Bird Homestead Golf Report: Real Alaskans don't let a little rain interrupt golfing

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010

We have seen another week of our beautiful summer pass. The weather cannot dictate what we do, we live in Alaska. We have seen more business this week than we have all summer. As I sit here writing this tonight the golf course is full of people playing for fun or doing match plays for the Bird Homestead Golf Association Cup. What a beautiful night and perfect golfing weather.

If you haven't had a chance to check us out yet this year we invite you to come and see the wonderful work that Larry Hamilton and his grounds crew have done on our course this year. Each year the course looks better and better. The greens have actually come in nicely before the end of the season, the fairways are beautiful and the tee boxes look like green carpet. Even with the freeze we experienced this last week everything is green and in great shape.

The Moose Tournament was held on Saturday morning. This is such a great benefit tournament and I am sure it was the weather that kept people from coming out. We did have four four-person teams that came out and were very pleased to golf the entire tournament without a drop of rain.

Pat Bird was the long-drive champion of the day and Ron Engebretson landed about 43 inches from the cup on the eighth hole. Nice job to both of them. Omar Thompson, Blake Colton, Joel Lawrence and Robert Frazier took first, coming in 6 under par, with the next closest team of Ed Aisenbrey, Pete Barrett, Frank Bassetti and Brian Boyer shooting 3 over. The Moose Lodge would like to thank all its hole sponsors and everyone who contributed to this tournament. The proceeds from this tournament are used to provide scholarships to the local high school seniors to further their education. We have set a tentative date of July 9, 2011, for next year. Be sure to mark it on your calendar and make plans to join us.

Ladies, we still have our Ladies Night on Monday at 6. We would love to see some new faces. The 12-mile drive from town is only 20 minutes and has beautiful scenery along the way. I promise we will make you feel welcome and you will have a great time. This last week was cloudy and a little wet but nothing an umbrella can't cure. Faith Link and Susan Ellis took first and Faith Link had the long drive of the night. Ladies come and give it a try, you don't have to be a pro to play with us ladies and we are always good for some laughs.

Men's night was a little quieter than usual. We had three three-person teams playing a blind-draw scramble. Al Dettmer was the long-drive guy of the night and Trevor Hordemann took the pot for landing closest to the pin on the eighth hole. The pot for the sixth hole grows more each week, it will be worth big bucks when someone lands it. Roy Bird and Dave Kerkvliet both had a pure birdie on the fifth hole. Nice job. Can you teach me how to do that?

Coming in 4 under par was the first-place team of Dave Kerkvliet, Scott Sundberg and John Barrick. Can you teach me how to do that too? Nice golfing guys!

Senior's Plus on Wednesday morning had two three-person teams and a nice morning for golfing. Larry Taylor, Steve Ellis and Amanda Bird were the winning team and Susan Ellis took long putt for the morning. Wednesday at 10 is open to anyone who is looking for some fun on the golf course. Gather your friends and come join us.

Bird Homestead Golf Association has been conducting their Youth Golf Program on Saturday mornings. They would like to take this time to thank Dotty Hackett, Judi Artman and Dave Kimura for volunteering their time to teach the future golfers of America about the game. If you haven't been out you haven't missed it all. There are still a couple weeks left and all youth and parents are welcome. They start Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. and it lasts about 1 12 hours.

For anyone who plays golf you know the short game is most important and the kids have been learning this. They have spent time on the putting green practicing form, speed and chipping. Last week they spent time on the driving range practicing form and contact. This program is free to all so come and check it out.

Just a quick reminder that the Annual Kenai Peninsula Food Bank tournament sponsored by Stanley Ford will be this Sunday. Entries close at 11 a.m. with a noon tee time. This is an 18-hole scramble with four-person teams. The tournament is open to the first 72 people so be sure to get your entry in if you haven't already.

If you don't have a team, please contact the clubhouse and we will help you put one together. We have had calls of singles looking to play. This is a great tournament supporting the functions of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and all the families they bless throughout the year. Call in the great weather Sunday and come join us.

Bird Homestead Golf Association has rescheduled its Annual String tournament for July 24 at 1 p.m. Entry forms are available at the clubhouse. It always amazes me what kind of fun people can incorporate into a golf game. Entry fees are $60 and include greens fees, food and prizes after golfing. This is an 18-hole blind-draw scramble open to anyone who wants to play.

After a day of working or slow fishing come and enjoy yourself with a pleasant golf game at Bird Homestead Golf Course located at mile 11.8 Funny River Road. The coffee is always on and the smiles are always big!

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