Kenai Golf Report

Making progress

Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Hello, golfers. What an absolutely gorgeous weekend we just had. The timing could not have been better for the Progress Day parade in Soldotna on Saturday which I was unfortunately not able to attend (our daughter and son-in-law, Jenniffer and Russ, and grandchildren, Makenna and Levi, were in it for goodness sake) but about which I have heard nothing but glowing reports. I finally managed to play golf on Sunday with my better half and really enjoyed seeing all the work that has been done at the course. I don't know when I have seen the Kenai Golf Course look better and the beautiful weather on Sunday was absolutely the icing on the cake. What a wonderful day.

Don't forget the clinic that is scheduled for August — the Women's Clinic runs from Aug. 6-9. Details are available in the pro shop or by calling 283-7500. Thank you to Clay Brockel for his generous donation of a set of clubs for the Junior Program at the Kenai Golf Course. They are very much appreciated and will be put to good use. Welcome back to Clint Reese; you are always welcome at the KGC and we look forward to your visits.

A Birdie Told Me ... Congratulations to Tom Reese for his great eagle on hole No. 16. It was remarked in the pro shop that Max Pate was making quite the fashion statement this weekend on the course, but it was wondered if his shorts were actually shorts or boxers!

General Manager's Report

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the United Way organization for putting on a well-organized and exciting tournament. Around $10,000 was raised in the first event of their annual drive. We look forward to another exciting tournament next year.

Next weekend will see the return of the Kenai Open, a stroke play, flighted handicapped event. We are all looking forward to a great tournament. If you would like to participate, drop by the pro shop for registration forms. On Aug. 18-19, we will hold the First Annual Rotary Golf Tournament. For more information, please contact Cliff Baker by calling the pro shop at 283-7500. On Aug. 25-26, the Donnie Morgan Memorial Fall Classic will kick off. As always, this will be an exciting tournament and our club champion will be crowned.

Recent rains along with sunshine have put the Kenai Golf Course in excellent condition. The greens are great and the tee boxes and fairways are in top notch shape. We are looking forward to the next few months of continued golf and plan to stay open into October this year until the snow flies.

The area behind hole No. 1 is no longer ground under repair. The grass has come in very well and has been cut. This is a great improvement on this hole, with no more roots to chip out of. Also, the area behind hole No. 15 is no longer ground under repair. These areas were completed much faster than anticipated — grounds crew, job well done!

Drop by the pro shop and say hello and let us know what we can do to better serve you. See you on the course.

-Gordon Griffin

The Kenai Cup had some close matches this week. The team of Right and Wrong (Richard Martin/Joe Deveaux) narrowly edged out the team of Cliff Baker and Derek Crowder, sub. Also narrowly winning their match was the team of R&R (Jeff Johns, sub./Randy Kornfield) against the Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison). The team of Pat Bowen and Greg Anderson won their match against Eldon and Ryan Harvey. The Toads (Todd Eskelin/Dana Bassel) had a resounding victory over the Two Hackers (Bill Davis/Barry Jackman) as did the team of Cliff Vaught and Max Pate against The Why No's (Jack Focose/Gene Diamond). Also soundly spanking their opponents were the teams of Two Duffers (Tom Carver, sub./Bruce Galloway) and the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) against the Mulligans (Tom Reese/Greg Duggin) and OFG (Chris Sonnichsen/Tom Bennett), respectively.

Season standings in the Butch Anderson Division are now, in first place the team of R&R (Rich Edwards/Randy Kornfield) with the team of Pat Bowen and Greg Anderson in second place and the Two Hackers (Bill Davis/Barry Jackman) tied with the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) for third. In the Donny Morgan Division, the team of Cliff Vaught and Max Pate have a narrow lead for first place over the second place team of Right and Wrong (Richard Martin/Joe Deveaux) who are a mere point behind. In third place is the team of Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway).

On Ladies Day, Thursday, July 26, closest to the pin on hole No. 5 went to Tracy Davis while Kamichia Spisak earned low gross. Kathy Heus had the fewest putts award and Denise Cox won the mystery hole. Refreshments were once again provided by Pauline Goecke, who bakes a very tasty cake.

On Men's Night on Thursday, July 26, the team of Nick Karnos, Caleb Sizemore and Dana Bassel came in first with the team of Cliff Smith, Cliff Vaught, Richard Harmon, and Sean "I Can't Hit the Green" O'Reilly close behind in second. Cliff Baker was the proud owner of a pure birdie this week while Caleb Sizemore had closest to the pin on hole No. 10 and John Davis on hole No. 14.

The United Way Tournament was a resounding success with about 22 teams entered for play. What a great turnout for a wonderful cause that benefits so many worthwhile organizations. The first place team was sponsored by Atigun and came in at 11-under. The members were Bob Sizemore, Caleb Sizemore, Gordon Griffin and Mark Griffin. The second place team was sponsored by KSRM — coming in at 10-under were team members John Davis, Rob Smithwick, Barry Brewer and Bea Lashlee. The third place team, which was sponsored by the Peninsula Clarion, also came in at 10-under. The team members were Stan Pitlo, Vic Hussey, Doug Jung and Dale Sandahl. The second and third place teams were decided by carding back. The men's long drive was won by Caleb Sizemore and Diana Zirul won it for the ladies. Closest to the pin on hole No. 5 was Dana Bassel; on hole No. 9, Rob Smithwick; hole No. 10, John Davis; and hole No. 14, Kevin Dix. Congratulations to all the sponsors and players who participated.

There is still a lot of tournament action coming in August as Gordon shared with us.

Stop by the pro shop and check out the tournament schedule or call 283-7500 for more information.

Have a great week fishing, golfing or mowing the lawn! Enjoy the beautiful weather we are having and take some time to enjoy yourself. As I watched my grandkids, Makenna and Levi, play in the sprinkler yesterday, I realized that it's times like this that make everything worthwhile. See you on the course!

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