Kenai Golf Report

Summer flying by

Posted: Wednesday, August 03, 2005

July has up and gone, and I don't know if anyone else has noticed that things are already starting to change color — the grass in the river flats, the rhubarb in my garden, and I am in denial, and I am not talking about a river in Egypt.

Our grandsons Nate and Zach have gone home to Texas and the house is strangely silent. Before they came, we worried about finding enough to do to keep them busy; by the time they left we hadn't done half of what we wanted to do! The objective was to run their little legs off, but I think all that was accomplished was that my better half and I ran our legs off and barely managed to keep up with them. We did manage to squeeze in a few holes of golf with them and got out on the boat on the Kenai River. Fishing was not their thing ("It's boring"), but golf most certainly was.

Kenai Golf Course general manager Gordon Griffin wanted to thank the Birch Ridge Golf Association for the excellent job they did in hosting the first annual Walker Cup and to let them know that KGC is really looking forward to hosting the meet next year.

Only three more weeks of Kenai Cup matches to go! If I wasn't already convinced that the summer was speeding by, that fact would do it for me. The teams who won their July 27 matches were: Stoned (Kramer/Drewes), Jung/Nunamaker, Mulligans (Reese/Duggin), R&R (Edwards/Kornfield), A&W (Allison/Widmayer), Coho Crunchers (Fletcher/Davis), and Sport'n Woodies (Wells, sub./Marsh). The standings through the July 27 matches have the following teams in first place: in the Butch Anderson Division, the team of Greg Duggin and Tom Reese; in the Donny Morgan Division, the team of John Dahlgren and Spence DeVito; and in the 19th Hole Division, the team of Rich Edwards and Randy Kornfield. The next three weeks are sure to be very exciting as the race for those coveted playoff spots begins to heat up. Stay tuned for developments.

The ladies gathered on Thursday afternoon. Kathy Heus is burning up the course with her low scores while Trina Richardson had fewest putts. Kim Christensen was closest to the pin on No. 5 and Jessie Winter took the Mystery Hole. The ladies will meet today at 12:30 p.m. this week only and revert back to Thursday afternoon next week.

The men did their thing on Thursday evening. The team of Mike Greg, Ted Heus and Noel Widmayer took first with the team of Cliff Baker, Sean O'Reilly, and Keith Stuart taking second. Sean O'Reilly was closest to the pin on No. 10 while Cliff Vaught was closest to the pin on No. 14. Ted Heus had long drive, and it was long — about 300 yards!

The Tesoro United Way Tournament was held on Saturday. The first-place team was sponsored by the Peninsula Clarion. Kenai Chrysler's team took second place. Unfortunately, the team members' names were not available for the first- and second-place teams. The third place team of Dana Bassel, Rusty Weaver, Cal Larson and Mike Kebschull was sponsored by Agrium. Everyone had a great time; the weather was decent although the bugs were horrible.

The Rita Botelho Greens Tournament was held on Sunday. More than 40 players met and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The format was a handicapped two-person best ball which was very well received by the participants. Rita was a big proponent of golfers playing their own game so it was felt that this was the most suitable format for her tournament.

The team of Cliff Heus and Ted Heus took first while Todd Eskelin and Judy Salo took second place. There was a three-way tie for third place with the teams of Dave and Shelley Ramsey (good thing my better half has broad shoulders), Dale Sandahl and Craig Jung, and Doug Jung (minus his partner, Max Pate, who withdrew from the tournament due to illness. We all hope that he is feeling much better.). The Ramsey team conceded, and the team of Sandahl-Jung clinched third place after a playoff on hole 18 followed by No. 10. Women's long drive was won by Rachelle Brehm on hole 2 with Cliff Baker winning the men's long drive on hole 6. Closest to the pin on No. 5 was Paul Flanagan, Ted Heus on No. 9, Rich Edwards on No. 10, and Gordon Griffin on No. 14. Tom Reese had low gross score. If you see Paul Flanagan, ask him about his door prize

Bill Burtram and Judy Salo co-chaired the event and did a marvelous job organizing the tournament, and we appreciated their efforts. Super-sponsors were the Kenai Golf Association, First Choice Home Health Care, Arby's, and Radio Shack. There were numerous individuals and companies who sponsored holes, contributed door prizes, or simply gave of their time to help with the many details. Thank you, ladies, for the fantastic potato salad, cookies, brownies, and other deserts. I wish I could name everyone who helped but there is not enough room; rest assured that the hard work, delicious food, and wonderful prizes were appreciated. I never realized how much work goes into making a successful tournament happen and I am so impressed by what Bill, Judy, and all of the others accomplished. The level of effort by those involved is a reflection of the regard that we all have for Rita. It was a great tribute to a great lady and she would have been thrilled at the response.

I need to remind tournament sponsors that we want to include all the important information from each tournament in this column each week. In order for this to happen, though, please be sure to provide the KGC Pro Shop with the statistics (long drive, closest to the pin, winning team members' names, and any other information worth mentioning). The information can also be emailed directly to Shelley at and Kathy at

Since our golf season is starting to wind down (as evidenced by the aforementioned changing colors), everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy themselves and the course. Again, I am sure I speak for all the avid KGC golfers in extending a very grateful thanks to the Morgans and Gordon Griffin and his hardworking staff for another fantastic year. See you on the course!

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