Kenai Golf Report: Progress Days weekend busy, but not too busy for golf

Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2002

What a weekend! It started out with a downpour. However, the Progress Days Parade was spared and the rest of the day was absolutely beautiful. Went to the rodeo and ran into some old friends that my favorite horse and I competed with in rodeos of the past. It was wonderful to visit with some of them I hadn't seen in over 10 years. Traded my saddle and tack in for a set of golf clubs nearly 15 years ago and have been hanging around on the fairways and greens ever since.

Mixed Doubles

This week the Don and Jan Erwin team took the lowest total combined putts for the nine-hole event. The "mystery hole" was No. 4. So the total number of putts per team less the total combined number of strokes on the "mystery hole" also went to the Don and Jan Erwin team.

Don't forget to mark your calendar each Monday for mixed doubles challenge starting at 6:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome to join in on the weekly event.

Ladies Evening

The ladies evening was rained out July 23. However, the ladies will be ready to play again Tuesday evenings starting at 6:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome to attend. The event is strictly for fun.

The drenching rain didn't dampen the spirit of several golfers who chose to play nine holes in the downpour July 23. Gene and Joyce Getchell, Kris and Joan Kimball, Terry and Elouise Linebarger, Joe Riddle and Joe Donahue all were soaked but still smiling as they entered the clubhouse after the ordeal. Masks, snorkels and fins would have come in handy for those nine holes of golf.

Kenai Cup

The winners in the Alaska Division in the Kenai Cup match play were the Jack Evans-Bruce Galloway team, the Eldon Harvey-Ryan Harvey team, the Billy Applewhite-Butch Anderson team and the Jim Legner-Craig Jung team.

The winners in the Great Land Division were the Dana Bassel-Fred Korpinen team, the Jerry Norris-Noel Widmayer team, the Jeff Johns-Dan Cabrera team and the Dwight Kramer-Doug Haralson team.

Kenai Cup match play takes place each Wednesday with tee times starting at 6 p.m. and taking place on both the front and back nine.

Men's Night

The men's night golfers went out in three-man teams for the weekly scramble. The team of Walt Kreiger, Gary Katsion and Keith Stuart carded a 3-under to take first place. Closest to No. 5 was Todd Eskelin with 5 feet, 2 inches. Closest to No. 9 was Joe Riddle with 33 feet, 6 inches. The slugger of the week was Cal Larson on No. 8.

The "pure birdie" will be a carry-over since nobody got a birdie from tee to green with his own ball.

Mark your calendar for "Big Thursday," which will be Thursday. The tee-off time will be 6:30 p.m. So show up by 6:15 p.m. or be sure to call in to get your name on the list for the weekly scramble. "Big Thursday" usually lures in the golfers from all corners of the peninsula.

Junior Golf Tournament

On Aug. 20, a junior tournament will be held for all juniors 8 to 17 years of age. The tee times start with the older group at 1 p.m., with the other groups starting shortly after. Details are getting firmed up and will be available shortly at the clubhouse.

All juniors are welcome to participate. The junior tournament will be rewarding for those choosing to participate. T-shirts will be given out for the first junior golfers to sign up as long as the shirts last. So, get your name on the list as soon as possible.

Upcoming events

Saturday, the annual Kenai Contractors 18-hole scramble will take place. It is a load-your-own-team-and-go-for-it kind of event. The tournament starts with tee times at 8 a.m. and on until all golfers are off the tee.

It is sure to be an event full of fun, food, fantastic shots and prizes galore!

Summer is moving on extremely fast. There are still so many events that will require a GHIN handicap. Be sure to get signed up with the Kenai Golf Association and get that handicap established to be able to participate in the Kenai Chrysler Open, the Kenai Golf Association Morgan Memorial and the Kenai-Soldotna Golf Association's two-day tournament.

Closing thoughts

Spent several hours Tuesday morning out on the mighty Kenai River. We were ready to launch at 4:30 a.m. to beat the usual crowd of boats that hit the river at 6 a.m. A friend visiting from Hawaii certainly enjoyed it as he played with a couple of hits. Another fisher on board landed a 25-pound king. We had thrills, exciting moments, tangle-ups, lines cut by anxious boats and laughs.

Yes, the river is crowded but so are the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Super Bowl and the Kentucky Derby. It is still a thrill to be out on that beautiful Kenai River!

Now to get back to the practice green and the driving range at the Kenai Golf Course in preparation for the Chrysler Open on Aug. 10 and 11. Yours truly plans to be ready to play some golf!

See you in the clubhouse.

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