Tiger’s back, where are the fish?

Kenai Golf Report

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Wasn’t it great seeing Tiger Woods holding the trophy, again? You know, it was only a matter of time until he made his way back, but this was an especially meaningful tournament for him. My game has also moved me to tears at times, but for entirely different reasons!

Has anyone found our missing fish? Where, oh where have those salmon gone? As it was pointed out in the Bird Homestead Golf Report, since the fish have gone missing the age-old struggle — fishing vs. golfing — is alleviated, at least for the time being. So while the fishing is bad, the golf is good at the Kenai Golf Course. I still hope to have the opportunity to put a few reds in the freezer here fishy, fishy, fishy

Welcome back, Jim Bradford, we missed you! A warm welcome goes out to Jared Brown who has joined the watering crew, replacing Danny Pate who has left us for new adventures.

Be sure to contact Don Moock about all those pesky club repairs you have been putting off and don’t forget about those slippery grips!

Junior golfers of all skill levels, ages 8 to 17, are invited to attend a

clinic sponsored by the Kenai Chrysler Open Tournament to be held Aug. 2. Guest instructors will include 2004 Kenai Chrysler Open Champion and Senior PGA Tour player Norm Jarvis, along with current course record-holder Rich Lundell and former course record-holder Tony Grimes. Call the Pro Shop at 283-7500 to register.

Please note that Andy Anderson won the overall low net score in the Butch Anderson Senior Open, as well as the low net in the Second Flight as previously reported. Congratulations, Andy!

A birdie told me ...

Congratulations to Todd Eskelin, KGA member, who won the Peninsula Amateur Championship at Birch Ridge. Way to go, Todd! Also, congratulations to Billy Applewhite for winning the Butch Anderson Senior Open. Watch out, Billy, Gordon is serving notice for next year!

Congratulations to Ken Liedes, another KGA member, who won the Birch Ridge Senior Golf Tournament this past week. Great job, Ken! Apparently Eddie Sibolboro is burning up the Birch Ridge Golf Course these days — he recently carded a 76 there! Andy Anderson broke 90 for the first time with an 88 at the Kenai course. Great shots have been coming fast and furious lately — Randy Kornfield had his first-ever birdie on No. 11, T.J. Arneson just experienced his first-ever chip-in on No. 16, Jim Bradford eagled No. 16 from 125 yards out, and junior golfer Debbie Duggin had a great shot over the gully on No. 18.

Anyone who plays this game, no matter your level of play, knows that those great shots we all get once in a while completely and entirely make up for a round of mediocre, if not down right horrible, play and keep us coming back! Way to go!

General Manager’s Report

By the end of the season we will be able to water more of the fairways on the back nine. Our “aqua man” Michael Banks assures me that we will be able to water more of the problem areas on the back with the addition of more pipe. We are also in the process of developing a two-year plan to get water to all the problem areas on the front as well. In the immediate future, we will be watering fairways on No. 1 and No. 18 as well as certain areas on No. 11. I am looking forward to getting these projects completed.

The extended green on No. 16 is looking good. This past week, we split seeded and plugged the area. I am surprised at how fast this area is developing and it won’t be long before different pin placements will be available utilizing the new area.

Bill Burtram is in the process of clearing the wooded area on the left side of No. 1. This will help to speed play and diminish the possibility of lost balls. This process will continue extending to the left side of No. 1 green, which has been a problem area for many years. Look forward to the clearing process to continue on No. 3 and all the islands on the back nine. All the trees will stay but it will be clear around them. We removed a stump on the left side of No. 8 a few weeks ago and found 22 golf balls in it! The clearing program will continue to the end of the next golf season.

We have received six golf carts from Settlers Bay Golf Course. They are in good condition and will improve our ability to accommodate busy days and large tournaments. Many thanks to Tommy Carver for making the arrangements to get the carts down from the Valley.

Work is continuing on adding steps to the raised tee boxes. The next tee box to be completed will be the ladies tee box on No. 2.

The course is in great shape, the greens are rolling good, and we are getting great roll on the fairways with the addition of the new roller and lowering the mower. This has been a really nice improvement. We look forward to seeing you on the course — hit ‘em straight!

— Gordon Griffin

The following teams won their Kenai Cup matches on July 19: Big Guys, Mulligans, Hook & Slice, Stoned, B&B, Toads, and Two Duffers. Princely Pair tied with Atigun Equipment Rental. Standings are: in the Butch Anderson Division, Mulligans (Tom Reese/Greg Duggin) in first place with R&R (Rich Edwards/Randy Kornfield) in second; in the Donny Morgan Division, Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway) are in first followed by Toads (Dana Bassel/Todd Eskelin) in second; and in the 19th Hole Division, Hook & Slice (Lyle Winter/Rick Winter) are in first with B&B (Billy Applewhite/Bill Burtram) in Second.

On Thursday, seven ladies enjoyed the afternoon while taking their clubs for a walk. Low gross went to Kathy Herring, Kamichia Spisak had closest to the pin, fewest putts was won by Anne Marie Madsen, and Leona Jackson won the mystery hole. “Guess your score” was won by Denise Cox and Trena Richardson.

Thursday evening, the Men’s Night outing was won by the team of Don Moock, Alan Wooten and Sean O’Reilly with 4-under. The second-place team of Nick Horn, Jerry Johnston (visiting from Eugene, Ore.) and Keith Stuart also carded 4-under but lost in a shoot-out on No. 10. Sean O’Reilly won for his team when no one else could find the green!

The Alaska State Match Play Championship Qualifier was held this past weekend, Saturday at Birch Ridge, followed by play on Sunday at the Kenai Golf Course. First place went to Josh Lansing who shot 75-79, second place was held by Justin Herrmann with 79-82, a tie for third place was shared by Zach Cowan and Ken Liedes who both shot 78-84, while fourth place was won by Loren Smagge with 85-94. Josh Lansing and Justin Herrmann are now qualified to compete in the Alaska State Match Play Championship at Eagle Glen Golf Course on Aug. 12 and 13. Congratulations, Josh and Justin, and best of luck to you both.

The Kenai Golf Association Members Only Tournament was held on Sunday. The low gross winner goes to Zach Beeson with a score of 81. In the First Division, First place low net goes to Dwight Kramer who shot 88 gross/73 net. Second place low net was won by John Dahlgren with an 84/74. Third place low net was won by Bill Burtram with an 86/75. In the Second Division, first place low net goes to Bob Farrell with an 89/66. Rachelle Brehm took second place low net with her score of 92/72. Cliff Baker carded a 93/73 which earned him third place low net. Barry Jackman took the honors for long drive. Closest to the pin awards were: John Dahlgren on No. 5; Rachelle Brehm on No. 9; Eddie Sibolboro on No. 10; and Dwight Kramer on No. 14.

Don’t forget the United Way/Tesoro tournament on Saturday. There is plenty of tournament action in August with the Kenai Chrysler Open on Aug. 3-6; the Contractor’s on Aug. 12; the KGA Members Only Tournament on Aug. 13; and the Donnie Morgan Memorial Fall Classic on Aug. 19. Come on out and join us for the fun at any one, or all, of these great events. Don’t forget the friendly weekly competitions with the Couples gathering on Monday nights while the Ladies play on Thursday afternoons followed by the Men on Thursday evenings.

The days are getting shorter and the fireweed is blooming. Don’t wait, grab those clubs and head on over to the Kenai Golf Course. See you there!

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