Funny River tourney a hit

Bird Homestead Golf Report

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2006

We were banging them out on the links this week. We had gloomy weather out here but the die-hard golfers were relentless!

Corky and Elmer were hauling out anything not golf-related on the back nine all week. Needless to say, I managed to soak myself with the garden hose while trying to dampen the dusty area they were driving across. Very attractive. Thanks Elmer.

Tom Walsh, from Birch Ridge, brought out his group of hooligans to play 18 and cheerfully announced how impressed he was with the way the course played. We were happy to host you and your crew and, by the way, I never got tipped, mister! What’s up with that! Just kidding, it was my pleasure. You guys are welcome at any time!

Well, I guess I missed a great time of it on Friday. It was my day off, so I went fishing while the course went golfing. Dianne had a sheet of all activities all written up for me when I got back. (Smooches Dianne.) I understand we had one heck of a turnout for our tournament to celebrate the Funny River Festival.

Thank-yous go out to contributors: Pat and Elmer Bird; The Bear’s Den (we miss you, Eric); our favorite, Jersey Subs; Soldotna Realty; Wells Fargo; and Isom’s Cafe. We thank you so much for helping make this such a success. It’s not that you had to, it’s that you did.

I, of course, was out fishing. The details were given second hand, I’m sorry that I was not out there, but they opened the reds! If I’m not at the course, I’m on the river with Denny, my better half and master fisherman. Be jealous, he is the “Fish Whisperer,” and I limited out in some 20 minutes.

I fished on while Denny filleted the fishes, and the golfers golfed on.

The first-place team was Glenda Radvansky, Rhonda Dittmer, John Crapps and Eric Pruitt, happy as clams on that round. A fine round and congratulations. I know you all had a beautiful day of it so here’s to the sunburn, eh?

Second place was taken by the “Dave” team. What a hoot. I just love Mary Ann Prichard, and knowing her as I do, she must have had herself a grand time with three Daves. Mary Ann was paired with Dave Kimura, Dave Medley and Dave Wallace. Ya gotta love that. All she had to do is holler, “DAVE.” I’m so glad you all had a great time of it.

Third place was taken, following a chip-off with the “Dave team,” by the team including Don Captain, Roy Bird, Mark Rivenbark and Lynn Reynolds. I truly hope you enjoyed yourselves.

Closest to the pin for the women was taken by Judi Artman — kick butt misses! I know how hard you work at improving your game. So happy to hear it is paying off! The men, on the other hand, basically dogged it! No one hit the pin on eight. Geeze, do we have a course or what?

Longest drive for the women was taken by our own Pat Bird who said she was really working the information she learned from her lesson with Rich Lundahl. It’s paying off Pat! Well done! If you are looking to improve your game, please contact the course for more information on private lessons as well as any future junior group lessons.

Men’s longest drive was taken by Roy Bird. What hole was it Roy (I was fishing)? Lunch followed golf and it was all smiles to Isom’s Cafe. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Men’s night! Boy, I’ll tell ya, I about thought it was going to be a wash. Roy, Russ Tomas, and I were in the caddy-shack thinking it was just raining too hard for golf. I said a bit of a prayer, looked to the sky, and the rain stopped, just in time for a call from Jeff Gillman saying he might be a minute or two late. Then they came, they golfed, and made men’s night another success. Thanks guys!

Dave Medley brought out his son-in-law, Kenny Daniels, who walked away with the longest drive. Well, there’s a how-do-you-do, eh? Dave came into the clubhouse saying, “Hey, we both made the paper!” Well, yes Dave, ya did! Congratulations to you and your team of Dave Kimura, Jeff Gillman and Richard Harman on pitching the closest on the chip-off for the final winner.

Tournament stuff: Saturday, The Sorpotmists are having their annual tournament. This is an 18-hole tournament with $65 registration fee. This tournament is a benefit to aid cancer patients. It’s needed and appreciated! Anyone is welcome, but rounds are filling right up. Call as soon as possible to reserve you place. Registration ends at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. The women who are putting this on are just wonderful, and I hope that if you are reading this on Friday morning and get a bug up your rump, come golfing Saturday. How cool is it to help those who just can’t do it for themselves? Plus you get fed after golf. Join us. Come meet me if nothing else!

Coming up: Bird Homestead is so very proud to be hosting our very own Fall Classic Golf Tournament. I’ll have all the details in next week’s article, but feel free to contact us at 260-GOLF if you need to know now. Fair warning, I am going out of town next week. I have been working relentlessly, as has Denny, and we are going to take ourselves away for a week. My faithful at the course will fill in the “details” for next week, so please, if I miss something, I beg your pardon. Please forgive, but I’m going fishing! Larry and Dianne, I so wish you were coming with us! You know my thoughts and prayers.

Trivia time: Dave Kimura, you are the man! This past week was a tuffy, but Dave knew it was 1975 that Tom Watson pulled out his first PGA win. His first, as I said, of five British Open wins. Balls to you Dave!

This week’s question: When a foul ball is hit, golfers holler, “Fore!” What does this mean?

A.) Foul Ball Has Been Hit B.) Heads Up C.) Watch Out Ahead D.) Bad Play

Until next week, putters out of the rough and clean chippers folks.

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