Birch Ridge Report: Golfers succeed on grand stage

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002

It seems there has been one tournament after another as of late -- Alaska State Amateur, Alaska Junior State Amateur, Peninsula Amateur and a myriad of others.

In reading through the results from the Alaska State Amateur Tournament held last week, former Kenai resident Tim Walsh, who captured second place in the championship flight, led quite a few Kenai Peninsula golfers. Others participating in the four-day tournament included Aaron Dexheimer, Nick Horn, Mark Azzara, Jeff Sinz, Rene Alvarez, Felix Martinez, Ken Lipski, George Stein, Mike Navarre, John Lansing and Gary Dawkins.

The two-day, 36-hole Alaska Junior State Amateur championship, which ended in a three-way tie for first place, immediately followed the State Amateur. In sudden death, Birch Ridge golfer Nick Horn won the Alaska Junior State Amateur by sinking a 9-foot putt for par on hole No. 17 at Anchorage Golf Course. It was an exciting finish and our congratulations to Nick. This is the second year in a row that the Alaska Junior State Amateur has been won by the a junior golfer from Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Friday marks the first day of play for the 29th Annual Kenai Peninsula Amateur. Last year's champ, Aaron Dexheimer, who also won the Alaska State Amateur, will be challenged by the current and previous years' Alaska Junior State Amateur champions in the championship flight. Besides Aaron, other notables who have won both the Kenai Peninsula Amateur and Alaska State Amateur include Tim Walsh and Todd Smith. Tournament play includes 18 holes of competitive golf per day, scratch play flighted by handicap. Following competitive play on Sunday will be the awards ceremony and barbecue. To sign up for this tournament or for further details contact Birch Ridge Golf Course at 262-5270.

Previous Tournaments

Last week we forgot to provide the results from the American Red Cross Tournament held on July 6. Shooting a sizzling 7-under 63 was the team on Gordon Briscoe, Sammie Cole, John Roderick and Jerry Herring. Capturing second place was Scott Kempf, Chiya Bazan, Larry and Marty Radvansky. Two teams -- Don McGhee, Rita Botelho, Carl Christiansen and Ron Tracy, and Gary Dawkins, Gene Skinner, Paula Crowley and Leonard Miraglia -- tied for third place.

Senior League

The weather is still in a great "holding " pattern for these Monday morning golfers. Seniors vying for the prizes with the three games: low net; closest to the pins on Nos. 6 and 8; plus longest putt on hole 5. Chiya Bazan shot a great game to claim first place in the low net category, a 32. Coming in closest to the pin on No. 6 was Jerry Norris with a 14-foot putt to sink for his birdie. Don McKendry claimed closest to the pin on No. 8, and longest putt on No. 5 will be a carry over to next Monday, as no one made the move to claim this prize.

Check in time remains 8:30 a.m. with the first group teeing off shortly thereafter. We would love to see more of you folks out there, as these folks reportedly have a great time and newcomers are always welcome.

Until next Monday, catch lots of fish and for a diversion from the water, come and enjoy a fun golf game with us.

Men's League

Men's night once again had a great turnout. In a chip-off, the team of Mike Hollingsworth, Bob Sizemore, Don McKendry and Steve Schoessler overcame the team of Jay Kriner, Caleb Sizemore, Wes Roberts and Richard Martin to capture first-place honors. While there was no reported long drive, Jay Kriner put it close on No. 8 while Don McKendry had honors on No. 6. Men's League continues every Wednesday with check in at 6 p.m.

Morning Ladies League

What a spectacular day for the Tuesday Women's Golf. Fifteen ladies came out to play with the lowest gross for the day being captured by Barb Vaccariello (41), Chiya Bazan (42), Lynne Reynolds (44) and Pat Bird (46). Dee Richards had her drive closest to the pin on hole No. 5 while Barb Vaccariello put hers close on both No. 6 and No. 8. Jo Briscoe reported she had her best round of the year on Tuesday and expects things are only looking better for the remainder of the year. Morning Ladies League play continues every Tuesday with check in at 9:30 a.m. and tee off at 10.

Junior Golf

The Birch Ridge Golf Association junior tournament will be held this Thursday at the golf course. Contact the Pro Shop at 262-5270 to sign up or for further details. Tournament play will be followed immediately by an awards ceremony and barbecue.

Alaska Junior Golf Association had the junior state amateur championships this past Monday and Tuesday at Anchorage Golf Course. Along with Nick Horn capturing first place in the Boys 15-17 age group, Zach Cowan took second in the Boys 13-14 group. Total scores for the two day tournament for local Kenai Peninsula golfers include: Boys 15-17 -- 1. Nick Horn,144; 6. Tony Azzara (2001 Alaska Junior State Amateur champion), 161; 10. Josh Lansing, 171. Boys 13-14 -- 2. Zach Cowan, 173.

Alaska Junior Golf Association competition will continue Monday with a tournament at Moose Run Golf Course. Additional details on the Alaska Junior Golf Association tournaments can be found at the Web site at by contacting the Pro Shop at 262-5270.

The third annual Family Affair Tournament was held on Saturday with the team of Bill and Chance Irwin shooting a blistering 53 to capture first place. Mike Hollingsworth and son Mike captured second place shooting an amazing 55 while Mo and Rich Redford captured third place. This is an absolutely great tournament and has been growing in popularity each year.

See you on the backside.

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