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Birch Ridge Report

Same old, same old? Hardly

Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2005

You may think it's the same thing summer after summer — Tiger wins another British Open, Lance conquers another summer ride through the Alps, the reds are in, the reds are out. Well, don't get too complacent. The Twin Cities Walker Cup took off this summer and the NASA Shuttle soared once more into space. (Okay, apples and oranges, but it's a change, no?)

The Walker Cup has a long history dating back to the early 20th Century. The inaugural game with our country's team winning against the British team was played in 1922. Bob Sizemore of Birch Ridge has done a super job of research and implementation; all the team members for this first annual event thank him for his work. As of this writing, both days' events are tied up between Kenai and Soldotna. I can also tell you that if the whoops and hollers are any indication, these guys are having a great time. Friday will be the last day and will be a handicapped match play.

Men's Night is still in the running. Last week's winning team consisted of Nick Horn, John Davis, Tom Drum and Gene Diamond. Second placers were Dan Murphy, Steve Horn, Dick Cockcroft and Jason Webb. Nick Horn scored closest-to on hole 6 as did Mike Hollingsworth on hole 8. Phil Christensen won long drive while Darell Jelsma scored a pure birdie for hole 5.

Tuesday Morning Ladies enjoyed a scramble format this week. Winning team members Myrna Cowan, Dee Richards and Cheryl "Ms. Hole-in-One" Hammarstrom scored with a 38 and only 11 putts for the day. Their last scheduled play date is Aug. 9.

Speaking of holes-in-one champions: Jason Bang from Kodiak was here in our fine city June 28 and plunked that ball in hole 15 with a 6-iron and one swing. Soldotna's own Irving Carlisle did likewise on July 6 on hole 8 with a 7-wood. This act supposedly cost him about $250 at hole 19 for all his new-found "friends." He said it was worth every penny; does Mrs. Carlisle agree?

The Soldotna Elks Lodge is gearing up for its annual tournament here at Birch Ridge slated for Aug. 6. You get the best bang for your buck on this beauty — $55 gets you green fees and a steak dinner afterward at the Elks Lodge IF you pay on or before Sunday; after then, the price is still reasonable at $65. For $10 more, you can bring a guest for dinner. More than $1,700 in cash prizes offers even more incentive. This event fills up fast every year, so get your entry forms at the Elks Lodge or Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Our next tournament sponsored by the Birch Ridge Golf Association is the always popular Bassackwards Tournament scheduled for Aug. 20. (More info as the date approaches.)

A little gossip for all my fine readers: it seems last week a pretty good player that we all know and love scored a 13 — on only one hole! Now, yours truly is capable of doing that at any given time. However, this person is usually right on top of his game. What happened? Fortunately for us all, he has regrouped. You don't know who it is? Well, his name is ...



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