Rain, rain, go away?

Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hello, golfers. I'm trying very hard to be grateful for the rain. I know we really needed it. I'm just ready for it to stop for a few days so I can get out and enjoy myself golfing and doing all those other outside activities that we attempt to squeeze into our short summers. One of my very favorite things about the game of golf is the opportunity to meet great people and the ability to renew old acquaintances. I was recently pleased to play the back nine with Karen Morris and Pam Martinez. I had not seen either of these wonderful ladies on the course in quite some time and apparently it was because I was just not around when they were. Their games are as solid as ever and it was great to see them both again. Someday, I can only hope that I will be able to hit the ball as consistently as they do, but I really don't hold much hope for it.

A birdie told me -- Congratulations to Cliff Baker, who shot a 79 on July 17, breaking 80 for the first time. Way to go, Cliff!

Congratulations to KGC Teaching Professional Rich Lundahl, who took first place at the Petroleum Club Tournament, which benefits the First Tee Program. Held this past week at the Moose Run and Anchorage Golf Courses, he shot a 64 and 66!

The final Ladies Beginning Clinic will be held Aug. 17-20 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will run $50 for the four-day clinic. No clubs? Don't let this stop you as the Kenai Golf Course has loaners available for clinic participants. The clinic held this week filled up fast so be sure to stop by or call the pro shop at 283-7500 to get your name on the list.

Mark your calendars for a new Fundamentals Clinic taught by Teaching Pro Rich Lundahl. This new clinic will cost $75 for the three-day session, which will be held on Sundays, Aug. 2, 9, and 16 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Here's one for the juniors -- the final beginning clinic will be held on August 10-11 and 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $50, will be taught by Ryan Gluth and is open to all boys and girls ages 8 to 17. No clubs? Again, this is no problem as there are loaners available for clinic participants.

Don't miss the remainder of the July tournaments, especially the Tesoro United Way Tournament which is on Saturday, followed by the Ladies-Only EZPZ Tournament on Sunday. The Walker Cup competition starts this week and is hosted by Birch Ridge Golf Course this year. The format is alternate shot on Thursday, Better Ball on Friday and Single Matches on Sunday. Gordon Griffin, captain, and Tommy Carver, co-captain, lead a team of who's who of golfers from the Kenai Golf Course -- John Dahlgren, Rich Edwards, Bob Sizemore, Rene Alvarez, Jerry Norris, Chris Morin, Todd Eskelin, Doug Jung, Jim Bradford, Chris Murray, Truckee LeMay, Derek Crowder and Derek Kaufman. Best of luck goes out to the KGC team as they compete with the awesome golfers from the BRGC.

The General Manager's Report -- A little rain has done a lot to relieve the dry fairways. The night watering crew has done an excellent job keeping our greens, the surrounds and tee boxes watered. They are finally able to have a couple of days off.

The greens have filled in nicely and are rolling really well. They were fertilized recently to take advantage of the warm rain that has been falling. This will help the greens continue to grow and mature this year.

The area around the hole No. 3 green has now been seeded and is complete. The area has been roped off to allow the grass to fill in. This has greatly improved that area and we will now start the process in back of the green, removing the stumps and hauling in top soil. The area will then be leveled and seeded. The new senior tee box on hole No. 1 is coming along really well with lots of new grass.

We plan on having that tee box in play before the season is over. There are more projects planned with some big changes around hole Nos. 7 and 8, which will probably take two years to complete. If you have any suggestions about improvements to the course, please let me know. As always, we will see you on the course!

- Gordon Griffin

The seniors had 18 players show up for the action on Tuesday, July 14. Jerry Norris took the low gross with a 38, while Dana Bassel's 33 took the low-net honors. Dwight Kramer had closest to the pin.

The ladies gathered for a great evening of golf later that same day. The winning team was composed of Cheryl Bridge, Karen Delaney and Kathy Heus.

The Kenai Cup matches were fiercely contested on Wednesday, as the G&G team (Gordon and Mark Griffin) narrowly defeated the Back Page team (Greg Harrington/Daryl Palmer) while J&K Golf (Kirk Hyman/Jeff Johns) lost to the Metsox (Andy Hanson/Jack, sub.).

The G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) defeated the R&R team (Randy Kornfield/Rich Edwards), as did the Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) against the Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway).

The Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) remain in first place with a 4.5-point lead over the two teams tied for second, the R&R team (Rich Edwards/Randy Kornfield) and the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion). Third place is held by the G&G team (Gordon and Mark Griffin). Only four weeks remain in the regular season before playoffs begin.

The ladies were out and about again on Thursday, July 16. Kathy Heus took low gross while Denise Cox had the closest to the pin. Mary Ann Hyman had the longest drive.

The first-place team on Men's Night on July 16 was Charlie Kahakauwila, Sam Winters and Zach Beeson. The second-place team of Cliff Baker, Joe Bryant, Jr. and Rudy Zaborowski won in a chip-off against the team of Doug Jung, Jeff Gilman, Joe Bryant and Keith Stasek, who fell to third place. Zach Beeson won the long drive and closest to the pin on hole No. 14, while Doug Jung had a pure birdie and closest to the pin on hole No. 10.

The Firefighters Tournament was held on Saturday. At 9-under, the winning team of Tommy Carver, Gordon Griffin, Doug Jung and Todd Eskelin should come as a surprise to no one.

I guess the rainy weather will force me to spend a little time indoors catching up on the chores I have neglected for the last few days, but I would really rather be chasing that wily golf ball.

Have a great week, golfers, and I will see you at the Kenai Golf Course.

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