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Chrysler Open set to roll

Posted: Wednesday, August 07, 2002

The Kenai Golf Course will host the Kenai Chrysler Open with the pro-am starting Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m. Amateur golfers will have a chance to play with the professional golfers. Most of the professional golfers who play in the Kenai Chrysler Open are teaching club professionals or mini-tour players.

It will be a great chance for the public to watch up close how professional golfers play the game.

On Friday and Saturday, the Kenai Chrysler Open 36-hole tournament will start at 8 a.m. for amateurs and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for professionals. The public can get in and watch the event for free.

Amateurs have been preparing for this tournament all season. This is what many golfers thrive on. The competition is always stiff and the anticipation is all part of the game. The secret is to go out and play the game you know you are capable of playing without letting the pressure of it all interfere with your play. Believe me, it sounds much easier than it actually will be.

Volunteers are needed to help with the tournament. The only requirement is an interest in the game of golf. You might find helping out for a morning or an afternoon quite rewarding. Please call the clubhouse to get on the helpers list. Thanks ahead of time for your help.

Mixed Doubles

It turned out to be a wonderful evening for the mixed doubles nine-hole weekly event. This week the team of Cliff Smith and Kris Schams took the "mystery hole" with the lowest combined score on No. 7. The team of Jarod and Leanne Daniels took the fewest combined putts for the nine-hole event.

Also participating in the competition were the teams of Don and Jan Erwin, Heather and Jason Daniels, Terry and Elouise Linbarger and Todd and Pam Bullerdink.

The competition is open to all skill levels and golfers never really know until they enter the clubhouse how the winners will be determined, and even then a twist may be added.

I have certainly enjoyed watching several newly "hooked-on-golf gals" get into the game and enjoy it more than they may have originally thought.

Kenai Cup

The Kenai Cup match play will have a skills tournament today. The event is open to ALL Kenai Golf Association members whether they played in the Kenai Cup match play or not. The competition will have a putting, chipping and pitching competition. The event will get under way around 6 p.m. or shortly after. Call the clubhouse for more information.

The teams winning this week's matches in Kenai Cup play from the Alaska Division were the Doug Jung-Dustin Jung team, the Felix and Pam Martinez team and the Eldon Harvey-Ryan Harvey team. The Jim Legner-Craig Jung team and the Billy Applewhite-Bill Burtram team pushed their match.

The winners in the Great Land Division were the Bob Drewes-Rich Edwards team, the Tom Allison-Mark Azzara team, the Jerry Norris-Noel Widmayer team and the Dwight Kramer-Doug Haralson team.

The teams placing first through fourth in the Kenai Cup competition will enter the playoffs from each division. Taking first place in the Alaska Division was the Jim Legner-Craig Jung team. Taking second place was the Eldon Harvey-Ryan Harvey team. Taking third place was the Billy Applewhite and Bill Burtram team. Taking fourth place was the Billy Coghill-Jeff Sinz team.

In the Great Land Division, taking first place was the Noel Widmayer-Jerry Norris team. Taking second place was the Dwight Kramer-Doug Haralson team. Taking third place was the Tom Allison-Mark Azzara team. Taking fourth place was the Dana Bassel-Fred Korpinen team.

Congratulations to all the winners who will start the playoffs on Aug. 14.

Men's Night

The winners in the weekly event included Stan Miller, Ted Heus and Owen Brewer with a 5-under par. The team with 4-under that took second place included John Davis, Joe Blanchard, Tim Green and Bob Reilly.

Three teams carded a 3-under par and had a chip-off to determine the winner. The team that took second place due to the chip of Clayton Dolan also included Cal Larson, Shawn Jones and Keith Stuart.

The slugger of the week was Ted Heus on No. 2. Ted hit his drive parallel to the trees. That was quite a drive!

Closest to No. 5 was Matt Matarrese with 3 feet, 8 1/2 inches. That, too, was quite a shot! Closest to No. 9 was Clayton Dolan with 20 feet, 10 inches.

The "pure birdie" will be a carry-over for the next competition.

Junior Golf

Don't forget to sign juniors up for the Kenai Golf Association Junior Tournament that will take place on Aug. 20. The sign-up sheet is in the clubhouse. The first juniors to sign up will receive T-shirts until the shirts are gone.

There will be flights for 8-year-olds to 17-year-olds. All winners will have their names engraved on the junior clubhouse trophies. There also will be gift certificates awarded to participants placing in the tournament.

All skill levels are welcome. All who participate are winners in one way or another. The most important part of any junior tournament is the participation. The Kenai Golf Association encourages all juniors to participate. There will be food, fun, good sportsmanship and lots of golf. There will be driving range gift certificates for all participants.

The tee times go from 1 to 3 p.m. depending on the number of participants. The older golfers will tee off first. Call the clubhouse at 283-7500 for more information.

Closing thoughts

On Sunday yours truly and several friends from the Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association attended a string quartet concert hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra in Tutka Bay. It was quite an experience. The boat trip from Homer was great and Tutka Bay is remote and so beautiful. Kachemak Bay is truly one of Alaska's finest jewels.

After too many years I finally found my way to the Kachemak Bay Lynx Par 3 Golf Course in Homer. The greens are quite nice and the view is unbelievable. What a cute little course! The course features a clubhouse and pro shop and bed and breakfast.

It was especially wonderful to find myself among golfers I have known for years and years at both Kenai Golf Course and Birch Ridge. Many of the Kenai regulars from Homer got their start golfing at this wonderful little golf course. It will certainly sharpen up your short game!

You can bet the week after the Chrysler Open, yours truly will head back to Homer with my bag of clubs.

Meanwhile, check out www.golfkenai.homestead.com and see you on the front nine at Kenai Golf Course.



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