Well, with fishing behind me, except of course for a few silvers this fall, I'm back at the golf course chasing that little white ball around. I have some lost time to make up and a few rounds that need some attention. With the weather and course as they presently are I will get in more rounds this season than I have ever done before.
Mixed doubles meets each Monday evening with tee times at 6:20 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and so on. However, this coming week all teams are asked to be at the course by 6:30 p.m. so the teams may be drawn. To speed up the play, the group may be split between the back nine and front nine so teams complete the nine holes in about the same time.
The mixed doubles team of Buzz and Patty Rome took the most "one putts" award for the nine-hole event. Patty has been pretty excited about carding her best scores since taking several lessons from the Kenai Golf Course pro. The other night she calculated her score could have been 35 if she had not taken so many unnecessary strokes.
There were two teams who chipped in. Buzz Rome and Nancy Myers carded them, so they flipped for it. Nancy ended up with the award for the chip-in.
Kevin and Nancy Myers had the best score on the "mystery hole," which was No. 9.
Nora Satathite and Patty Rome showed up for the ladies night. Nora has been a steady player in the ladies event for years. These ladies are inviting other ladies to get out on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. to play. These stalwarts will not give up the designated ladies tee times each Tuesday evening.
The Kenai Cup match play is heading into the finals. July 30 winners in the Butch Anderson Division were the Dana Bassel-Tim Green team, the Doug Jung-Dustin Jung team and the Lyle Winter-Rick Winter team.
The winners in the Donnie Morgan Division were the Eldon Harvey-Ryan Harvey team, the Tom Reese-Greg Duggin team and the Noel Widmayer-Jerry Norris team.
The winners in the 19th Hole Division were the Jim Legner-Craig Jung team, the Jack Evans-Bruce Galloway team and the Mark Matarrese-Matt Matarrese team.
The winners in the match play from each division were the Lyle Winter-Rick Winter team, the Noel Widmayer-Jerry Norris team and the Billy Applewhite-Bill Burtram team. Congratulations to the winners in each division!
It was Big Thursday last week. The team that took first place with 6-under included Bill Engberg, Matt Matarrese, Mark Matarrese and Cliff Baker. Yours truly had to be convinced this was really a true blind draw!! Wow! Talk about a loaded team!!
Two teams tied with 2-under. The teams included EZ Hoyez, Cal Larson, Ron Stafford and Todd Eskelin; also Gary Katsion, Tim Taylor, Brian Bixby and Ken Lipski.
Closest to the pin on No. 5 was Mark Matarrese with 6 feet, 10 inches. Slugger of the week was Paul Nelson with the longest drive on No. 2.
A Birdie Told Me
Thank you to Tom Vincent and Dave Ramsey for the recent improvements made to the club storage room. It is wonderful and the golfers are certainly noticing your handiwork and do appreciate it very much. Kenai Golf Course is lucky to have friends of the course like Tom and Dave.
Thanks also to the golfers who donated their gift certificates last fall for the foot brushes that are on the tee signs this season. Thank you to Eddie Sibolboro, who started with his gift certificate donation for the brushes on the tees. The next tournament found Doug Haralson, Billy Applewhite, Bill Burtram and yours truly also donating their gift certificates for the purchase of the spike brushes.
Hole in one
On July 29 Eric Meyer, while playing with Uncle Sam Meyer, carded a hole in one on No. 5. Eric was pretty excited and got the house a round to help him celebrate his membership into the Kenai Golf Course Hole in One club. Eric's name will be added to the clubhouse trophy. Congratulations for a great shot!
I also heard that Sitka is in the process of having a golf course. It is under construction as this goes to press. It appears golf is taking hold in Alaska from one end to the other.
Thanks to the junior golfers who have recently helped out subbing in the Kenai Cup match play. Zach Beeson, CJ Gray and Tyler Morris all did a super job with the match play.
Don't forget the Junior Alaska State Tournament on Thursday really needs volunteers to help on tourney day. The tournament starts at 7 a.m. Please sign up in the clubhouse to help out with the junior event. Junior golfers from throughout the state will be here competing at the Kenai Golf Course.
Kenai Chrysler Open
The Pro Am will be Thursday and Friday starting at 10 a.m. Spectators are welcome to watch the tourney free of charge. Should be some great golf in Kenai with the fifth annual Kenai Chrysler Open taking place Saturday and Sunday.
The grounds crew has been very busy getting the course ready for the tournament. The weatherman too plans to cooperate and continue with this incredible weather we have been having.
What a summer we are having! The fishing has been great and there is more to come. The weather is awesome. The Kenai Golf Course is in super shape. The flowers all over town are blooming and showing off their colors. We still have so many rounds of golf ahead of us.
Check out www.golfkenai.com and see you on the front nine.
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