I do enjoy friends and relatives visiting during the summer. I truly enjoy sharing this incredible state with them. Those who play golf have a wonderful time since I am directly across the street from the beautiful Kenai Golf Course.
However, there are times I must sneak out to the course to squeeze in some golf. I recently did that and played in the Boys and Girls Club annual fund-raising tournament. It is always a great tournament and has such great support from the area businesses and industries.
The ladies enjoyed another evening of golfing. There was an informal nine-hole get-together by a few who play on the regular basis. The ladies still want to keep the Tuesday evening earmarked for ladies golf. However, the ladies are looking to increase the participating numbers.
The ladies evening of golf starts each Tuesday at 6 p.m. All ladies are invited to join in on the nine-hole event.
Coed golf happens each Monday evening, with tee times from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This week's winners were the team of Teresa and Eddie Sibolboro, who took the fewest combined putts for the team, as well as the fewest combined strokes taken on the "mystery hole," which turned out to be No. 3.
The challengers were the teams of Patty and Buzzy Rome and the team of Judy Buffington and Scot Shier.
A rumor was circulating recently that the team of Shelley and Dave Ramsey wanted to spend more time preparing for the match of the season instead of facing the weekly challengers. The Ramsey team was not present this week. So the regular weekly golfers are pleased to announce they beat the steady Ramsey team in abstention.
The men played a three-man team scramble. The number of guys who showed up was divisible by three and it made sense to do that. They completed the nine holes in record time.
The team that took first with 2-under included James Grant, Kevin Stalker and the notorious hot shooter Billy Clinton Applewhite.
The team that took second with par for the nine holes included Roger Jones, Bob Reilly and slugger Richard Martin.
The closest to the pin on No. 5 was won by Dan Jorgensen. His shot landed 8 feet, 9 inches, from the pin. The slugger of the week was Richard Martin on No. 4.
The only "pure birdie" of the evening was carded by Billy Applewhite (alias Billy Applebag, Billy Applebagger or simply Bagger). I hope I won't have to pay for letting this information out of the bag!
Eagle of the week
Recently, Darrell Ellis approached the 18th gully while playing the back nine only to be reminded he had never made it across the gully before. We have all been there many times when we can't get the picture of the ball landing in the gully out of our thoughts. Well, Darrell gritted his teeth and hit what turned out to be a perfect shot from 160 yards out.
His ball landed on the green and ended up in the cup for an eagle. I do believe that was only the second recorded eagle on No. 18. Dan Young carded an eagle on the same hole a couple years ago. Dan happened to be standing in the clubhouse when the word arrived about the newly carded eagle.
Congratulations on a great shot, Darrell.
Gone to the States
I loved the comment I heard at the course the other day. A very happy, smiling golfer signed up for nine holes and with a huge grin said, "You will see lots of me for a while since my wife is visiting in the states for a month. What can she say about me golfing?"
The eighth week of Kenai Cup play was recently completed.
The winners on the front nine were the Pam Martinez-Felix Martinez team, the Tom Allison-Mark Azzara team, the Joe Deveaux-Greg Horton team, the Doug Jung-Dustin Jung team and the Eldon Harvey-Ryan Harvey team.
The winners on the back nine were the Mike Beals-Tom Hall team, the Rich Edwards-Noel Widmayer team, the Jim Legner-Craig Jung team, the Jack Evans-Bruce Galloway team and the Butch Anderson-Billy Applewhite team.
Kenai Cup play takes place each Wednesday and the tee times are from 5:50 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on both the back and the front nine. The course is open to regular play around those tee times.
Junior golf's second session is going well. The juniors are making a great showing this summer.
The final junior golf tournament for the season will be on Aug. 8. Tee times will start at 1 p.m. and go until around 3:30 p.m. There are flights for both boys and girls and from 8 to 17 years of age.
Sign up at the Kenai Golf Course clubhouse.
On Saturday, the Peninsula Clarion will have its annual golf tournament. It will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start and the format is a four-player scramble.
Most of the golf tournaments held each weekend are fund-raisers for various organizations in the community. The Peninsula Clarion proceeds go to support literacy on the Kenai Peninsula.
What a weekend!!
Have you ever had a morning you felt like going somewhere but had no idea where you would end up? Well, that was what happened to me this past weekend.
I spent the past weekend exploring Hope. It is a quiet little beautiful spot hidden away from the hustle and bustle of everyday living we have mostly gotten used to.
I checked out the cute little museum, little gift shops and caf. There were campers and fishers along the creek banks catching humpies. A humpy derby was in motion for the town of Hope. I talked to the leading fisher who was scurrying off his second whopper to be weighed before it lost precious ounces.
Hope has grown some but still has all its small town charm.
Whittier was the next place of exploration. I found the most incredible trail right after you get through the tunnel on the Whittier side. It was a 45-minute, easy hike to Portage Pass. The wildflowers were unbelievable, as I noticed the vegetation being different from the Kenai-Soldotna area. Tons of salmon berries lined the trail and there was no reason to pack any snacks.
At the top of the hill there was a most beautiful view of a glacier and of course of the entire area of Whittier. What a spot! It was so quiet and peaceful, a variety of wildflowers were everywhere, the moss-covered rocks were gorgeous and the air was indeed fresh.
I thought about how fortunate I was to be able to hike to the top of that hill and experience such beauty. Alaska is truly one of the Nature's best creations.
The glacier cruise was very pleasant because the water was as smooth as glass. The seals and sea otters were numerous as were the interesting sculptures of floating ice.
My company is leaving very soon and you know where I will be once again.
See you on the fairway.
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