Kenai Golf Report: Chrysler Open a success

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2003

The Kenai Golf Course once again offered Kenai some awesome golf while hosting the fifth annual Kenai Chrysler Open. There were 30-plus pros that took on the Kenai Golf Course, many playing for their fifth time while others were new to the tournament. The weather was simply unbelievable and the excitement was felt for four days over the entire golf course.

Thursday and Friday, amateurs teamed up with the pros to play a "shamble." A shamble is a great format where all tee off, choose the best tee shot and then play their own ball through the green. However, the pro must use his own ball from tee to green for 18 holes of play.

The Pro-Am days of play, Thursday and Friday, gave the pros a chance to become familiar with the course or to reacquaint themselves with the challenging Kenai Golf Course. How wonderful for amateurs to have a chance to play with golfers who have such a passion for the game and who are so incredibly skilled and determined. So many helpful golfing tips also were shared by the pros.

It was obvious when the Open took place on Saturday and Sunday how zeroed in the pros became. One could sense their concentration and focus and determination to beat that challenging Kenai Golf Course and card the lowest score.

Thanks Kenai Chrysler for another great tournament and all the hard work that went into having such an event at Kenai Golf Course.

Mixed Doubles

Mixed doubles drizzled out this week. It was amazing to have the much-needed rain start when it did immediately after the Kenai Chrysler Open. The golf course fairways are smiling once again and do need more rain to green them up.

Mixed doubles starts at 6:20 p.m. each Monday and all skill levels are invited to play. An effort will be made to speed up play by encouraging players to pick up their ball after so many strokes. The daily tee sheets are marked to go from the front to the back in 2 hours, 20 minutes. It may be a great time for these players to think about playing in the approximate time allocated for nine holes.

Ladies' Night

Once again, the stalwarts showed up to play in the Ladies' Night weekend event on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Nora Satathite, Connie Wheat and Colleen Puch showed up to play. All women are invited to show up and play. The course is playing so much friendlier to women since the fall 2002 rerating took place. Yesterday, one of the gals told me she shoots about seven or eight strokes better than she did last year.

Kenai Cup

The finals are in full swing with the Kenai Cup match play. The last matches found the following teams victorious: Lyle Winter and Rick Winter; Tom Reese and Greg Duggin; Billy Applewhite and Bill Burtram; and Eldon Harvey and Ryan Harvey. All these teams advance to the final matches of the season for the championship for 2003.

Men's Night

The Men's Night regulars showed up in spite of the Kenai Chrysler Open commotion and played the back nine.

The team that took first place at 3-under included Ted Heus, Ron Tracy and Jeff Johns. The team that took second after a chip-off included Jerry Norris, Cliff Baker, Robert Ferrell and Cal Larson.

Closest to the pin on No. 10 was Ted Heus. Closest to the pin on No. 17 was Cal Larson at 7 feet.

Alaska Junior Golf Tourney Results

Last Thursday the Alaska Junior Golf Association tournament took pace at Kenai Golf Course. In the 13- and 14-year-old division, Beau Forrest of Kenai won, Kyler Johnson of Anchorage was second and Zach Beeson of Kenai was third.

In the competition among 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds, Tony Azzara of Soldotna was first, Brandon Kaiser of Anchorage was second and Zach Cowan of Soldotna took third.

A Birdie Told Me

What about that double eagle James Contreras carded on No. 8? His drive was 220 yards and his second shot found the cup. Double eagles are quite rare.

What about Eddie Sibolboro and his hole in one he carded on No. 5 on the first day of the Pro-Am play? Eddie was pretty excited and it couldn't have happened to a guy who enjoyed it more or who constantly works on his game more. Eddie's name will be on the Hole in One clubhouse trophy.

Congratulations on a couple of super shots.

Upcoming Events

The Kenai Contractors annual 18-hole "load your own team" scramble will take place Saturday with tee times starting at 7 a.m. It is a great tournament and there should be quite a few teams all competing in the very competitive tournament.

The two-day, 36-hole Donnie Morgan Fall Classic golf tournament will take place on Aug. 30-31. There will be individual play in flights according to handicap.

The following weekend, the Kenai Golf Association and Birch Ridge Golf Association will have the annual two-day, 36-hole tournament. Play includes 18 holes in Kenai and 18 holes at Birch Ridge.

Closing Thoughts

The blooming fireweed is a sign things are moving along on the Kenai Peninsula. What a season we have had for golfing! The weather has been outstanding with warm, dry days. There is still a lot of golf to play, birdies to card, pars to work for and that best nine-hole score thus far.

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See you on the practice green.

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