Birch Ridge Golf Report: Diamond drains birdie putt to win tourney

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010


While school is just around the corner, there is still plenty of time to get out and golf. The course is in great shape -- green fairways and nice, soft, gorgeous greens! Make a commitment to your junior golfer to get them out on the course a minimum of two times before they head back to school.

* The Bassackwards Tournament is coming up on Aug. 21. Put together your own team or contact the golf course to sign up individually. If you put together your own team, make sure to have an A, B, C, and D player. This is a great event and if you haven't played in it before check it out. Guaranteed fun!

* The 2010 Phil Turkington Golf Tournament was a smashing success! In the end there was a three-team playoff with all teams shooting a 66. Teams in the playoff -- Frank Bassetti, Ardie Crawford, Pat Bird, Shane Zimmerman and Sonya Burch; Greg Harrington, Dan Mortenson, Bill Groeneveld and Frank Harper; Jay Smiley, Gene Diamond, Teri Diamond, Scott Cunningham and Ken Burch -- were subject to a playoff as opposed to a chip-off to determine the overall champion. Beginning on the ninth hole, two teams made birdie and one made par. Third place went to the team of Frank, Ardie, Pat, Shane and Sonya. Moving on, the two teams continued the playoff on No. 8 with the second-place team -- Greg, Dan, Bill and Frank -- making par while Teri Diamond drained a 20-foot putt for birdie and the win!! Congratulations to the 2010 Turk's Tourney winners -- Jay, Gene, Teri, Scott and Ken!

In addition to an exciting playoff, there were also long drive and closest to the pin honors at the tournament. Scott Kempf won long drive for men -- this is at least the second long drive Scott has won this year. Nice drives, Scott!! Teri Diamond, besides making a terrific putt to win the tournament for her team, had the women's long drive. Kevin O'Fallon put his team within 3 feet, 5 inches on No. 6 and Gordon Briscoe again showed that No. 8 is one of his favorites this year, putting his shot 9 feet, 10 inches from the hole.

* Heard through the grapevine that Myrna Cowan, playing nine holes, shot a 40! Way to go Myrna -- nice round!!

* Senior League had another great morning for golf and Dave Stein took the seniors to the cleaners with a net 33. There were four players tied for second at 34. Daryll Jelsma took No. 6 with a shot at 20 feet, 6 inches, No. 8 went to Jerry Herring at 10 feet, 6 inches and long putt on No. 9 belonged to Chuck Obendorf with a birdie putt of 11 feet, 10 inches. Nice pressure shot Chuck!

* Tuesday Morning Ladies League held their end of year party with 16 ladies in a scramble format. The first-place team included Chiya Bazan, Sally Hoagland, Beth Roseberry and Carol Hussey. Second was secured by Kathy Herring, Tanya Boedeker, Myrna Cowan and Denise Cox. There were lots of other activities associated with the end of year party -- closest to the center line on No. 2 went to Myrna Cowan and Leona Jackson and Rita Geller won the chipping/putting contest. Kathy Herring had honors on No. 6, putting her shot in close while Leona Jackson placed it close on No. 8. Long drive for the day went to Rita Geller.

Following the scramble, the ladies enjoyed pizza, salad and a beautiful cake decorated by Barbara Winkler. Again, thanks to Elaine Anderson for coordinating Ladies Morning League the past two years. Next season Leona Jackson and Tanya Boedeker will be taking over. They could use help from at least one other person. Contact Leona, Tanya or leave a message for them at the pro shop.

* Tuesday Couples Night had 10 couples turn out to play a four-person Florida scramble. The game: each player tees off then they select the best shot for the second shot. The twist: the player whose shot was selected does not get to play the next shot. The best second shot is selected and the player who hit it sits out. Play continues like this until the ball is in the hole. And you had to use each player's drive at least once. Always good at a scramble. Tanna and Mike Chenault teamed with Val Ischi and Gary Dawkins to capture first place while second place went to the Tachick/Stein foursome.

* Alaska Golf Trivia -- Nome is host to the Bering Sea Ice Classic, a six-hole golf tournament played on the ice.

* Erin's Tip of the Week -- compliments of Erin Bell, PGA assistant pro, Big Spring Golf Course

"Whatever you fear most has no power -- it is your fear that has the power."

-- Oprah Winfrey

Greenside Bunker Basics:

* Remember when entering a bunker that only your feet should touch the sand until the club has impact with the ball

* Dig your feet in only enough to support your stance -- the ball and your weight will be forward in your stance

* Open both your stance and clubface and set up two inches behind the ball

* Swing along the line of your feet, not the line of your ball and make sure to accelerate

* This Week's Events (Check in at least 15 minutes prior to the time shown below): Monday - 9:00 AM - Senior League; Tuesday's - 10:00 AM - Tuesday Morning Ladies League; Tuesday's - 6:00 PM - Couple's Night; Wednesday - 6:00 PM - Men's Night; Thursday's - 6:00 PM - Ladies Night

* Upcoming Events: Aug. 21: Bassackwards Tournament; Aug. 28: Ninilchik Native Dissidents Tournament, Day 1; Aug. 28: Ninilchik Native Dissidents Tournament, Day 2; Sept. 11: Serenity House Alumni Tournament; Sept. 12: 3rd Annual Bird & Birch Combined Tournament; Sept. 25: Cold Weather Classic -- Couples Scotch Twosome

Birch Ridge Golf Course can be reached by calling 262-5270 or visit the web site at

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