Much ado about golf

Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Happy July, golfers, and hasn't it been freaking wonderful? The weather continues to wow both residents and visitors. Our dear friends from California, Bob and Peggy Fischer, are here for Bob's annual fishing frenzy and are thoroughly enjoying themselves. I am looking forward to golfing adventures here and elsewhere with Peg while my better half and Bob scare the fish. On Monday, Peg endured her first (and last) halibut charter, a rather "unsettling" experience to say the least. Ladies, don't forget there's a Beginning Clinic coming up next week, July 20-24 from 6 to 8 p.m. daily. The fee for the clinic is $50 and clubs are available if you do not have your own.

Rumor has it that Santa has been seen at the Kenai Golf Course. Strangely enough he was riding a mower and there was no sign of Rudolph or any of the elves. Seriously, Charlie Waguespack is sporting a beard that Santa would envy, getting ready for his "other" job in Anchorage later this year.

Truckee LeMay, Kenai Golf Course employee and KGA member, recently won low net in the State Amateur Championship in Anchorage with his score of 299. Congratulations, Truckee. That's some great golfing!

There is still a lot of tournament action with the Firefighters Tournament on Saturday. The Tesoro United Way Tournament is on July 25, followed by the Ladies-Only EZPZ Tournament on July 26.

The 2009 Atigun Cup Standings to date are, for the Flights Division: Cliff Baker, Jeff Johns, Kirk Hyman, Jim Bradford, Andy Anderson, Randy Kornfield, Joe Deauveaux and Mike Kebschull. In the Gross Division: Gordon Griffin, Rich Edwards, Chris Morin, Mark Griffin, Todd Eskelin, Bob Sizemore, Derek Kaufman,and Jesse Wade. There is still time to sign up. The season entry fee is only $25 and you only have to make the top eight places to be in the playoffs for 50 percent off a regular-season pass.

The Kenai Open Pro-Am is set for Sept. 12-13. Tee times will be at 10 a.m. and I hear there will be lots of swag for all contestants! There is a $250 entry fee for both pros and amateurs and an additional $20 daily fee for skins buy-in. There will be a field of 70 players -- 20 professionals and 50 amateurs from around the state. Contact the pro shop at 283-7500 for more information.

The General Manager's Report -- This past weekend, the Alliance Golf Tournament was held at the Kenai Golf Course with 33 four-man teams participating. What a great, well-organized tournament this was and everyone had a great time. The weather was for the most part good, steadily improving as the day progressed. Chevron also hosted a tournament which was well organized. I would like to thank all the participants in both events. On Sunday, we had the second KGA Monthly Event. Two more are scheduled in the coming months. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to the KGA Board for doing such an outstanding job. We are looking forward to the Tesoro United Way Tournament next weekend as well as another tournament presented by Chevron.

The course continues to improve and we are looking forward to the completion of the project around hole No. 3 and the start of additional projects. Thank you, Bill Burtram, for staying on top of the project and all your hard work. As always, see you one the course

- Gordon Griffin

The seniors continue to enjoy their Tuesday-morning outings, this time on July 7. Jesse Wade won low gross while Charlie Muhs had low net and the longest putt. The Kenai Cup action continued on Wednesday as the R&R team (Randy Kornfield/Rich Edwards) defeated the G&G Team (Gordon and Mark Griffin) and the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) won their match against the Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway). Also winning their matches were the teams of Back Page (Greg Harrington/Daryl Palmer) over the J&K team (Kirk Hyman/Jeff Johns) and the Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) over the Metsox (Derek Kaufman/Andy Hanson).

The Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) are still solidly entrenched in first place and followed closely by the R&R team (Rich Edwards/Randy Kornfield). At this point in the competition, the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) have moved into a tie for third place with the Back Page Team (Greg Harrington/Daryl Palmer).

The ladies enjoyed their weekly round of great golf and companionship on July 9. Lynda Dahlgren had low gross and Denise Cox had the fewest putts. Mary Ann Hyman was the winner of the mystery hole and Trena Richardson continues to dominate the closest-to-the-pin on hole No. 5.

Fourteen players met for the Men's Night gathering on July 9. The first-place team at 6-under was Beau Forrest, John Davis and Cliff Baker. The second-place team, coming in at 4-under, was Justin Herman, Paul Zimmerman, Keith Stacik and Zach Beeson. Charlie Kahakauwila had the closest-to-the-pin on hole No. 5, while Cliff Baker took the honors at hole No. 9. Jeff Gilman had the long drive on hole No. 8. There was a veritable flock of pure birdies in this round with Shawn O'Reilly on hole No. 4 and Cliff Baker on hole No. 9. Beau Forest and Zach Beeson also had pure birdies during the round, although there was some confusion as to which holes this occurred on.

The KGA Monthly Event was held on Sunday. In the First Division, Doug Jung took low gross, while Charlie Kahakauwila had low net. Chris Murray took second place and Cliff Baker was in third. Gordon Griffin and Cliff Baker took the skins in this division. In the Second Division, the first-place low-net score belonged to Rachelle Thompson. Pam Martinez was in second place and Andy Anderson was in third. The skins were divvied up as follows: Sid Cox, Randy Kornfield, Kirk Hyman and Josh Eubank all took one, while Pam Martinez won two. Roy Wells had the closest-to-the-pin on hole No. 5, Andy Anderson on hole No. 9, Barry Jackman on hole No. 10 and Gordon Griffin on hole No. 14. Congratulations to these golfers!

I noticed with some dismay that the fireweed has begun to bloom, although happily it's pretty sporadic so far. There is still so much to see and enjoy especially given our weather lately -- golf, the Wednesday and Saturday markets, golf, fishing, golf, fishing, golf, backyard barbecues, golf, fishing, golf, sight-seeing trips to Homer, and oh, did I mention golf? Get on over to the Kenai Golf Course and enjoy the scenery and friendly folks you are sure to meet. I will see you there.

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