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Boys and Girls Club tourney draws 30 teams to set record

Great excuse to leave work a little early

Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2000

At least 120 folks skipped out of work a little early Friday afternoon -- but hey, it was for a great cause.

The ninth annual Boys and Girls Club Golf Tournament was teeing off at the Kenai Golf Course and the fund-raising event drew its biggest field ever.

"Thirty teams -- that's the most we've ever had," said Suzanne Little, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula. "There's a lot of enthusiasm for the Boys and Girls Club."

The tournament follows a scramble format, with each team handicapped to make things interesting. The team from KSRM had the best round of the afternoon, finishing the 18-hole tournament with a gross score of 61 and a net score of 55.66 on the par-72 course.

The team from BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. was second with a net score of 55.95, followed by Peak Oilfield Services' No. 1 squad with a net score of 58.73.

While the golf tournament isn't the club's largest fund-raiser, the proceeds from the event are counted on to cover a healthy chunk on the annual operating budget. Little said that with support from the tournament's main sponsors, Peak Oilfield Services and BP Exploration, the club would meet its budgeted revenue for the event.

"This is our second-biggest fund-raiser," Little said. "Our biggest is our fall auction, but we're not sure where or when that's going to be."

In previous years, the auction took place in the Kenai Mall in the space now occupied by Sears.

Auction organizers will adapt, no doubt, just as the golf tournament organizers did this year when they moved the event to Friday afternoon from Saturday morning.

"We started out with it on the eighth of July," Little said, "but then we found out that was during the Kenai Classic. In May, we started looking around for another Saturday, but we couldn't find one, so we moved it to Friday.

"We might just keep it on Friday -- it's a good excuse to get out of work early."

Most participants, players and volunteers alike, were happy to lend a few hours to the cause.

"It's nice to see so many people here," said Carmen Stephl, a volunteer working the "casino" 10th hole Friday.

"I get to harass everybody," Stephl joked. "Everybody's having so much fun. They like their vests (a token of appreciation from the club) and the food is good."

Stephl said that most of the golfers who won something on the 10th hole -- there weren't too many of them -- ended up donating their winnings to the club.

"A lot of them just say, 'Hey, keep the money for the kids,'" Stephl said. "I know (the Boys and Girls Club) has helped my kids out a lot."

The Boys and Girls Club operates four clubs on the Kenai Peninsula in Kenai, Soldotna, Homer and Seldovia. Little said the club serves about 2,000 kids, offering everything from organized sports, such as soccer and basketball, to programs designed to help kids make good decisions throughout their life such as drug and alcohol, teen pregnancy and violence prevention programs.

"We concentrate on helping kids become productive, responsible, caring citizens," Little said. "Each (of the four clubs) is a little bit different, but they're basically the same.

"It's really the whole community (supporting the clubs). I can't think of many businesses that don't support us. Kids are something that everybody can agree on."

Ninth annual Boys and Girls Club Golf Tournament

Friday at Kenai Golf Course

Results with gross score (handicap) -- net score:

1. KSRM 61 (5.3) -- 55.66; 2. BP 64 (8.1) -- 55.95; 3. Peak No. 1 62 (3.3) -- 58.73; 4. Riverside House 67 (8.2) -- 58.78; 5. Peak No. 2 70 (10.1) -- 59.87; 6. Veco 67 (6.7) -- 60.31; 7. Individual No. 4 (Smagge) 65 (4.6) -- 60.36; 8. Cross Timbers 67 (6.3) -- 60.7; 9. Phillips Alaska No. 2 69 (8.2) -- 60.81; 10. Individual No. 1 (Mark, Terry, Brian, Charlie) 69 (8.1) -- 60.92; 11. Peninsula Home IV 66 (5.1) -- 60.93; 12. APC 67 (6.0) -- 61.03; 13. Individual No. 3 (JB, Steve, Joe, Nolan) 65 (3.6) -- 61.42; 14. Tesoro 71 (9.3) -- 61.71; 15. Forcenergy 70 (8.2) -- 61.83; 16. Phillips Alaska No. 1 70 (8.1) -- 61.92; 17. Woods Plumbing 73 (10.9) -- 62.12; 18. Kenai Chrysler Center 67 (4.7) -- 62.28; 19. Arby's 70 (n/a) -- 62.44; 20. Individual No. 2 (Mike, Joanne, Patty, Buzz) 72 (n/a) -- 62.55; 21. Peninsula Clarion 69 (6.4) -- 62.56; 22. Alaska Nitrogen 69 (6) -- 63.05; 23. State Farm 71 (7.8) -- 63.21; 24. Zubeck, Inc. 75 (n/a) -- 63.55; 25. National Bank of Alaska 73 (9.3) -- 63.66; 26. Carlile 72 (7.5) -- 64.49; 27. National Oilwell 79 (11.9) -- 67.1; 28. Peninsula ENT 76 (7.7) -- 68.3; 29. McDonald's 82 (11.8) -- 70.24; 30. First American 87 (8.1) -- 78.92.



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