Redford gets hole in one

Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2002

The fourth hole in one has been recorded at Birch Ridge Golf Course this summer. On July 30, while playing a Men's Birch Ridge Cup Match, Mo Redford experienced this memorable event. Mo was playing hole No. 8 and his club of choice was a 6-iron. Congratulations Mo!

Senior League

July 29 was a great day weather-wise as a dozen seniors turned out to start the week off right. Even though most had played the preceding Thursday and Friday in the two-day Senior Open, here they were bright and early raring to play. Actually, during the Senior Open they were just perfecting their skills for the Monday match with their compatriots.

The usual games included the usual low-net score, closest to the pins on Nos. 6 and 8 and longest putt on No. 3. To add a little challenge to their game, we added the "fewest putts" challenge.

Chuck Rider won low net score with a great 33, while Jerry Norris took closest-to-the-pin honors on hole No. 6. Hole No. 8 eluded all of the contestants, hence a carry-over to the next week. As for the longest putt, Dave Stein sunk an awesome 16-footer on the third hole, respectfully witnessed by his teammates. A three-way tie requiring a chip-off between Louise Schadle, Chuck Rider and Dave Stein for fewest putts was won with Dave claiming his second "win" of the day.

Monday, 12 happy senior golfers started to prepare proficiently for the Elks Club Tournament. With the usual games being played, longest putt on hole No. 5 was Chuck Rider sinking a great 8-foot putt. The carry-over on the eighth hole, from the previous Monday, was taken by Don McGee, whose drive left him with a 10-foot putt. Closest to the pin on No. 6 was Phil Turkington, who put his ball within 20 feet of the hole. Jerry Norris carded a net 30 for a low net.

Check-in times for this group still remain at 8:30 a.m. with the first group teeing off shortly thereafter. There are only three weeks left to play for the senior folks. The season is coming to an end much too quickly, but that is Alaska!!

See you all on the course.

Men's League

Mike Hollingsworth continued his winning ways last Wednesday night leading the team of Hollingsworth, Nick Horn, Brian Bixby and Joe Blanchard Jr. to first place. The team shot a blistering 7-under. I think that has to be the lowest score of the year for men's night. Joe Blanchard garnered long drive on No. 2 and closest to the pin on No. 6 while Paul Zimmerman nuzzled the ball in close on hole No. 8. Men's League continues every Wednesday night with check-in at 6 p.m.

Morning Ladies League

July 30 found the ladies playing a Potluck Scramble. The team of Kathy Nielson, Kathy Herring and Barb Winkler come in with a score of 33. Barb also had closest to the pin on hole No. 5 and Cheryl Hammerstrom had long drive honors on hole No. 6. The Kathy, Kathy and Barb team also had the lowest score on the even-numbered holes. Learn a new game all the time!

On Tuesday, it was a different game again. Chiya Bazan, Louise Schadle and Kathy Herring were the winning low net team with a score of 99. Kathy Herring helped out the team by getting her ball closest to the pin on No. 8 while Chiya had both the fewest putts, 13, and the low gross at 44. Nice game!

Next Tuesday will be the end-of-year competition as some players will be returning to work after taking the summer off. However, those who can will continue to play on every Tuesday after that until the weather shuts them down.

Alaska Junior Golf Association

The final tournament of the year will be the Junior Masters Invitational Monday and Tuesday.

Final thoughts

The Soldotna Elks Golf Tourney will be held on Saturday. Cash team prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. For details or to sign up for this great tournament, stop by the pro shop or call 262-5270.

Kudos to Rita Botelho! At a recent tournament in Kenai, of the over 120 players, Rita took closest to the pin on hole No. 10 and hole No. 14. Besides that, Rita's team won the tournament and she went home with a set of new Callaway irons! Wow, what a day! Congratulations Rita, way to play!

See you on the backside.

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