane Tongen (3); Barb Winkler and Susan Jelsma (2); and Pat Bird and Rhonda Dettmer (1).

Men's Night

The men took the evening off in observance of the Fourth of July. Play resumes this Wednesday

Men's Birch Ridge Cup

The team of Gary Dawkins and John Lansing has edged out the Stein boys for first place in the Red Division after five weeks of play with Doug Marshall and Dan Murphy maintaining third place position. In the White Division, the team of Ron Carlson and Roy Hamby is just a point in front of Jay Kriner and Mike Azzara with the father-son Green team holding on to third. Complete results through the sixth week will appear next week.

Wells Fargo Pro Am

Professional golf is coming to the Kenai Peninsula July 17. Beginning at 6 p.m., the Wells Fargo Pro Skins Game tees off. Participants will include Birch Ridge's Tom Walsh and Kenai's Bill Engberg. Tom and Bill will be joined by last year's defending champion Tony Grimes, Palmer Golf Pro as well as Billy Bomar and James Contrearas from Anchorage Golf Course and John McBride and Jeff Barnhardt also from Palmer.

Earlier in the day there will be a Wells Fargo Pro Am which will include seven teams with four amateurs and one pro on each team. For the amateur there will be a team score based on low gross and low net for each hole and individual prizes awarded for first- and second-place low gross amateur and first- and second-place low net amateur.

There will also be closest-to-the-pin prizes awarded on No. 6 and No. 8 and long drive on No. 3.

The Pro Am is funded by Wells Fargo and is free, open to the public and will include a barbecue.

Family Affair Golf Tournament

The Family Affair Golf Tournament will be this Saturday with check-in at 7:30 a.m. This event features two-person teams composed of family members with at least one generation separating them, i.e. father and son, mother and daughter, grandfather and granddaughter, etc. The format will include six holes of scotch twosome, six holes of scramble play and six holes of best ball.

One of us will be teamed up with our son while the other family member has agreed to caddie.

This is a great tournament with all proceeds used to support the Junior Golf Program at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

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