Leman cards ace on No. 8

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2001

Congratulations to Dan Leman of Ninilchik on his hole in one! Monday, playing the 150-yard eighth hole, Dan attained this spectacular accomplishment. Some of us dream about accomplishing this while for Dan it is a reality! For interested trivia buffs, Dan was playing a Dunlop ball and using Wilson irons.

Junior Golf

Unfortunately the Junior State Amateur champion Tony Azzara broke a small bone in his ankle and was unable to play in the 2001 KeyBank Alaska Junior Masters Invitational.

Playing from the championship tees at Settlers Bay Golf Course, the Kenai Peninsula was well represented at this prestigious event with Nick Horn placing second in the 15 to 17 age group with a two-day total of 170.

Also playing in the 15 to 17 age group was Matt Matarrese (190). Josh Lansing played in the 13 to 14 age group and finished with a two-day total of 187.

Throughout the summer months the Kenai Peninsula has been well represented by our junior golfers at these statewide events. While this part of the season has come to a close I suspect you will see them out on the links for as long as the courses stay open.

Senior League

You would think after playing in the Peninsula Senior Amateur the seniors would take Monday off, but upon our return from a golf tournament Birch Ridge roving reporter Jo Briscoe had submitted the following report on the play from Monday's Master Seniors.

The weather finally cooperated for the 14 seniors who came out to play a game of two-person team net. With this format, the change of pace was refreshing, giving everyone a chance to try something different. Tied for first place were the team of Don McKendry and Jerry Norris and the team of Louise Schadle and Don McGhee.

Again, closest to the pin on the usual sixth and eighth holes found Andy Anderson claiming the laurels on No. 6 and Jo Briscoe on No. 8. With about 12 feet to the holes, they both made their par, always a welcome addition to their scores! The fifth hole was picked as the longest putt hole, with Roger Jones sinking a 9 1/2-footer.

We only have three more days of regular Monday contests. Where did this summer go? However, we will continue to play as long as the "snowbirds" don't "fly the coup" and interested parties show up to play. After having that downed coffee, keep us in mind Monday mornings to combine a bit of golf coupled with some refreshing socializing. It has been a great group and we all look forward to a larger group next year.

Tuesday Morning Glories

On a beautiful Tuesday, the ladies gathered to challenge for both low gross and low net scores. Low gross score honors went to Chiya Bazan (44) with second place going to Funny River sensation Pat Bird (46). When it came to low net scores, the ladies reversed their placing with Pat taking low net at 30 and Chiya carding a 33. Louise Schadle had the fewest putts, with Jane Tongen placing her ball closest to the pin on hole No. 8.

Ladies Birch Ridge Cup Standings

Ten teams competed throughout the summer in the Ladies 2001 Birch Ridge Cup Standings. Defending 2000 Cup Champions Jan Stenga and Myrna Cowan successfully defended their title by winning 6 of 10 matches and tying the remaining four to garner 15 points, narrowly edging out the team of Wendy Alt and Carolyn Turkington.

Final cup standings for the year are: Jan Stenga and Myrna Cowan at 15; Wendy Alt and Carolyn Turkington at 14; Linda Murphy and June Stuckey at 11; Paula Crowley and Shelley Ramsey at 11; Lynne Reynolds and Jane Tongen at 10; Ardie Crawford and Judy Keck-Walsh at 8; Terry Mattison and Sharon Keating at 7; Nan Weaver and Tanna Chenault at 7; Pat Bird and Rhonda Kettmer at 5; and Barb Winkler and Susan Jelsma at 2.

Men's Night

Twenty-six golfers took advantage of a great weather and improved conditions at Birch Ridge on Aug. 1 to team up for weekly honors. The team of Don Moock, Tim Moglien, Ezzra Johnson and Jay Kriner carded a 6-under to take the weekly honors, while Big Bob Sizemore launched a drive on No. 2 that bested his fellow big hitters' wannabes.

Putting to ball to within 5 feet of the hole on No. 6 was Larry Grant, while Jay Kriner had an equally impressive shot on No. 8 by nuzzling it within 44 inches of the hole.

Men's Birch Ridge Cup Standings

The team of Gary Dawkins and John Lansing topped the Red Division while Ron Carlson and Ray Hamby took home honors in the White Division.

There were ties for second in each division with playoff matches to be held before Aug. 20. In the Red Division the team of Dave Stein and George Stein will have their playoff match against Dan Murphy and Doug Marshall while the White Division playoff will see Jay Kriner and Mike Azzara against Lee and Dan Green.

In the Red Division, Dawkins and Lansing had 16; Stein and Stein had 15; Marshall and Murphy had 15; Blanchard and Blanchard had 10; Cowan and Tongen had 8; Alt and MacWilliams had 7; O'Fallon and Walsh had 6; Hammerstrom and King had 6; Horn and Horn had 5; and Mattison and Keating had 4.

In the White Division, Carlson and Hamby had 16; Kriner and Azzara had 11; Green and Green had 11; Jelsma and Hollingsworth had 9; Redford and Friendshuh had 9; Sizemore and Sizemore had 8; Sinz and Stackhouse had 7; Turkington and Maddox had 7; Tachick and Tachick had 6; and Lansing and Elson had 4.

Upcoming tournaments

This Saturday is the Soldotna Elks Charity Golf Tournament, with the Bassackwards Tournament on Aug. 25.

Kudos to the groundscrew

The crews at Birch Ridge are to be commended as the fairways and greens are really looking splendid! If you haven't been out to the course lately take a few minutes to stop and see the strides that have been made in beating back the winter kill we saw earlier in the season.

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