Hello, golfers! It's official now -- August is here and summer is on its way out. Those very welcome glimpses of sunshine have not happened nearly often enough, but I have managed to use every one of them wisely and hope that you have too.
I must recognize the outstanding effort made by all the all the volunteers who helped with the Walker Cup. You know who you are, but since the rest of us don't -- thank you, Jerry Carleson, Kirk Hyman, Craig Jung, Dan Young, Dwight Kramer, Keith Stuart, Ron Goecke, and Jerry Norris. Thank you, too, to John Ragan and Neal Baldwin, for all your hard work on the carts.
* A Birdie Told Me -- Craig Jung had a great eagle putt on No. 8. Wow, a putt for eagle on that hole is quite an accomplishment. Dusty Steinbeck had a great shot on No. 9. And more notable rounds have occurred the last couple of weeks -- Truckee LeMay, 73; Chris Murray, 76; Mark Griffin, 76; Dwight Kramer, 80; Doug Jung, 76; Jerry Norris, 77; Craig Jung, 83; Mike Kebschull, 84; Greg Harrington, 85; John Johnson, 91; Sandy McDaniel, 88; Chris Morin, 75; Mike Navarre, 87; Dale Sandahl, 83; and Keith Stuart, 86. Congratulations to all these golfers.
* General Manager's Report -- I would like to congratulate the ladies that completed the most recent Ladies Clinic. They had a great time, learned a lot and enjoyed playing the course on the final day. Thank you, Ron Goecke and Tommy Carver, for helping instruct.
Our most recent Junior Golf Clinic was also a big success. We are looking forward to a Junior Tournament in late August.
The next tournament will be held on Saturday, the 20+ Handicap Tournament sponsored by Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors. Roy Wells does an excellent job running this tournament. There will be great prizes and a closest to the pin contest on all the par threes. For more information, call Roy Wells at 283-5646.
The next monthly KGA Event will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. This is an Atigun Cup Season Points Race event so sign up at the pro shop.
The Donnie Morgan Tournament, our club championship, will be held on August 14 and 15. This is a tournament that we really look forward to, and Dick and Shirley Morgan will be on hand to greet participants. For more information, give us a call at 283-7500.
The course is in excellent condition. The greens and fairways are in great shape and really plush. The rain has really served us well, but now a bit more sunshine would be very welcome.
Work is continuing on the new practice area. More and more golfers are beginning to use this area. Thank you, Chris Kimball, for all the continued hard work and dedication to make that area the best of its kind in the state. You will also notice that Chris is filling in the uneven areas on the right side of No. 9 and has completed the back of this hole. Thank you, Chris, for a job well done. Thank you also to Dusty Culbreath, Willie Perkins and Chad Mello for helping with the project.
The next three projects that will be started this season will be enlarging the forward tee boxes on Nos. 6, 13, and 18. These projects will not be finished until next year. The new tee box on No. 18 will extend back into the woods toward the fairway on No. 17 and create a very interesting shot with a tunnel effect. It will also allow us to rest the original tee box, which gets chopped up pretty bad. We are looking forward to starting this project. Mark Griffin will start the initial phase by clearing the brush in the area real soon. The new senior tee box on No. 1 is complete.
As you can see, we continue to make improvements each and every year that increase the enjoyment of our course. Again, I am always open to suggestions. As always, I'll see you on the course.
-- Gordon Griffin
* Twelve seniors were out on the course on Tuesday, July 27. Dale Sandahl shot low gross with a 41 while Charlie Waguespack and Keith Stuart tied for low net with 37. Dana Bassel had the closest to the pin on No. 5.
The Alaska Support Industry Alliance Kenai Chapter Tournament was held on July 31, with 112 golfers making up 30 teams. The winning team, at 13 under, was Craig Jung, Doug Jung, Chris Murry and Mike Chenault. Congratulations, gentlemen, on your resounding victory.
* Don't forget that there is a lot of tournament action coming up for your enjoyment in August, some of which Gordon has already mentioned. Check the tournament schedule the next time you are in the pro shop or cruise on over to the web site, www.kenaigolfcourse.com, where you can check the tournament schedule, see what clinics are coming up or admire some great pictures of our beautiful course.
* Some more amazing (and true) golf facts for your entertainment (I hope you are enjoying these little "slices" of golfing history, no pun intended). The longest drought between PGA victories belongs to Butch Baird, who waited 15 years, five months, and 10 days between wins at the 1961 Waco Turner Open and the 1976 San Antonio Texas Open. Ed Fiori waited a long time between wins, too. His victory at the 1996 Quad City Classic was his first tour win since the 1982 Bob Hope Desert Classic -- a span of 14 years, eight months, and two days.
Make these summer days count, golfing friends, because you know they are numbered. I will see you at the Kenai Golf Course.
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