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Kenai Golf Report

Business as usual at Kenai

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Haven't heard of any clubs landing in the swamps along the 15th fairway lately. Haven't seen any golfers wading into the pond on the back nine fetching a club. Haven't heard of anyone slipping out of a golf cart when his golf partner made a sharp turn. Haven't found too many clubs in pieces in the trash barrel. Recently, eagles haven't flown off with golf balls they found on the fairway.

A foursome visiting from the Midwest played until 11 p.m. the other night and wanted pictures taken of them with the deck clock in the picture. They were just taken up with the idea of playing golf until 11 p.m. and wanted pictures to prove it. Our long days are special to Alaskans, too, but we just take it in stride.

Mixed doubles

Mixed doubles starts each Monday evening at 6:20 p.m. All skill levels are invited for a fun evening of golfing. This week, the competition was keen as teams headed to the tee at 6:20 p.m.

The Edwards team won the stroke count for their total number of putts for nine holes, less the combined strokes on Nos. 1 and 4.

The Don and Sharon Moock team took the "mystery hole" with the combined for No. 3 less the combined number of putts. The teams discussed how doing "the simple but somewhat complicated math" to figure out the evening's winners was often trickier than carding pars, birds or bogeys.

Patty Rome was elated with her best-ever nine-hole score at the Kenai Golf Course. Also heard Buzz Rome shot his best (83) ever at KGC during the recent Anderson Senior Open. Congratulations to the Rome duo!

Judy Buffington and Tom Vincent shot one of their best rounds last week during mixed doubles only to find out the awards went to the players with the most strokes that evening. No one knows how the evening's winners will be determined until they enter the clubhouse with their scorecard.

Overheard a team discussing their new fairway strategy. It went something like, "Hit the ball, drag Shelley, hit the ball and drag Shelley!"

Kenai Cup

The Kenai Cup players played in a midseason tourney this past week. All KGA members were invited to play whether they participate in the Kenai Cup match play or not. The format was the Modified Stableford Scoring System.

Dwight Kramer was first with 16 points. Jack Evans, Todd Eskelin, Todd Walker and Lyle Winter all had 14 points. The tiebreaker settled Jack Evans into second place and Todd Eskelin into third place.

The midseason tournament is played each year using the Modified Stableford System.

Men's Night

There were two teams with 2-under for the weekly Thursday evening event. One three-man team included Jeff Johns, Owen Brewer and Albert Feagin. The other included Gary Katsion, Dana Bassel and Bob Reilly.

Slugger of the week was Owen Brewer. Closest to the pin was Gary Katsion.

2003 Alaska Junior Golf Tour

There will be an Alaska Junior Golf Tournament Aug. 7 at Kenai Golf Course. All participating juniors must be Alaska Junior Golf Association members. Applications are in the KGC clubhouse for both the tournament and AJGA membership.

Call 907-317-0337 for more information or contact Kenai Golf Course at 283-7500. Entry fee is $20 and the deadline is July 28 by 6 p.m.

KGA Junior Tournament Results

Winners in the 16- to 17-year-old flight were: Ju Kim in first, Tyler Morris in second and CJ Henley in third. Winners in the 12- to 13-year-old flight were: Zach Beeson in first, Beau Forrest in second and Daniel Gustkey in third.

Winners in the 10- and 11-year-old flight were: Zach Sonnichsen in first, Jared Davis in second and Morgan Cunningham in third. Winners in the 8- and 9-year-old flight were: Sam Winters in first, Bailey Beeson in second and Josh Liedes third.

Thank you to Tom Allison, Gene Granath and Charlie Kahakauwila for going out on the course with the juniors. Dana Bassel chaired the tournament.

KGA Play Day Results

There was a play day recently for all KGA members. The format was a handicapped 18-hole individual stroke play. First place low gross in the first flight was Eldon Harvey with 77. Second place was Doug Jung with an 80. First place in net play was Tom Allison, second place was Jack Evans and third was Jerry Norris.

The second flight low gross winner was Clayton Dolan with 83. Second place was Rich Edwards with 86. First place net winner was Bill Coghill, second place net was Ryan Harvey and third place net was Dave Ramsey.

The women's flight gross winner was Rita Botelho and low net winner was Shelley Ramsey.

A Birdie Told Me

What did I hear about the super duper, off set driver Billy Applewhite recently acquired? It seems it was performing like a dream for a while, then it started acting like other clubs in his bag. Billy plays a great game no matter what clubs he uses. Shame on you, Gordy, for finding Billy's dilemma humorous!

Billy is fun to play golf with. He is one of the few single digit handicappers at the Kenai Golf Course. He plays with all skill levels and brings enjoyment out on the course to many. Billy smiles even when he shoots a 78 and is beaten by the net scores of the high handicappers.

Upcoming events

The Kenai Amateur Match Play tournament will be Aug. 2 and 3 with tee times assigned. All golfers with an established GHIN handicap are invited to participate in the 36-hole tourney. All golfers will play 36 holes and awards will be given to the gross and net divisions. The $80 greens fee includes two lunches, greens fees and prizes for both days.

The format Saturday is a qualifying round with medal play. Sunday, there will be match play rounds of nine holes for net division and 18 holes for gross division. Gross division plays from the white tees and net division plays from the gold tees.

Closing thoughts

Looking for local golf news? Go to www.kenaigolf.com and check out the Golf Kenai E-News site. You'll find all sorts of tourney results, tourney schedules, junior rules, golf links galore, hole-in-one golfers club at KGC, 2003 KGC shootout winners, past winners and recent Kenai Cup standings and sublist, daily course activities and so on.

The Kenai Golf Course site is www.kenaigolfcourse.com.

What a great time to be packing a bag of sticks around the Kenai Golf Course! Yours truly caught up with the yard weeding and trimming. I will try out the dipnetting ASAP since I heard it was super. I will spend much time on the practice chipping green, especially in the sand trap as the last one grabbed me and wouldn't let go.

See you at the Kenai Golf Course.



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