Kenai Golf Report: Griffins, Sizemores team up to win Tesoro United Way Tournament at Kenai

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I hardly know what to think as our summer continues to speed by and the rain shows no sign of letting up. I am grateful for the time that the wet, cool weather affords me to get inside chores done, but there are still outside chores waiting to say nothing of more rounds of golf at the Kenai Golf Course waiting to be played.

* General Manager's Report -- Gordon Griffin was so busy this past week with the Walker Cup preparations and play that he really did not have time to put pen to paper. That's OK, Gordon, I certainly understand and look forward to your comments next week after you have recovered from all the celebration following the KGA victory in the Walker Cup. Congratulations again!

* Tuesday, July 20, saw the senior men out in force as 12 of the "old" guys gathered to enjoy themselves. Craig Jung shot low gross with a 38 and a 33 earned Pat Bowen the low net award. Keith Stuart and Jim Bradford tied for fewest putts during the round with 14 each. Great games, gentlemen!

* Quite a lot has already been reported concerning the Birch Ridge-Kenai Golf Associations' competition, the Walker Cup. I would like to extend my congratulations to the KGA golfers for their outstanding play and for bringing the trophy back home, and to the Birch Ridge golfers for their excellent sportsmanship.

* The Tesoro United Way Tournament took place Saturday. The first-place team of Bob Sizemore, Caleb Sizemore, Gordon Griffin and Mark Griffin were sponsored by Atigun, Inc. KSRM sponsored the second-place team of John Davis, Barry Brewer, Rita Geller and Dennis Cork. On the Peninsula Clarion's third-place team was Stan Pitlo, Dusty Steinbeck, Greg Harrington and Daryl Palmer. Stan Pitlo had closest to the pin on Nos. 5 and 10, Rita Geller on No. 9 and Mark Griffin on No. 14. Theresa Steelman had the long drive on No. 8 for the ladies while Kevin Myers took the honors for the guys. This is an excellent tournament for a great organization and helps support many of the United Way's terrific programs. Thank you to Tesoro for sponsoring this tournament again this year. Thank you to all the terrific companies who sponsored teams or contributed to the tournament. And last but not least, thank you to all the great golfers who came out for this event.

* The final tournament for July is this weekend -- the Alaska Support Industry Alliance Kenai Chapter, which takes place on Saturday. Call the pro shop for details at 283-7500. There are tournaments every weekend in August as well so don't miss your chance to participate. The 20 plus Handicap Tournament is on Saturday, Aug. 7 and the Kenai Golf Association Monthly Event is on Sunday, Aug. 8. Stay tuned for more tournament information for the remainder of August, or call the pro shop or stop by to check out the tournament schedule.

* An amazing (and true) golf fact for your entertainment -- it had been speculated that Arnold Palmer's golfing career was over after he missed the cut at the 1968 Masters and finished 59th in the U.S. Open. Proving his critics wrong, Palmer broke an eight month winless streak at the Kemper Open that year when he came from three shots back to win with a final round score of 67. With this win, he became the first player in golfing history to reach the $1 million career earnings mark.

* August will be here before you know it and hunting season will further compound the list of things already waiting to be done. Make time to listen to the birds chirping and the cranes calling and the sweet sound of a well hit golf ball. I will see you at the Kenai Golf Course.

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