Kenai Golf Report: Summer rapidly dwindling

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Hello again, golfers. How about that sunshine last week? It didn't last nearly long enough, but then again I guess it never does. It is hard to believe that it is already August and our summer has flown by, such as it has been. I tell myself it is a small price to pay for living in paradise.

Don't forget the Ladies Only Clinic for beginners that will run from Aug. 18 to 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Gordon Griffin will lead the clinic for a fee of $50 and will show you the fine points of driving, putting and chipping. On the last night, a fun scramble will be held on the front nine for participants. Be sure to call the pro shop at 283-7500 and get your name on the list as the class size will be limited.

Mark your calendars for Thursday for the ladies and evening for the guys for a fun nine-hole event with different formats weekly. You don't even have to sign up prior to the event, just show up before the teams are drawn. Ladies meet at noon and the guys gather at 6 p.m. Both have a small entry fee of $5. The guys also have Big Thursday (the last Thursday each month) when a $25 entry fee is charged.

General Manager's Report -- All major work has been completed on the short-game practice facility. The grass has germinated and is thick and lush. The facility will contain two greens and four to five bunkers. It will merge with the existing practice putting area for a practice area that totals over 160 yards. You will be able to practice uphill and downhill chip and pitch shots, hitting off the grass in most areas. Practice mats will also be available in certain areas. We should be practicing on this area in mid-July of next year. This has been a big project and I need to thank everyone that has given their advice and encouragement during the process.

As we move into August, the usual process of plugging and top dressing the greens will begin soon. This is necessary to keep the greens healthy and receptive to shots. The greens will also be overseeded and fertilized at the same time. We also will be plugging the tee boxes and surroundings in the near future. The greens and tee boxes will recover rapidly from this process.

New red stakes have been placed around the back of the green on hole No. 8. Remember that you are entitled to a drop if you lose your ball in this area. Red stakes have been extended all the way around the left side of No. 7 which completes the circle with the left side of No. 8. This should eliminate some confusion and speed up play. Thank you, Doug Harrelson and Dale Sandahl, for your suggestions.

I talked with Bill Burtram the other day and he is feeling better. We look forward to seeing him back on the course before the summer is over.

Here's looking forward to more days of sunshine. See you on the course.

- Gordon Griffin

Ten seniors enjoyed the Tuesday morning seniors' outing. Jesse Wade won low gross and Craig Jung won low net. Tom Allison had the closest to the pin.

Kenai Cup action continued on July 30. The Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) narrowly edged out the Space Cadets (Kirk Hyman/Jeff Johns). Another close match was won by the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) over the Kahunas (Gordon Griffin/Cliff Baker). The Grey Beards (Pat Bowen/Greg Anderson) won their match with the Atigun, Inc. team (Gene Diamond/Roy Wells) as did the team of H&H (Eldon & Ryan Harvey) against the Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway). The Back Page team (Greg Harrington/Daryl Palmer) had the bye this week.

Season standings now have the Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway) in first place with a half-point lead over the Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) in second and the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) in third. Only two more matches remain in the regular season before playoffs begin.

Two teams enjoyed the Ladies Day event on Thursday. Low gross was won by the team of Sheila Steiner, Jackie Oberg, Kathy Heus and Debbie Griffin. Closest to the pin on hole No. 5 was won by Kiana Edgmon. Both teams tied for the first mystery hole while the second mystery hole was won by the team of Kiana and Stacy Edgmon and two players whose names I was not provided. My apologies to the mystery ladies who were part of the team winning on the second mystery hole.

The Men's Night winning team was comprised of Bill Davis, Sean O'Reilly and Derek Kaufman. The second-place team members were Jeff Gillman, Charlie Kahakauwila, Keith Stasek and Paul Zimmerman. Larry Grant took the hat trick, winning the long drive and closest to the pins on hole Nos. 10 and 14.

Congratulations to the first-place team winning the Tesoro Alaska United Way Tournament. They were Jack Focose, Bob Sizemore, Gordon Griffin and Mark Griffin. This outstanding event raised over $20,000 for the Kenai Peninsula United Way. Thanks again to all the businesses and volunteers who donated to this worthy event.

Have a great week, golfers, and enjoy the sunshine -- liquid or otherwise. See you on the course!

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