Welcome back, golfers. It was a hectic week -- making time for golfing and yard work and other important things in between the rain showers. While playing the front nine this past week, my better half and I were joined on hole No. 3 by Bill Paxson. We really enjoyed his company during the round. Dave shot his personal best of 40 on the front, and while the back was not quite as good, he still managed to break 90 for the first time in a couple of years. Bill matched his personal best of 41 on the front. We won't talk about what I shot that day.
* Later in the week, we had the pleasure of hosting some friends from Kerrville, Texas, Doc and Lisa Tanner, at the Kenai Golf Course. We had way too much fun on the front (apparently played just a little slow since we were laughing so hard), but all the humor was good for my golf game as I shot my personal best. I guess it is true what they say about laughter being the best medicine, because it sure helped my golf game that day. Lisa had a great chip-in to save par on No. 8 and managed to beat my best ever score. I guess this is not surprising since she carries a 16 handicap; did I mention that I want to be her when I grow up? It was an absolutely gorgeous day and we enjoyed showing off the course, which was looking its best, and the companionship of two absolutely awesome individuals. Thanks, Doc and Lisa. I do not know when we have had a better time anywhere.
* Belated happy birthday wishes go out to Andy Anderson and Max Pate, who happen to share the same birthday.
* Congratulations to John Dahlgren for his win at the Birch Ridge Senior Tournament with a 156 total, and to Jerry Norris, who came in second with a 158. Congratulations also to Rene Alvarez who won the Men's Jr./Sr. Flight with a 159 total.
* Welcome back to Dana Bassel, we have missed you. Bill Bushnell, great first tournament -- we hope to see you in more events. Good luck to the golfers from both associations who will be competing in the Walker Cup this week.
* Juniors and ladies, don't miss the upcoming opportunity to improve your skills. Tom Carver will be leading the next Junior Clinic July 26 to 28. For boys and girls between the ages of eight and 17, the clinic will run from 10 a.m. to noon daily and costs $50. Also on July 26 to 28 but from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., is the next Ladies' Clinic, which also costs $50.
* A Birdie Told Me -- Truckee LeMay had a great pure eagle during the Firefighter's Tournament. Keith Stuart shot 39 on the front. Dwight Kramer shot a 79 recently, the first time in the 70s this season. Congratulations, guys!
* General Manager's Report -- I would like to thank the firefighters for putting on such a great tournament. Everyone had a great time. Congratulations to all the winners and to all the participants who came out to support such a great cause.
Next weekend we will host the Tesoro United Way Tournament followed by the Alliance. We are looking forward to these events. Also happening this week is the Walker Cup competition, which pits the best players from both the Birch Ridge and Kenai Golf Associations. This is a great event with excellent competition. Birch Ridge is the current cup holder.
Enough rain already! The course has had plenty and we are looking forward to some warm, sunny days. The course is in excellent condition. The greens are in the best condition they have been in a long time and the fairways are excellent.
All the areas that we have been working on are doing really well. Several weeks ago, we raised the lower section on No. 18. That area is now in excellent shape and will continue to get better.
We hope to see you on the course real soon.
-- Gordon Griffin
* Twelve senior players went out on Tuesday, July 6. Don Moock took low gross and closest to the pin while Rob Salo had low net. On Tuesday, July 13, the seniors were out again. John Dahlgren had low gross while Jerry Norris had low net and closest to the pin.
* The ladies didn't let the wind keep them away from the course on Thursday. Debbie Mabra had low gross, Kamicha Kinzie won the Mystery Hole and Trena Richardson had closest to the pin on No. 5.
* The Firefighters Tournament was held Saturday. The first-place team of Bob Sizemore, Caleb Sizemore, Mark Griffin and Chris Murray, which was sponsored by Atigun, Inc., came in at 12 under par. The second-place team, coming in at 8 under par, was made up of Tom Carver, Gordon Griffin, Doug Jung and Truckee LeMay. The third-place team of Ryan Kapp, Jesse Waltmeyer, Nolan Rose and Aaron Andrus, which was sponsored by Edward Jones, came in at 6 under par. Zach Pettit had closest to the pin on No. 5, Stan Pitlo on No. 9, Ryan Kapp on No. 10, and Chris Murray on No. 14. Mick Pettit had the long drive for men on No. 8 while Paula Crowley took the honors for the ladies on No. 2.
* The KGA Monthly Event was held on Sunday. Gordon Griffin was the low gross champion. In the First Division, Chris Morin took first place low net while Doug Jung came in second place low net. In the Second Division, the first place low net was won by Mike Kebschull while Mike Haughton won second place and Jack Eubank took third. Gordon Griffin had the closest to the pin on No. 5, Jake Eubank on No. 9, Chris Murray on No. 10, and Gordon Griffin on No. 14. Chris Murray had closest to the pin on No. 18 with his second shot. First Division skins were won by Craig Jung on No. 2, Greg Harrington on No. 4 and Gordon Griffin on No. 14. Second Division skins went to Kirk Hyman on Nos. 10 and 14; Jeff Johns on No. 2; Morgan Cunnington on No. 18; Bill Bushnell on No. 6; Danny Dykema on Nos. 3 and 17; Mike Kebschull on Nos. 1 and 7; and Charlie Kahakauwila on No. 4.
* Tournament action continues this month with the Birch Ridge-Kenai Golf Associations' competition, the Walker Cup, which starts on Thursday, continues on Friday and finishes up Sunday. The Tesoro United Way is on Saturday and the Alaska Support Industry Alliance Kenai Chapter on Saturday, July 31.
* Enjoy the breaks in the rain clouds that are sure to come and get to the Kenai Golf Course. Hit the driving range or putting green, or better yet, try out the new short game practice area. Take those clubs for a nice long walk around the course, you will be glad you did. I will see you there.
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