Just after John Dahlgren turned 50 years old, he won the Annual Grainge Memorial Senior Tournament at Birch Ridge Golf Course. Now at 66, Dahlgren had a repeat performance Saturday, winning the Men's Master division with a two-day total of 16-over-par 156. Dahlgren had the lowest round of any of the 36 participants.
"Beating the junior guys as well as the senior guys, that was pretty nice," Dahlgren said.
Dahlgren edged out second-place finisher Jerry Norris by two strokes and Gary Stackhouse came in third with a 159. Chuck Rider won the low net.
After posting a 77 in the first round, Dahlgren ran into trouble on the front nine of his second round. A couple of double bogeys led to a 43.
"I had a real horrible front nine," Dahlgren said.
But on the back nine, Dahlgren hit eight of nine greens in regulation and sank some birdies to give him a 36 and the tournament victory.
Driving the fairways and hitting greens led to success on the back nine, he said. Dahlgren, who usually plays Kenai Golf Course, said the greens were much faster at Birch Ridge, but he handled the change with ease.
"I adjusted to them really well," Dahlgren said.
Rene Alvarez claimed first place in the Men's Jr./Sr. Flight with a 159. He won in a card-off with Jeff Hetrick. Mike Chenault placed third with a 161. Sid Cox won the low net.
"I've lost enough on card-offs. I'm glad I won on one," Alvarez said. "As usually with amateurs, it wasn't pretty, but it was effective."
Alvarez trailed Hetrick by four strokes going into Saturday's round. Putting led to his 78 in the second round, he said.
"I made a lot of putts today," Alvarez said. "I didn't three-putt all day. I one-putted a lot of greens."
Well-maintained greens made putting easy, Alvarez said.
"The golf course was in great shape," he said.
After finishing his round at Birch Ridge, Alvarez headed to Kenai to squeeze in another round before heading home to Homer. Alvarez said he was excited when he received a call that he had won.
"That was pretty cool," he said. "It was very gratifying."
On the women's side, Linda Murphy won the Ladies Masters division with a 192. Barbara Mee took second with a 199 and Sharon Keating was third with a 203. Mee won the low net.
Ardie Crawford overcame a one-stroke deficit to win the Ladies Junior division with a 174. Tanna Chenault took second with a 181 and Lisa Parker was third with a 183. Parker won the low net.
Chenault started the day with a one-stroke lead on Crawford. The two went back and forth all day, Crawford said.
"In order for me to win I had to beat her and for her to win she had to beat me," she said.
Crawford said she enjoyed playing with Chenault.
"She's a very, very great golfer," she said. "I knew I had to play good to beat her today."
Hitting several greens in regulation propelled Crawford to victory.
"There were a lot of great shots, mine just happened today to go in the right direction," she said. "Everything just felt good." Though golf is often a frustrating game, Crawford, who broke 90 both rounds, had two solid performances.
"Everything kind of went just right," she said. "I couldn't wait to get home and tell my family."
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