Birch Ridge Report: Reminder: Senior tournament kicks off today at Birch Ridge Golf Course

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2003

Today's golf tidings start with a reminder/suggestion: If your own children want you to baby sit, then you're more than likely old enough to play in the Peninsula Senior Open Tournament here at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Make your own tee times today to qualify, then you'll receive an anonymous phone call later. No irregular breathing, just somebody letting you know what time you're teeing off and in what division, on Friday. My tee time is in about an hour, so read fast.

Speaking of age (more like the lack of it), our fifth annual BRGC Junior Golf Tournament went off without too many hitches last Thursday. Special thanks go to Aaron Andrus and Zach Cowan, who walked the course with these up-and-comers, all the while pointing out course rules etiquette and general instructions.

The list of winners in the 10- to 11-year-old group from first place to fourth, respectively, is: Zac Sonnichen, Jared Davis, Morgan Cunningham and Clancy Skipwitch.

The 12- to 14-year-old winners were Daniel Gustkey (first), Kelly Skipwitch (second) and Alex Sonnichen (third).

Congratulations to all. We expect to see them all out here in 40 years for the senior tournaments ... I'll keep an eye out.

Men's Wednesday Night had a weirdly wee turnout ... are the reds in or what?

First place team prize went to Paul Zimmerman, Pete Wolfe, Mike Hollingsworth and Dan Murphy. Winning closest to the pin on hole six was Jake Blanchard; Bob Sizemore, not surprisingly, won longest drive and closest-to on hole eight.

Monday's Seniors only had eight players. (You can do the research with these two paragraphs alone to tell who has lived here long enough and has done their share of fish cleaning-canning-smoking, blah, blah, blah.) Big winner Chuck Obendorf was happier out on the golf course; George Collin grabbed longest putt and closest-to on hole eight. Darell Jelsma did likewise on hole six.

Tuesday Morning Ladies played a "mystery hole" tourney. (I don't know ... it's a mystery.) Lynne Reynolds took congrats for winning the tournament and taking the lowest number of putts. Closest-to on hole six was Cheryl Hammerstrom; Pat Bird was closest-to on hole eight.

Our next big event is the Soldotna Elks Charity Tournament on Aug. 10. Phil Turkington is the proud chairman of this event this year. Quite a leader, our "Turk." Next week, I'll have full coverage and info for you. This event has yet to disappoint.

Well, ole granny here is playing hide-and-seek with the grandkids ... while they count, I'll sneak in nine.

See ya on the greens.

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