Birch Ridge Report: Less reds means more golf

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2003

Much to most of my friends' chagrin, I make this statement every year at this time: "Christmas is almost here." If that made your mood take a nosedive, read the rest and cheer up.

Apparently, the "reds" have taken their last big run because more players showed up for Wednesday Men's Night. The 5-under-par winning team of Mike Azzara, Mike Hollingsworth, "Dandy" Dan Murphy and Charles Bensen garnered praise from all.

I believe this is "Dandy's" fourth consecutive time in the winner's box. Undaunted second-place winners included Andrew Mills, Tom Maloney, Bob Sizemore and Don McGhee. Moe "way-to-go" Redford came closest-to on No. 6. So did Jay Kriner on No. 8. Long drive hero was Eric Boudreau, while pure birdie accolades go to Mike Azzara.

Surely you all read the great article in this newspaper about the 12th annual Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament held Friday and Saturday. Did you notice my name among the posted winners? No? Any questions? Maybe a little help from my peers on Monday Morning Seniors would help.

With only nine players last week, the names should sound familiar. Chiya Bazan was lookin' good with low net winnings. She defeated all on No. 6 for closest-to, while Pat McGlory took closest-to on No. 8. Longest putt champion was Ray Hamby.

Only six ladies for Tuesday morning could get the sleep out of their eyes. Playing a best-ball format, team winners Lynda Ruesch, Kathy Herring and Kathi Nelson ended the morning with a respectable 43. Hailing from Homer, Sandy McDaniel scored the fewest putts with 16. Kathy Herring made an easy long drive while Lynda Ruesch hit closest-to on No. 8.

Last week I promised a scoop for the upcoming Elk's Golf Tournament ... have I ever lied to you? The big day will be Aug. 9 at 8 a.m. at Birch Ridge Golf Course for Soldotna Lodge #2706.

If you sign up today, the cost is $50. If you dawdle, it's $60. However, it's worth every dime. Included with this entry fee are greens fees plus a steak feed at the Elks' Lodge at 2:30 p.m. that same day.

To bring a guest, bring a nominal extra $5. Teams will be decided by blind draw. First-place winners will get a cool $800. Divide that by two for second place, then divide that for third. (It's a simple math problem, not physics.) Now for the hook: if you get a hole in one on No. 15, you get a brand-new Buick! No. 15 is short ... you can do it! Heck, sign me up!

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Invitational Tournament will be played here at Birch Ridge on Aug. 16 for all those who are in the business of home mortgages. Call the clubhouse for more details.

Our ever-popular Bassackwards Tournament is scheduled for Aug. 23. If you've never heard of it, you've got to give it a go. We play the golf course backwards, all nine holes. This will give you an idea of how I play golf ... I play much better going backwards. I don't know ... maybe it's the punch I take along.

The end of August brings an end to some, but definitely not all, leagues the last cup matches, the last senior leagues. It's all rather depressing, isn't it? A monthful of items are left on the table for September, though, so don't get too teary-eyed. We still have some great days coming our way for golf, so don't go Christmas shopping yet.

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