Birch Ridge Report: Seniors tee off for crown

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002

The 11th Annual Birch Ridge Golf Association's Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament starts today and continues through Friday. The event includes six flights for the men (50-59 Men's Flight and Master Flight for 60 and older) and three women's flights.

Entry fee includes 18 holes of competitive golf per day, scratch play, flights by handicap and an awards barbecue. Trophies will be awarded to the winner in each flight and gift certificates will be awarded to the winner and runner-up in each flight. An awards barbecue will be held immediately following completion of the tournament Friday.

Senior League

Jo Briscoe thinks the morning rains scared a lot of seniors away. But Jo said, "Like the mail must go through, the games must go on." Pat McElroy carded low net with a sizzling 35. Great game! Longest putt was captured by Don McGhee on the fifth hole when he drained an 8-foot putt.

Because there were not a great number of ladies playing, both the sixth and eighth hole closest-to-the-pin prizes were not taken today, but will be carry-overs next Monday. Hopefully, now that we have had enough rain to "keep the dust down," our typical beautiful Alaska summer will return, as will all of you want-to-be pros at Birch Ridge.

See you next Monday at 8:15 a.m. for some more challenging games.

Men's League

The threesome team of Rob Smithwick, Kip Leach and Samson Grigorian overcame five foursome teams to capture first place at Men's Night last week. The second-place team included Dan Murphy, Caleb Sizemore, Marty Arnold and Nick Horn.

Closest-to-the-pin honors were captured by Kip Leach on the sixth hole. Leach was 21 feet, 3 inches from the flag. Dave Stein captured the honors on the eighth hole, putting the ball within 14 feet, 2 inches of the hole. Moose Pass resident Jeff Hetrick took long drive. Men's League continues every Wednesday with check-in at 6 p.m.

Morning Ladies League

The game of the day this past week was 1-2-3 with Holly Davis, Chiya Bazan, Shirley Johnson and Kathy Herring combining for the winning team. Kathy Herring also had low gross for the day. Low net was a three-way tie between Pat Bird, Kathy Nielson and Jan Stenga. Cheryl Hammerstrom had the long putt on No. 6. Morning Ladies League play continues every Tuesday with check-in at 9:30 a.m. and tee off at 10:00.

Birch Ridge Cup

Birch Ridge Cup play continues with details on the latest standings to be provided next week.

Junior Golf

The fourth annual Birch Ridge Golf Association Junior Tournament was held July 18. Nick Horn defended his title and for the third year in a row and won the 15 to 17 age group. Brennan Jackson captured first-place honors in 13 to 14 age group with Taylor Jackson taking first in the 9 to 12 age group.

While this is normally an 18-hole event, this year, due to torrential rain, play was called after nine holes.

The Alaska Junior Golf Association had its final tournament of the year at Anchorage's Moose Run Golf Course. Results will be reported next week.

Upcoming events

The Soldotna Elks Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 10. For a $50 entry fee, if you sign up by July 31, or $60 after July 31, the golfer gets 18 holes of golf and a steak dinner following the tournament. There also is the opportunity to win cash prizes for closest to the hole on Nos. 6, 8, 15 and 17.

Long drive prizes will be awarded for both men and women on hole Nos. 4 and 13. And a hole in one on No. 15 wins a new Buick. Cash team prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. For details or to sign up for this great tournament stop by the pro shop or call 262-5270.

See you on the backside.

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