Birch Ridge Golf Report

Sweet memories

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2007

Remember when the Soldotna Elks Lodge had their first golf tournament? If so, your memory is better than mine, but I can remember at least 10 years (maybe more) of golfing with the Elks. One thing is for sure ... Phil Turkington is part of the memory, being the driving force behind it for so many years. Last year was Phil's last Elks Tournament, so it was only fitting that he was on the winning team.

This year the Elks appropriately renamed the tournament, the 'Phil Turkington Golf Classic' in his memory. He certainly was a classic! Anyone who knew Phil probably has a story to tell, especially if you're an Elk and/or involved at Birch Ridge Golf Course. Although Phil wasn't physically with us this past Saturday, his presence was certainly felt. It was suggested that Phil was somehow responsible for all the rain. He probably figured the fairways needed watering.

Phil will be memorialized with a plaque on a rock on hole No. 9, so when you tee up, remember Phil. The final figures aren't in yet, but it is estimated the Elks were able to raise approximately $4,500 to be used for local kids programs.

With a full field of very wet golfers having a great time in spite of the rain, one team stood apart from the rest. Bob Sizemore, Ray Hamby, Rhonda Dettmer and Cathy Landacre took first place with a 61. The second-place team of Robert Mason, Jim Bennett, Allen Dettmer and Skip Dove posted a 66. Four teams tied for third place at 67, and the powers that be, decided a playoff was in order (versus a chip-off or card-off). After two holes, the team of Caleb Sizemore, Jonna Dick, Guy Hayes and BJ Brower won out.

Other notable performances were from Scott Kempf for the men's longest drive and for the women, Paula Crowley took the long drive prize. Loren Flagg (for men) and Elaine Anderson (for women) were closest to the hole on No. 6. On No. 8, Jim Bennett and Tanya Boedeker were closest to the hole.

Special recognition goes to Gary Brumley and Norm Mortensen for taking over the awesome task of filling Phil's shoes. From the perspective of this participant, I commend them for doing a great job. Next year Phil, how about some sunshine?

The Seward Seahawk's Athletic Booster Club made not just memories July 28, but also about $5,000 that will go towards worthwhile programs. Committee members Jeff Hetrick, Vicki Loomis, Jean Bardarson and Kim Reierson would like to thank all the hole sponsors, those who donated prizes and who volunteered to make their fourth annual tournament the biggest fundraiser of the year.

With a full field of 72, two teams tied for first place at 6-under par. After the tie was broken, first place went to Jeff Hetrick, Jean Bardarson, Kevin Lane and Tim Fleming. Second place went to Marty Arnoldy, Lori Draper, Clint Draper and Alison Jones. The team of Mike Moriarty, Burton Powers, Vicki Loomis and Travis Stubblefield took third.

The men's long drive winner was Burton Powers. Skip Reierson won the closest to the hole prize for the men, coming within 10 inches of the hole. Jean Lewis not only won the longest drive for women but was also closest to the hole.

If you really want to make some fun memories, sign up now for the Bassackwards Tournament scheduled for Aug. 18. This tournament is sponsored by the Birch Ridge Golf Association with proceeds going back to the association to be used for junior golf. Deadline is Friday, Aug. 17. Tee off is 5 p.m. Saturday. The $40 fee for association members and $50 for non-members includes a nine-hole scramble, barbecue and prizes. All golfers must have an established handicap to make a bassackwards memory.

The Wednesday Night Men's League on Aug. 1 had 12 players, with Roy Bird and Gary Davis tying for first place, posting a net 30. Chuck Obendorf, Roy Bird, Pat McElroy and George McDowell made up the winning team. Closest to the hole on No. 6 was Steve Tachick and on No. 8, John Davis took the prize. Mike Edwards had the longest drive.

The Monday Morning Seniors had 18 golfers with Steve Tachick posting the low net score of 27. Closest to the hole on No. 6 was Mick Reeve and on No. 8, Shirley Johnsrud was closest to the hole. Pat McElroy made the longest putt.

The Tuesday Morning Ladies End-of-the-Year Extravaganza is just a memory now, and for some of the 15 ladies, the memory is especially sweet. Shirley Johnsrud not only had the low net score (30), but was closest to the hole on No. 8 and went on to birdie the hole. The second place net score winner was Elaine Anderson (32), and a net 33 gave Mary Anderson third place. Fourth place went to Myrna Cowan. Jane Tongen had the fewest putts and Donna Franzmann sunk a 60-foot putt on No. 7.

The Tuesday Night Couples always make memories with the help of couple-in-charge, John and Jane Tongen. I'm sad to report that the Keatings weren't there this week, but I'm told that the 10 couples who played were feeling a little "boxed-in" (the name of the format).

Five teams of two couples each played their own game. Using designated net scores "boxed-in" by the Tongens on the score sheet, each team added the best net score from the other three team members to the "boxed-in" score to make up the team score on each hole. The winning team was the Murphys (Dan and Linda) and the Boedekers (Tom and Tanya). Coming in second were the Herrings (Jerry and Kathy) and the Tachicks (Steve and Sally).

Sounds like the Tuesday Night Couples had a lot of fun, as usual. Maybe it's a good thing Dave and I missed it, since I'm very claustrophobic.

SHARON'S THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: "In the words of Bob Hope, 'Thanks for the memories,' Birch Ridge.

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