Enough with rain already!

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2009

Just as everyone else, we are truly thankful for the rain. The courses are all looking better because of the moisture. I also hope it is helping to knock down some of the fires. But enough now, a little sunshine would be very nice. That is also good for the growth, right?

Hello and welcome once again to the Bird Homestead Golf Course. We are still located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road. The drive is still spectacular and the golfing is great!

This past weekend was the Moose Tournament. Great prizes were awarded to the winning teams. First place went to Joe Skowyra, Clayton Murrey and Dan Bassel. The second-place team consisted of Scott Rodarmel, Fritz Hayes, Dennis Rilley and Bruce Haas. Third-place honors went to Don Edwards, Peggy Edwards and Pat Bird.

I apologize for not having the stats on closest to and long drive, but I know whoever won them were happy. It was a great tournament, well put together and if you play you need to keep this one in mind for next year.

Men's night, Tuesdays at 6:30, finds guys willing to put up with gale force winds to take home the coveted envelopes. Fourteen men drew for teams and started out to rope the wind. First-place team was Max, Marty and Roy. Closest to No. 6 went to Spencer, and No. 8 went to Roy. Long drive was taken by PZ. Not for lack of trying, the wind was a huge help to these guys, but it needs to stay in the fairway. The wind was brutal, but they had fun anyway.

Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. find the seniors out to play. This week there were eight players. There were teams of two, playing their own game. A tie for first found Marilyn and Dottie sharing the glory with Paul and Dan. Closest to the pin on No. 6 was taken by Paul, with everything else carrying over to next week.

July 31 will be the Funny River Festival Tournament. This nine-hole tourney is the start to the festival weekend full of fun and festivities. Tee-off time is at 1:00. Be early to register, the cost is $35. Come out and have fun! Oh and by the way, carts are limited as in any tournament so call and reserve one early.

The British Open was played this past weekend and so I am sharing some history from the past. When Harry Vardon, six-time British Open champion, won the 1896 Open, he carried only seven clubs. At the height of his career, Tom Morris Sr., four-time British Open champion, toted only five clubs -- one wood and four irons.

Keep in mind the Thrifty Thursday, one pay, two play day. And of course the three-course discount. If you have a membership at any course, the other courses offer discounts for you. So come on out and enjoy the course, summer is rapidly slipping by.

No tournaments this weekend will make for wide-open play. Weather says it is supposed to be nice. Come on out and enjoy the great out of doors in this beautiful setting.

Golf Clubs: Weaponry Of The Game

The first thing one should understand about golf clubs is that golfers never call them golf clubs. Instead, golfers have developed such diverse nomenclature as clubs, sticks, blades and tallywackers with which to refer to their golf clubs.

Golf club is actually a genus name for three distinct species of weaponry known as woods, irons and putters.

One more perspective of the ABCs of Golf. The best thing to do is just, "Come and Play." 260-4653 will get you to the clubhouse for any info you may need. Stay dry and we will see you on the fairway.

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