Kenai Golf Report

Wishing for rain too hard

Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2001

Thanks for the rain. Everything is green and lush again and I am almost certain the forest fire danger is low. We greatly appreciate it. However, at anytime you may shut it off and let us bask in the warm, dry sun again we enjoyed in June.

The course is happy. The fairways have taken on a darker, richer green as the grass utilizes the newly spread fertilizer. Dan and his crew recently hurried out in a downpour and spent the night spreading the nutrients to corners of the course.

Dan always seems so happy out there on the tractor dressed in his yellow slickers as he covers the course with fertilizer. Both Dan and the fairways seem to take on a glow as the fertilizer gets spread, gets wet and soaks in.

Coed Golf

The Monday night coed golfers enjoyed another evening of golf. The team with Buzz and Patty Rome took both the fewest combined putts for the nine holes. Buzz and Patty also took the "mystery hole," which turned out to be No. 2. Patty cringed as hole No. 2 was declared the "mystery hole" of the week. However, the other teams must have had some trouble with that hole also since the Romes took it all anyway.

Other teams that played in the weekly event were the Don and Jan Erwin team, the James and Jennifer Dye team, the Lee and Phyllis Halstead team and the Eddie and Teresa Sibolboro team.

The coed golfers invite all golfers to join the fun each Monday. Tee times start at 6:30 p.m.

Ladies Night

The ladies night organizers are getting weary of planning the Tuesday evening of golf only to find a handful of golfers ready to play in the weekly scramble. I heard the organizers talking about maybe dropping the event until a sufficient number of golfers show interest in playing with their attendance.

The evening is planned for ladies getting started with their golf or to just get together with other ladies who have an interest in golf. The scramble format puts very little pressure on each individual golfer. All skill levels will feel comfortable playing in this event. Let's get out this coming week and bring another gal to join the Tuesday night ladies golf scramble.

The event starts at 6 p.m. each Tuesday. Sign up by 5:50 p.m.

Men's Night

Don Wright and Jerry Norris were selected the "Real Golfers of the Week." Don and Jerry were the only regular Thursday night golfers who showed up for the event. It did indeed rain heavily that night.

Men's Night scramble play starts at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday. This week the format will be a regular scramble.

Kenai Cup

The winners on the front nine were the Richard Martin-Jerry Norris team, the Jim Legner-Craig Jung team, the Jack Evans-Bruce Galloway team, the Ed Marsh-Dave Ramsey team and the Dan Cabrera-Jeff Johns team.

The winners on the back nine were the Dwight Kramer-Doug Haralson team, the Felix Martinez-Pam Martinez team, the Tom Allison-Mark Azzara team, the Dustin Jung-Doug Jung team and the Eldon Harvey-Ryan Harvey team.

Hole in one

There has been a run on golfers getting their hole-in-one shots on those par 3s. I just caught up on the news about them very recently. I was surprised that word about the shots got by me without my ears flapping as they usually do when I hear something of interest for my article.

Roy Bird got his hole in one on No. 5 on Sunday. Bob Drewes got his hole in one on No. 14 recently. Jimmy Cartwright got his hole in one on No. 5. Jeremy White got his hole in one on No. 9. Congratulations to all those golfers who got their hole-in-one shots this season!

I heard Dan Kirsch is still thinking about getting his hole in one. Most golfers will never card a hole in one. I read an article very recently about a 71-year-old golfer who just carded her 49th hole in one. She has been playing golf for about 20 years.

Johnny Monfor Head Start Golf Classic

The Johnny Monfor Head Start Golf Classic will be held Saturday at the Kenai Golf Course. The shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $50 for the tourney, plus greens fees. The proceeds go to the Kenaitze Head Start program.

The Kenaitze Head Start supports and encourages families in strengthening their children's social, emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and cultural development. Participating in the tournament is a great way to honor a longtime Kenai resident who loved Kenai.

Junior Golf

The second and final session of the junior golf program is progressing. Golf Pro Bill Engberg is pleased with the progress of both the beginners and the juniors who signed up for both sessions.

The last junior golf tournament of the season will be on Aug. 8. Sign up at the clubhouse. The tee times will be between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. All junior golfers, both boys and girls from 8 to 17 years of age, are invited to participate in the tourney whether they were in the junior golf sessions or not.

Closing Thoughts

More and more Alaska visitors are discovering golf in Alaska. Most of the visitor centers and visitor brochures now advertise the Alaska golf courses in their magazines or on their rack cards. Golfing is a great activity for those visiting fishers who limit out or need a change of scenery.

Only in Alaska are we able to get so many things done in a day during the long summer days. I am able to enjoy my garden, fishing, hiking, canoeing, golfing and maybe a very short nap before I run across the street to be at the desk at the Kenai Golf Course.

I am fortunate enough to find both my place of work and play across the street.

See you on the back nine.

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