Birch Ridge Report

Fireweed blooms, end of golf looms

Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2001

A special thanks to Jo Briscoe for writing the Birch Ridge Report last week and to all of you who have kept us in your thoughts the past few weeks.

A friend recently mentioned that they noticed the fireweed blooms progressing rapidly up the plant and expected winter to come early this year. Let's hope this person is grossly in error and that there is at least a few months of good golf left. The recent bountiful amounts of rain have done wonders to green up the fairways and greens and it appears the best golf of the year awaits us in August and September.

Junior Golf

One statewide tournament remains for the junior golfers who have been competing at Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna valleys courses this summer. Junior State Amateur champion Tony Azzara and a few other local juniors will be competing Aug. 6 and 7 in the 2001 KeyBank Alaska Junior Masters Invitational. This two-day event will be played at Settlers Bay Golf Course in Wasilla.

Senior League

Jo Briscoe reports on the play from Monday's Master Seniors play. Once again the threat of rain did not discourage 10 faithful senior golfers from showing up at Birch Ridge Monday to challenge the course (and each other) with their abilities to get that little white ball from tee to green with record scores.

Playing the back nine this week, Roger Jones carded an awesome net score of 28 to take the top honors. Coming in the second spot, seven strokes behind with a most respectable 35 net, was Andy Anderson.

Other contests included closest to the pin on No. 15 taken by Don McGhee and closest on No. 17 won by Roger Jones. With the 18th hole having been selected for longest putt, Andy Anderson drained a 3 1/2-footer to take the "honors and dollars " for the week.

See you next Monday (if not before at the Peninsula Senior Amateur on Friday and Saturday) with check-in time at 8:30 a.m. and tee times following shortly thereafter.

Tuesday Morning Glories

On July 24 the ladies played total gross score minus total handicap to capture a team score. Using this innovative approach, the team of Dee Richards, Pat Bird and Chiya Bazan won with a net score of 103. Dee also landed her tee shot within 4 feet of the hole on No. 8 to take closest to the pin while Kathy Nielsen sailed her ball to within 92 inches on the sixth hole.

When play resumed Tuesday, Lynne Reynolds, Pat Bird, Kathy Herring and Jan Stenga walked away with the first-place trophy. Jane Tongen recorded a blistering low net of 31 with Chiya Bizan grabbing closest to the pin honors on No. 8.

Ladies Birch Ridge Cup Standings

As the Ladies Birch Ridge Cup comes to a close for the 2001 season this week final results will be posted next week. It seems unbelievable that the golf season is already starting to wind down.

Men's Night

Darrell Jelsma and Joe Patrick combined to help their team capture first place last week by recording closest to the pin honors on the sixth and eighth holes. Darrell landed his ball within 59 inches on No. 6 and Joe was a bit farther away, but still closest, at 23 feet. Joining Darrell and Joe in recording a 5-under were Dan Murphy and Kevin Stalker. Long drive distinction for the evening went to Rob "Pizza Boy" Smithwick.

Men's Birch Ridge Cup Standings

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and we are remiss in not getting this information. Please accept our apologies and know standings will be provided next week.

Upcoming Tournaments

The Peninsula Senior Amateur will be Friday and Saturday. Mo Redford has been out getting a variety of prizes from local businesses and rumor has it that for those who put the ball up close on the sixth hole and eighth hole, there will be some very rewarding prizes. Contact Mo or the Birch Ridge Golf Course Pro Shop at 262-5270 for details.

The Soldotna Elks Charity Golf Tournament will be Aug. 11 followed by the always-interesting Bassackwards Tournament on Aug. 25.

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