Reds and greens

Kenai Golf Report

Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Can you believe that it is already August? The reds are finally in and the silvers are already showing up, it will be moose season before you know it, and NFL preseason games will be starting and the leaves falling and snow before we know it and AAARRRGGHH!!!!

I love this time of year as summer transitions to fall, but it always saddens me a little to know that the end of our golfing season is fast approaching. But it ain’t happening yet and there are still lots of golfing opportunities to be had!

My better half and I finally had an opportunity to play a leisurely round of golf on Sunday. The course was wide open — I guess the rain scared away the faint of heart. I had forgotten how challenging those wet conditions could be. I had a couple of wrestling matches — one with my 7-iron and another with my umbrella — and barely came out ahead!

The course is looking absolutely wonderful and the recent rain can only help improve playing conditions. Gordon and staff have done a fantastic job and the course is in great shape for the upcoming Kenai Chrysler Open.

Don’t forget that the tournament is hosting a FREE Junior Golf Clinic today at 6 p.m. for golfers ages 8 to 17, of all skill levels. There will be skills demonstrations by the guest instructors (professionals playing in the upcoming tournament), which should prove to be quite exciting as I was told that some of these guys can out-drive Tiger Woods! A maximum of 30 students will be accepted; as of this weekend, there was still space available. Please call the Pro Shop at 283-7500 to register or for more information.

The Kenai Golf Association is looking for sponsors for the benches that are being placed on the women’s tee boxes. The cost is $200 which will get you a tasteful plaque on the bench so everyone will know to whom they should be grateful, as well as the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a much-appreciated contribution to the Kenai Golf Course. If you are interested, please contact the Pro Shop at 283-7500, or give Dana Bassel a call. He is the KGA President and can be reached at 283-9481 or 398-7651.

A Birdie Told Me ...

T. J. Arneson, a Junior Golfer from Vancouver, has been playing at the KGC for the past eight days. He recorded his first birdie on No. 16 and was only 2 inches from an eagle! Apparently, his golfing prowess runs in the family, as he is general manager Gordon Griffin’s grandson. Congratulations go out to Trena Richardson for breaking 60 on the back nine for the first time. Keith Stuart had a great shot on No. 7 from 100 yards out and robbed Barry Jackman out of a skin! Doug Jung recently enjoyed a chip-in eagle on No. 16! And Mary Armstrong made it over the gully on No. 18 for the first time without losing a ball. Congratulations, everyone!

General Manager’s Report

I would like to thank the Firefighters, Alliance, and the United Way/Tesoro for putting on excellent and well run golf tournaments at our course this month. I would also like to thank all the golfers for supporting these organizations. We look forward to these tournaments next year.

In August, we look forward to the following tournaments: the Kenai Chrysler Open from Thursday through Sunday; 2x4 Tournament (organized by our very own Don Moock) on Aug. 12; KGA Members Only Tournament, Aug. 13; Ferguson’s on Aug. 19; and the Donnie Morgan Fall Classic on Aug. 26-27 during which our club champion will be crowned.

This month promises to be a very exciting month for all of us at the course and I would like to invite everyone out to enjoy the golf and festivities at these outstanding events. For more information, please contact the Pro Shop at 283-7500.

I want to thank Rachelle Brehm for her efforts on behalf of the Kenai Golf Course. She has given me sound advice and done an excellent job in helping build our women’s program. Thank you, Rachelle.

Ken Liedes will resume his old duties as manager of the snack bar effective immediately and we are glad to welcome him back.

Recent favorable weather conditions have really improved the looks and playability of the course. The greens have been thatched and cut to 5/32 of an inch. The ball is rolling true on most all the greens. Thank you, Micah, Dusty and Doug for your continued hard work and dedication. You do an outstanding job and we all appreciate the three of you.

The ladies tee box on No. 13 has been completed and will be in use in a week. This completes the project of new ladies tee boxes and I want to thank you for your input and patience during this process.

In the near future look for a new cart path that we are constructing on hole No. 3 that will eliminate the need to cross in front of the landing area. This will improve your approach shots and will provide for a wider landing area on the right side of No. 3. The railroad ties will be removed and grass will be planted. This project will be complete in about two weeks. You will notice that we are continuing clearing in the woods around landing areas. Mr. Bradford is trimming trees to allow for a full swing. This will be a nice improvement to the course.

As always, we look forward to seeing you on the golf course. Feel free to talk with me at any time. Your input is valuable and much appreciated. Hit ‘em straight.

— Gordon Griffin

The Kenai Cup action continues to heat up with the following results from the match play held on July 26. Winners were: B&B, Hook & Slice, Princely Pair, Timberwolves, Eagles, R&R, and Two Duffers, with Big Guys and Cliff squared in a tie.

The standings are: in the Butch Anderson Division, first place is held by R&R (Rich Edwards/Randy Kornfield) followed closely by Mulligans (Tom Reese/Greg Duggin) in second; in the Donny Morgan Division, first place is held by Two Duffers (Jack Evans/ Bruce Galloway) trailed by Toads (Dana Bassel/Todd Eskelin) in second; in the 19th Hole Division, Hook & Slice (Lyle Winter/Rick Winter) have a commanding lead in first place with B&B (Billy Applewhite/Bill Burtram) in second.

On Thursday, the ladies gathered for their weekly meeting. Low gross was won by Kathy Herring. Denise Cox took the mystery hole with fewest putts going to Nora Satathite. Closest to the pin was won by Trena Richardson.

The 2006 United Way/ Tesoro Tournament was held on Saturday. A total of 21 teams turned out for this event which raised approximately $15,000 for the United Way.

This is Tesoro’s sixth year to sponsor this event and 33 different area businesses contributed to the tournament. What an amazing response from our community for such a great organization.

I want to extend a very special thank you to all the contributors, participants, and the sponsor, Tesoro. Good Job!

The first-place team, appropriately, was the Tesoro No. 1. The team members were Steve Hansen, Paul Samora, Dave Ramsey and Jimmy Hakkinen. The second-place team was sponsored by Agrium and the members were Chris Sonnichsen, Joe Pault, Mike Bowlette and Wally Ward. The third-place team was from the Peninsula Clarion, whose members were Stan Pitlo, Vic Hussey, Earl Matthis and Shawn Maltby.

Men’s Long Drive was won by Bruce Passe and Women’s Long Drive was won by Diana Zirul. The closest to the pin awards went to, on No. 5, Jeff Larson, on No. 9, Bruce Steiner, on No. 10, Shawn Maltby, and No. 14, Greg Duggin. Congratulations to all these golfers, and thanks again to everyone involved in this worthwhile event.

As Gordon has already recapped upcoming tournaments I won’t need to review that information again, but want to encourage all KGA members to be sure to plan on participating in the KGA members only event.

And be sure to mark your calendars for the Donnie Morgan Fall Classic. This two-day event is anticipated to have three men’s flights and two women’s flights so expect some fierce competition. Premium pass holders do not pay green fees for this KGA sponsored event.

Lunch on Saturday is provided by the Morgan family (thank you, Dick, Shirley, Carol, and family) and Sunday’s dinner is provided by the KGA at the awards ceremony. There will be drawings for prizes and the grand prize, donated by the KGC, is a 2007 season pass. Come out and join us for some great golf, good food, and lots of fun.

See you on the course!

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