Kenai Golf Report : Dreaming of better days

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hey there, golfers! What's with the liquid sunshine and those pesky salmon -- are they lost? Where have they gone and where are those bright, sunny days that we have had only a handful of? I think they all occurred when I was sitting in my office looking out the window and dreaming of -- golf, of course, on the Kenai Golf Course, one of my very favorite places in the whole world.

I am hoping for a spectacular fall which, incidentally, is right around the corner (sigh). So many things still to do and now seriously so very little time to get it all done, but whatever your "honey do" list may look like, you have got to save some time for a round of golf at the KGC. The course is spectacular -- hats off to Gordon and his crew who have done amazing things in the last couple of years. From a woman's viewpoint, Gordon, I cannot say enough about all the changes that you have made to make this course more female-friendly and I know that a very dear friend of ours is smiling big time from her lofty perch.

A lot of people helped to make the Walker Cup a very exciting and pleasant experience for all involved, but I was asked to recognize Pauline Goecke who helped cook dinner for the crew and Doug Harrelson for all his hard work making this a Cup to remember. I was sorry to hear that our KGA golfers could not hold off the BRGA group, but my goodness, it was a close contest and down to the wire. What a great tournament!

There will be another clinic offered for beginning golfers of the female persuasion which runs from Aug. 18-21 from 6 to 8 p.m. and will cost $50. Gordon will get you driving, putting and chipping like you never thought possible. The last session is a fun scramble on the front nine. Be sure to call the pro shop at 283-7500 and get your name on the list as the class size will be limited.

General Manager's Report -- "Rain, rain go away and come again another day." The rain has been great for the new short-game practice area. Now we need sunshine and heat (oh yes, we certainly do). The area has germinated and is beginning to look green. The new wildflowers to the left side of the No. 10 tee box will make their appearance soon, adding a little color to the surrounding area.

The United Way Golf Tournament was a big success, raising around $15,000. I would like to thank everyone that participated in the event.

The Walker Cup is underway as of the writing of this report and I really enjoy having the Birch Ridge guys over. Win or lose, everyone has enjoyed the intense competition. I would like to thank Tommy Carver for all his efforts on behalf of the Kenai Golf Course. I would also like to thank Lara and Mark Griffin for all their work this past week and Andy Anderson for cooking the meal for the Walker Cup dinner. A very special thank you goes to Ron Goecke for all his outstanding work during the busy tournament season. Ron even took time to fix a couple of carts. Thank you, Ron!

To Dusty and Willy, hang in there -- the rain will stop soon (hopefully, not when it starts to snow). To Bill Burtram, continue to get better. We miss you! To Chris Kimball, we miss you and hope you are feeling better. As always, see you on the course.

- Gordon Griffin

Twelve players braved the weather to enjoy the Tuesday morning seniors' party at the golf course. Tom Allison won low gross with Andy Anderson taking low net. Jesse Wade got closest to the pin.

No Kenai Cup results were available at the writing of this column, so I will catch you up next week, but remember that current standings are always available in the pro shop.

The Junior Tournament was held on Thursday. First place went to Clayton Longfellow with a 33, second place was won by Emily Green with a 34 and Max Dye took third place with a 38. A special thanks to Don Moock for doing an outstanding job putting this event together. Many thanks to Ardan Lewis, Isaac Lewis, Robert Arnold, Alise Arnold and Ian Atchley for participating. Hope to see you on the course.

Next week, I hope to provide you with the results of the Tesoro United Way Golf Tournament that was held on Saturday. Another soggy day did not prevent a field of 24 teams from participating in this annual event, the proceeds of which go to benefit the United Way. Thank you, participants, and especially, Tesoro, the tournament sponsor.

Ladies, don't forget to mark your calendars for the upcoming E-Z-P-Z Tournament, dedicated to up-and-coming female golfers. This nine-hole scramble will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5 starting at 5:30 p.m. Entry forms are available at the pro shop and the entry fee is a mere $10, so be sure to sign up for surprises, food, golf and lots of fun! This sounds like a great time, so you do not want to miss it.

Happy golfing. See you on the course!

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