Fore, golfers. Another week of our summer has raced by. I don't know about you, but I certainly enjoyed the beautiful, sunny days and while the rainy days were not as welcome, they did afford me an opportunity to slow down and catch my breath. I am chomping at the bit for a little less liquid sunshine so I can get back out on the course and take my clubs for some exercise. The Kenai Golf Course is looking incredible, by the way.
I was pleased to stumble across an old friend and golfing buddy last week -- Paula Crowder. It has been a coon's age since I had seen Paula out on the course and was very pleased to discover that she was back in the area. Paula is an incredible golfer. I hope to see her soon at the KGC.
* There are many opportunities this month to improve your game, whatever your age. Gordon Griffin will be leading another Men's Short Game Clinic on July 20 and 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at a cost of $35. Tom Carver will be leading the next Junior Clinic July 26-28. For boys and girls between the ages of eight and 17, the clinic will run from 10 a.m. to noon daily and costs $50. Also from July 26-28, but from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., is the next Ladies Clinic, which also costs $50.
* Don't miss out on the weekly action at the Kenai Golf Course. The Senior Men play Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. The ladies take the field two days a week, so depending on your schedule, you ought to be able to make one of the outings -- Tuesdays at 6 p.m. or Thursdays at noon. And of course, the men meet weekly every Thursday night at 6 p.m. If you are interested in participating in these activities, please be at the pro shop at least 15 minutes prior to the starting time. A phone call to KGC can also get your name on the list for these activities.
* The Kenai Golf Course is looking for a good flag design. Anyone with an idea should contact the pro shop at 283-7500 or stop in to let the friendly folks in the pro shop know.
* A Birdie Told Me -- Dave Litchfield had a great eagle on hole No. 18. Ron Tracy was the proud recipient of a hole-in-one on No. 10. Great shots, guys. Sandy McDaniel had a 91 recently. Great Score. The clubhouse chatter has provided me with a number of notable rounds recently -- John Dahlgren had a 78; Max Pate shot 91; Jeff Belluomini had an 89, his personal best to date; Mark Griffin 77; Ken Liedes 82; Jake Eubanks, Jr. 92; Rich Edwards 76; John White 79; Keith Stasek 82; Mike Kebschull 80; Johnny Johnson 91; Chris Murray 79; Dan Irmen 90; Gary Brumley 84; and Keith Stuart 88. Wow, these guys mean business.
* General Manager's Report -- The course is continuing to improve and great weather conditions with just the right amount of rain have made for outstanding playing conditions.
The slit seeding process completed a few weeks ago has produced excellent results. The pavilion has gotten a face-lift. All the tables were sanded and stained and the area looks great. Thank you, Brent and Chad Mello, for doing a great job -- what a lot of work that was.
Jerry Norris continues to work on the sand traps and is doing an outstanding job. He informed me that all 30 traps have received major attention and will now start the process over again. Dusty Culbreath and Willie Perkins have lowered the greens for the last time. They will remain at this height for the remainder of the playing season. The greens look great, guys, and I have received many compliments from people from all around the state.
The greens on the new practice area have been cut down and they look real good. Thank you, Chris Kimball and Willie Perkins. More and more people are beginning to use this area.
The area behind the green on No. 9 is looking great. It was leveled and the grass is coming in quite well. This will really make a lot of difference to those golfers who hit the ball long over the green.
Thank you, Keith Stuart, for the great lost-and-found box you made for the pro shop.
I was driving by Birch Ridge Golf Course the other day and was struck by the fantastic condition of that course and I hear that Bird Homestead Golf Course is also in great shape. I encourage everyone to play all three courses as much as possible. We are lucky to have three quality courses in the area.
We have many great events during the rest of July. Be sure to check the schedule. You can call the pro shop for more information on all these events.
As always, I will see you on the course.
-- Gordon Griffin
* As Gordon said, there are a lot of great events coming up starting with the Firefighters Tournament this weekend on Saturday, followed by the KGA Monthly Event on Sunday. The Walker Cup starts on Thursday, July 22, continues on Friday and finishes up Sunday. The Tesoro United Way is on Saturday, July 24 and the Alliance on Saturday, July 31.
* Here's hoping there is great golf in your future and a lot of riders on the Kenai Golf Course. What's a rider, you ask? It's when you hit the ball far enough to get in your golf cart to ride to your next shot.
I will see you on the course.
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