Tourney provides lots of fun

Bird Homestead Golf Report

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2006

What an absolutely superb week it has been! Welcome everyone to the Friday report from Bird Homestead Golf Course. We are located 11.8 miles down Funny River Road among the woods, wildlife and wonderful folks of Funny River. Need more info? Call us at 260-GOLF.

My article for this week is going to run a bit long but I do hope you all bear with me. We have no Bullwinkle reports other than I was woken by a brouhaha the other morning finding Denny in his elf slippers and undies out in the driveway. He was smoking our red fish and let me know that Mrs. Bullwinkle had come trotting into camp with her baby not knowing he was out there.

He said he didn’t notice her until she was about 10 feet away and thus, freaked out. I’m inclined to think she was mortified by his presence as well as appearance and just hoofed it out of camp with a vision she just wasn’t inclined to appreciate. But I’ll tell ya, that man can smoke a red fish like no other!

This past weekend we had the extreme pleasure to host a truly magnificent event. The Soroptimists held their annual Chip-Away-Tourney here at the Bird Homestead. Robert, Sissy and Chris (our newest grounds crew member) were in at the crack of dawn making sure the greens were playing firm, the holes were placed just so and the fairways were perfectly manicured. I don’t know if the course has ever looked better, and I don’t know of a better tournament to benefit a cause. Thank you ladies for the honor.

Denny and I were fishing in the rain the day before; I said a bit of a prayer for better weather on tourney day. Guess the ladies of the Soroptimists chimed in on that thought as well, and we were heard! A perfect day for golfing, lunch and raffle.

They came in droves! Every time I thought I had everyone checked in, a whole new batch of people came pouring through the door. I overheard Dave Medley asking Paula Rohloff just exactly what the tournament was benefiting, she explained that throughout the past 11 years the Soroptimists have raised over $35,000 to assist women going through cancer treatment and offset their expenses through CPGH.

Please let me take a moment to acknowledge these ladies. This is a definition written by the Soroptimist Organization and Lori Woitel, President and Golf Chairperson. I can’t rephrase any better.

Who they are: Soroptimist International is a global organization that starts with grass roots in local communities. Our main goal is the improvement in the lives of women and girls both locally and around the world. Our local club works year around to keep monies in the cancer fund as well as plan our Young Women’s conference in the spring. We are active with road clean-up, and we provide scholarships for advancing education to female heads of household and recognizing community service provided by active teens. We meet the first Thursday every month from September through May and by committee during the summers. If you have any question or would like to find out more about Soroptimist please give me a call at 252-1140.

Lori has headed up this charity event for the past three years now, and advised me this year’s tournament was a great success.

Roy and I stayed at the pro shop for the day watching as teams came through. (All of you know Roy was chomping at the bit to be out there playing, but he bowed out to help me in the shop.)

Newlywed Keith Isom and his mom, Kathy, had pastries and coffee for everyone when they arrived. (Kathy makes these pecan tarts — geez!) Then they headed out in the “party cart” with snacks and sodas for all on the course while the charcoals heated up for lunch to follow. Lori and I wandered around as she introduced me to the volunteers who conceded golf to help out with the lunch and raffle that followed.

After 18 holes, they began to fill our tents. Aromas of those famous Isom’s Burgers and Kathy’s Cajun Chicken Salad filled the air along with a ton of sides to sate the hungry horde. Folks filled their bellies and sat back to enjoy the announcements of place winners as well as raffle winners.

Let me tell you, Tom Walsh, you have yourself some true sandbaggers out there at Birch Ridge. The guys from Birch Ridge came in first, all grins and rib pokes. You guys gave the other teams a true run for their money! Hats off and our deluxe golf clap. First-place team included: Keaton Andrus, Aaron Andrus, Zack Cowen and Taylor Jackson. Team Medley came in second including Dave Medley, Kenny Daniel (hope you had a safe trip back home Kenny, we enjoyed having you visit), Al Dettmer and Dean Roos. Third place was taken by Artie Crawford, Lynn Reynolds, Kathy Herring and Jerry Herring.

Longest drive for the men was won by Neil Warren and for the women, it was Lynn Reynolds. Closest to the pin honors were taken by Richard Harman and Rhonda Dettmer. Great aim!

The raffle which followed golf was filled with wonderful items that were donated by various local businesses. Great thanks to all sponsors who contributed. Everyone was on tenterhooks to win the propane bug catcher or the handmade custom fishing rod. They caught Jeff Gillman trying to cheat to win the sticker dress-up dolls, but when caught, he settled for winning a stunning shadowbox from Frames and Things. (He got quite a bit of ribbing about the doll thing). All in all, this entire tournament was loaded with good times which were had by all and we look forward to next year’s tournament.

On to men’s night! A beautiful warm evening brought out 18 men who hit the links somewhat on time. I was happy to see Dick Galloway return from his trip and join the guys, even happier when he handed me the filet knife I won from the Funny River Festival raffle! Thank you Rose Marie for reminding him to bring it on men’s night. The guys headed out in threesomes for their scramble format play. There were a couple newcomers in Josy Peterson and Rob Reinhardt. Welcome guys, we were happy to have you join us! Please, gentlemen, if you care to join these hooligans, Tuesdays at 6:30.

Mark Hordeman waited impatiently with his teammates Marty Radvansky and Rob Reinhardt to find out if they had hit on the “stubbed yer putter” award and was ecstatic to find that Dave Kimura, James Musgrove and Josy Peterson swooped in and took it with a whopping score of 7-over. James wasn’t too upset though, taking closest to the pin on the sixth hole. (James, we wish you a safe trip to the slope and look forward to your return.) Closest on No. 8 will carry over till next week.

Longest drive honors went to Paul Zimmerman, who also led his team of Roy Bird and Richard Harman to win team play coming in at 2-under. Then they all rushed off to make it back to town before the bridge closed. It was a fine evening of golf.

On Aug. 26, Bird Homestead will be having its annual Fall Classic. This will be the jewel of the course. Our course is currently playing as sound as any in Alaska and the grounds crew is gearing up to make this tournament a sweet-playing 18 holes of golf. Teams of four can register for $260 for a scramble format with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Isom’s Cafe is serving lunch following golf and who knows what surprises Pat and Elmer have in store for golfers following play. To register and reserve any carts, please contact the course. There will be prizes for first-place team, longest drive for men and women, as well as closest to the pin on Nos. 6 and 8. This tournament is booking up quickly, so get your teams together and register soon! Hole sponsorship is also available for $100, what a great way to advertise your business and enjoy a great day of golf!

Rich Lundahl also has advised me that he will be conducting an adult golf clinic for those of you wishing to improve your game or just work out some bugs. He will be providing all the information in next week’s article. I will be on vacation next week, so Rhonda Dettmer will graciously be filling in for me, but never fear, I will get my two cents in on the article! (grin)

As for trivia, Dave Kimura, you are da man! Correct answer for what the meaning of calling out “Fore” is indeed “Watch Out Ahead.” Dave is going to collect up a free sleeve of balls and we’ll see if we can out-stump him this week.

This week’s trivia: As my faithful readers know, this past week’s Buick Open played at Warwick Hills Country Club, which was my home course in Michigan. What year did the Open first play at Warwick? A) 1956; B) 1957; C) 1958; D) 1959.

Point of interest? In my baby book, (I’m not ashamed — 1965), my mom’s comments: “Missed the Buick Open, had to have Heidi.” Love you, Mommer!

Until next week, may your eagles soar and your long irons be faithful!

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