August promises to be a great month for clinics at the KGC, beginning with the Fundamentals Clinic held on Aug. 2, 9 and 16. This class will be taught by teaching pro Rich Lundahl and will cost $75 for the three-day session held from 4 to 6 p.m. On Aug. 10-11 and 13, Ryan Gluth will be offering the final Beginning Juniors Clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Then from Aug. 17-20 the final Ladies Beginning Clinic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Both the junior and ladies clinics run $50. As always, please do not let the lack of clubs stop you from signing up and grooving your swing. The KGC has loaners available for clinic participants. Stop by the pro shop or call 283-7500 to register.
There is a full calendar of tournament action coming up in August. The Brown Bear Tournament leads the way on Saturday and Sunday. The Soroptomist Tournament is on Aug. 7, the 20+ Handicap Tournament is on Aug. 8 and the KGA Monthly Event is on Aug. 9. The Donny Morgan Memorial Tournament will be held on Aug. 15-16. The Ferguson Tournament is on Aug. 22 and the EZPZ Ladies-Only Tournament is on Aug. 23. The Butch Anderson Memorial Open closes out the tournament action on Aug. 29-30.
As you are probably aware, the Kenai Golf Course team was unable to hold off the Birch Ridge Golf Course in the annual Walker Cup competition. My congratulations go out to the Birch Ridge golfers on their successful bid to retain the trophy. I would like to extend my congratulations and appreciation to the members of the Kenai Golf Course team for their heartfelt attempt to bring the trophy back to the KGC. Thank you, Gordon Griffin, Tommy Carver, John Dahlgren, Rich Edwards, Bob Sizemore, Rene Alvarez, Jerry Norris, Chris Morin, Todd Eskelin, Doug Jung, Jim Bradford, Chris Murray, Truckee LeMay, Derek Crowder and Derek Kaufman. We are proud to have golfers of your caliber and integrity representing us.
General manager, Gordon Griffin, was just a wee bit busy this past week and weekend to jot down his notes for the manager's report and I guess I should cut him some slack since he was hooked up playing golf. Don't despair, he'll be back in fine form for the next golf report and will bring us up to date with all the happenings around the KGC. Won't you, Gordon?
The seniors are really getting into the weekly routine and had 14 players show up on July 21. John Dahlgren had low gross with a 36, while Keith Stewart's 33 took the low-net honors.
The Kenai Cup matches on July 22 continued to be exciting as most of the matches came down to the final hole before their outcome was determined. The G&G team (Gordon and Mark Griffin) soundly defeated the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) while the Back Page team (Greg Harrington/Daryl Palmer) and the Metsox (Derek Kaufman/Andy Hanson) tied their match. The Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) narrowly won their match against J&K Golf (Kirk Hyman/Jeff Johns) as did the R&R team (Randy Kornfield/Rich Edwards) against the Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway).
The Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) remain in first place with a five-point lead over the second-place team of R&R (Rich Edwards/Randy Kornfield). Third place is held by the G&G team (Gordon and Mark Griffin) while the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) have fallen to fourth place.
The ladies took to the course on July 23. Kathy Heus won low gross with a score of 52. Kathy Heus and Traci Davis tied for fewest putts.
Men's Night was held that evening and the first-place team was composed of Cliff Baker, Zach Beeson and Richard Harmon No closest to the pins were carded by any of the participants. Daniel Gustkey took the long drive on hole No. 2.
The Tesoro United Way Tournament was held on Saturday. The first-place team, sponsored by Atigun, came in at 12-under for members Bob Sizemore, Caleb Sizemore, Gordon Griffin and Truckee LeMay. The second-place team for KSRM had 10-under for their members - John Davis, Barry Brewer, Rob Smithwick and Tanna Chenault. T&T Electric sponsored the third-place team. Coming in at 8-under was Tom Hall, Lauren Smagge, Mike Beals and Rudy Zaborowski. Rudy Zaborowski had the closest to the pin on hole No. 5, Bob Sizemore on hole No. 9, Michael Tunseth on hole No. 10 and Bruce Steiner on hole No. 14. The long-drive hole was No. 8 and Steve Tachick had the honors for the men, while Leona Jackson took it for the ladies.
The Ladies-Only EZPZ Scramble was held on Sunday. Debbie Griffin, Leona Jackson and Traci Davis made up the first-place team. Coming in second was the team of Kathy Heus, Natalie Norbers and Denise Cox. Leona Jackson had closest to the pin on hole Nos. 5 and 9!
It's hard to believe that July is winding down and August is just around the corner. I have been keeping a close eye on the fireweed and those flowers are climbing up the stalk at an alarming rate.
The wild flowers have been spectacular this summer and the fireweed particularly is breathtaking.
Take some time to appreciate the beautiful sights all around us, stop and smell the roses or better yet, go hit a golf ball.
I will see you on the course.
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