Once again the rain was a blessing for the fairways. The crew hustled out on the course and applied the fertilizer just in time to utilize the ground moisture. Kenai Golf Course is getting positive comments from local golfers as well as visiting golfers.
It seems this year the course has seen more golfers from Outside who are interested in golfing in Alaska while taking in Alaska's scenery, awesome beauty and fishing. Golfing until wee hours of the night is unique to most Lower 48 courses so visiting golfers are interested in the chance to experience late-night golfing.
Visiting golfers also have been delighted with the cow and twin calves who frequent the course and are often seen strolling across the 10th tee and the 18th green. The caribou, too, are out and about showing themselves off on the course. An eagle recently perched on a tree close to the clubhouse, evidently looking for a meal.
Mixed doubles this week had a great turnout. The "mystery hole" was No. 9. Golfers carded their own scores and each golfer kept a count of their total putts for the nine-hole weekly event.
The team taking the least combined number of putts in the nine-hole event included Cliff Smith and Kris Schams. The team taking the lowest combined strokes on the "mystery hole," which was No. 9, included Don and Jan Erwin.
There was a great showing by the other teams of Eddie and Teresa Sibolboro, Buzz and Patty Rome, newly weds Jason and Heather Daniels, and Todd and Pam Bullerdick.
The ladies' first tee time on Tuesdays is 6:30 p.m. Just show up and play nine holes of golf just for fun with the other ladies. This week Mary Gaiser, Nora Satathite, Alicia Morgan and Colleen Puch found their way to the course and enjoyed the nine-hole event.
The winners in the Alaska Division were the Jack Evans-Bruce Galloway team, the Jim Legner-Craig Jung team and the Eldon Harvey-Ryan Harvey team. The Felix and Pam Martinez team and Butch Anderson-Billy Applewhite team stopped play due to the sudden illness of Butch Anderson.
Butch Anderson is recovering from a triple bypass as this goes to press. We certainly wish him well and hope for his speedy recovery. Butch is a regular at the Kenai Golf Course and plays his daily 18 holes with the group called "the wild bunch."
Yours truly wishes Butch the best and pledges to NEVER call him a sandbagger ever again. Just get well and we'll see you at the clubhouse.
The winners in the Great Land Division were the Dan Cabrera-Jeff Johns team, the Dana Bassel-Fred Korpinen team, the Tom Allison-Mark Azzara team and the Rich Edward-Bob Drewes team.
The men went out and carded their own score for the nine holes. When the golfers got back into the clubhouse their names were drawn to form two-man teams. A best-ball format was used to sort out the winners. Best-ball format is when golfers play from tee to green and then record the best score between partners.
The team of Cal Larson and Roy Bird took first place with a score of 39. Golfers also kept track of their putts for the nine holes. Loren Smagge had the fewest putts for the nine holes.
The Kenai Peninsula Junior Cup final matches took place and the team from Birch Ridge Golf Course took first place once again. The Junior Cup trophy will remain at the Birch Ridge clubhouse for another year.
The junior golfers from Birch Ridge included Taylor Jackson, Brennon Jackson, Keaton Andrus, Tony Azzara, Nick Horn, Zack Cowan and Josh Lansing.
The junior golfers from Kenai were Owen Brewer, Dean Shinn, CJ Henley, Matt Matarrese, Michael Jahrig and Alec Jefferson.
The Boys and Girls Club yearly 18-hole scramble will be on Friday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Teams are getting together to plan their strategy for the competitive event.
The Johnny Monfor 18-hole, blind-draw scramble will be Saturday with tee times getting started at 8 a.m.
As it is with most of the yearly scrambles the proceeds go to local worthwhile causes. So, get your clubs to the clubhouse and have a great time while helping out a worthy cause. Imagine helping out worthy causes by playing golf!
On Aug. 6, the partner's play will be held again. It is a two-person team that plays a best-ball format. The teams play 18 holes Tuesday. Tee times must start by 5:30 p.m. Call in your tee time and join the event. Players must be Kenai Golf Association members and have a current GHIN handicap.
Yours truly hopes your putts are true, your drives find the fairway and your golfing shoes are comfortable and waterproof.
Check out the kenai golf Web site at www.golfkenai.homestead.com. See you on the back nine.
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