Bird Homestead Golf Report

Golf early, fish late

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The winning team from last Monday's Ladies Night consisted of Tonya Boedecker, Pat Bird and Dianne Hamilton, with a nine-hole scramble score of 44. Deanna Miller grabbed closest to the pin honors, hitting it 6 feet from the pin on hole No. 8. Nice shot!

Remember, Ladies Night is every Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Last Tuesday's Men's Night had its biggest turnout of the year. We had all ranges of players, from beginners to pros. We decided to play in two groups, a fivesome and a sixsome, to make the teams even. Both teams brought their "A" games, shooting a pair of 6-under-par 31s. After a one-hole playoff, it was the team of Roy Bird, Jeff Gillman, Mark Hordeman, Matt Matarrese and myself who came out on top. Long-drive honors went to Brandon Kaiser. Closest to the pin on No. 6 was Jeff Gillman and closest to the pin on No. 8 was Josh Lansing.

Rumor has it that the best fishing is at 10:30 p.m., every Monday and Tuesday. That means that you should have no problem coming out at 6:30 p.m. for Ladies' and Men's Night.

The second annual Funny River Quilters Benefit Tournament was once again a big success. Players came from all over Alaska to play in this unique event. The event is a scramble format with a twist.

On hole Nos. 2 and 11, players had to putt their ball through an opening in a toilet seat. Hole Nos. 4 and 13, if players were right-handed, they had to tee off left-handed. If they were left-handed, they had to tee off right-handed. On hole Nos. 5 and 14, they got the choice of using their drive or mine, and on hole Nos. 9 and 18 they had to putt with a hockey stick.

The first-place team shooting a 3-under-par 71 consisted of David Pickard, Larry Hamilton, Gary Effenbeck and Duane Tachik. Second-place honors shooting a 1-under-par 73 went to Paul Brewer, Don McGhee, John Brewer and George Long.

Third-place honors, after a chip-off, went to Cheryl Tachik, B.J. Brower and Frank Reynolds, shooting an even par 74. Last place, and Red Lantern honors, went to Chuck Voss, Michelle Harmon, Molly Noles and Daughn Carpenter.

Long drive for the men was won by Paul "Shorty" Brewer, and for the women, B.J. Brower was the longest. Closest to the pin for the women went to Molly Noyes, and for the men it was Dwayne Tachik.

We at the Bird Homestead Golf Course would like to thank everyone who volunteered and participated. We'll look forward to seeing you again next year.

Golf Tip of The Week

Is your putter fitted for you? Over the years I've used many styles of putters, but the one thing that they all had in common, was that they were 31 inches long, meaning that when I stand up tall, and let my arms hang to my side, with my fingers pointing out, the butt end of the putter should be right at my palm. Having a properly fitted putter will allow you to fully extend your arms, which will promote more of a pendulum type stroke, which makes it easier to swing the putter head on the correct path. Properly fitted putters also make it easier to have your eyes directly over the ball, which will also help with your swing path and alignment.

To learn more helpful hints on putting, contact the golf shop at 260-4653 to schedule a putting lesson.

The Bird Homestead Golf Course is located at Mile 12 on Funny River Road.

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