Day still not long enough

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Very early in the morning yours truly hit range balls, then hit the chipping and practice green before starting the day. The Progress Days parade was one of the biggest thus far, as big as the Fourth of July parade was in Kenai this year.

The weather held up for all the events that took place around town. I took in the rodeo for a short time to see if I still recognized some horses. Spent some time with a rod and reel on the bank of the Kenai River. Of course, while fishing, I did calculate what club, with the wind blowing, it would take for me to land my ball on the other side of the river.

For some reason, I couldn't land a red even when they were all around me. I then decided to head to the mouth of the Kenai with a dipnet. Took two days of fishing, getting wet and cold, and finally netted 11 reds, which are presently in the smoker.

With company that plays no golf I find myself sneaking over to the course to do some swinging and chipping. Most golf addicts can relate to this situation. Our days are still too short, even if we can play golf until 10 p.m.

Kenai Amateur Tournament

Saturday and Sunday, there will be a Kenai Amateur Tournament. There will be medal play on Saturday and match play on Sunday. All entrants play a minimum of 36 holes for the two-day event. The deadline is Thursday at 6 p.m. The entry fee is $80, which includes two lunches and the prize fund. Gross division will be from the white tees and net division will be from the gold tees.

Saturday will be a qualifying round to see who qualifies for the match play finals on Sunday.

Kenai Chrysler Open

The fifth annual Kenai Chrysler Open is coming up Aug. 7 through 10. The Pro-Am competition gets under way with tee times starting Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. The individual professional and amateur competition gets under way with tee times Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 a.m. There is no charge for spectators on any of the days of play.

The tournament is quite an event for participants and onlookers. It is a chance to watch some great golf played right here at the Kenai Golf Course. There are nightly gatherings and dinners for all participants at various locations in Kenai.

Last year during the tournament, a new course record was set by Rob Nelson. Rob will be returning to play in the Kenai Chrysler Open. Most of the professional golfers who play are teaching club professionals or minitour players.

Some excellent golf will be played this year. Golfers are anticipating the event and certainly have been preparing for it.

Mixed Doubles

The weekly event takes place on Monday with tee times starting at 6:20 p.m. All golfers are welcome to participate. This week, the team of Buzz and Patty Rome took the fewest combined putts for the nine holes of play.

The visiting team of Keith and Judy Walker took the award for the combined score on the "mystery hole," which was No. 9. Keith and Judy played with their son Todd and his wife Kristin.

Thanks to Norton Dablemont for pitching in and playing this past week with a gal who lost her partner to work.

The Buzz and Patty Rome team tied with the Dave and Shelley Ramsey team for the total strokes on two other "mystery holes."

With the number of participants increasing each week, it may be necessary to split the group into two divisions and have one start on the back nine so the foursomes end up in the clubhouse at nearly the same time.

Kenai Cup

The winners in the Kenai Cup matches this past week were the teams of: Noel Widmayer and Jerry Norris; Dana Bassel and Tim Green; Tom Allison and Todd Eskelin; Gary Katsion and Dan Young; Dan Cabrera and Jeff Johns; Dustin Jung and Doug Jung; and Billy Applewhite and Bill Burtram.

There was a tie between the duo of Todd Wortham and Todd Walker and the team of Doug Haralson and Dwight Kramer.

The three leading teams from each division will enter into the finals. Thus far, the teams leading in the Donnie Morgan Division are: Jerry Norris and Joel Widmayer; Eldon Harvey and Ryan Harvey; and Felix and Pam Martinez.

The leaders in the Butch Anderson Division are: Dana Bassel and Tim Green; Doug Haralson and Dwight Kramer; and Lyle Winter and Rick Winter.

The leaders in the 19th Hole Division are: Jack Evans and Bruce Galloway; and Billy Applewhite and Bill Burtram. This week, the teams of Jim Legner and Craig Jung, and Mark Matarrese and Carol Morgan will be playing for a spot in the finals.

Thank you to the Kenai Cup subs. Without your help, the teams would miss out on points for the event. Thanks to Keith Stuart, Rich Edwards, Tyler Morris, James Dye, Kegan Kiel, Zack Beeson, Tom Carver, Ken Liedes, Dan Young and Todd Eskelin.

Men's Night

Men's Night featured a "hot seat" format. Under this format, a team plays a scramble while one player on each team plays a ball from tee to green. The winners were the teams with the lowest combined score for both the scramble and individual play. With three-man teams heading to the tees, each player got on the hot seat three times.

There was a first-place tie with 77. Jeff Johns, Owen Brewer and Rusty Swan tied Eldon Harvey, Tim Taylor and Paul Zimmerman.

In third place was the team of Todd Eskelin, John Davis and Paul Nelson.

Closest to the pin on No. 10 was Todd Eskelin and the slugger of the week with the longest drive on No. 15 was Loren Smagge.

This week will be "Big Thursday."

Junior Golf

The juniors are playing an Alaska Junior Golf tournament on Aug. 7. Volunteers are needed to help with the tournament. Mostly needed are volunteers to accompany the groups out on the course. Anyone with an interest in golf or the juniors is welcome. Please call the clubhouse and leave your name and number on the volunteer list.

The juniors tee off at 7 a.m. on Aug. 7. Thank you for your time and help. Some of the top junior golfers in Alaska will be playing in the tournament.

A Birdie Told Me

Local golfers Dan Cabrera, Bob Drewes, Noel Widmayer and Doug Haralson teamed together to shoot a 62 and tie for second place in the Federal Agency Golf Tournament held in Palmer Friday. In the only other entry in this tourney, the team took first place in 1994. Congratulations guys for another great job!

Closing Thoughts

Our season of golfing has been outstanding! Kenai Golf Course is busy with tournaments for all skill and interest levels, Men's Night, Mixed Doubles, Ladies' Night, junior golf sessions, Kenai Cup matches, chipping and putting practice, daily competitions between golfers and the smell of freshly mowed grass all keep us going back to the Kenai Golf Course.

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See you on the range!

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