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Birch Ridge Report: Autumn on the approach

Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2003

Autumn is definitely lurking outside yellow leaves are swirling around driveways, flowers are wilting from exhaustion, some people are sheep hunting while others are mowing the lawn (Did I write that out loud?).

And while I was mowing the lawn, an eye-catching bright red Buick was being parked on the seventh tee box at Birch Ridge Golf Course. I thought perhaps someone had lost their way home. Then the elk showed up, bounding onto the golf course with heads held high and nostrils flared ...

Eighty-four players, some from as far away as Palmer, came out to play 18 holes in 84-degree weather in the Soldotna Elks Charity Tournament here at Birch Ridge Golf Course. They each had a chance to win that beauty of a Buick, if one were lucky enough to score a hole in one on hole six. The Buick was parked in the same spot Sunday, so ...

This always-sold-out tourney came with 35 sponsors this year (obviously including Glacier Pontiac-Buick). Elk Jon Pyle was kind enough and talented enough to hand-carve signs for each sponsor. So, without further ado, the following were the lucky, and a little richer, winners:

Closest to the pin on hole six for the ladies was Pat McRoberts from Mat-Su; our own Darell Jelsma was :the man." Closest-to on No. 8 was Bonnie Prudence from Mat-Su and Alan Olson out of Homer.

Our very own Lynne Reynolds won the ladies longest drive, while Dale Dailey from Mat-Su beat out the other men.

The third-place-winning team with a proud 64 included Roy Anyan, Jon Pyle, Rich Hatt, Leslie Mead and Darell Jelsma. Second-place winners with a respectable 63 were Mike Maklea, Del Hoagland, Ken Schaefer and Chiya Bazan.

And what you've all been reading for, the first-place-winning team with an outstanding 61: Terry Clark, Gordy Briscoe, Rodney Bayles and Jody Hatt.

Phil Turkington (who, by the way, does and exceptional job coordinating this event) would like to thank all those who volunteered their time and patience and not once let him down.

According to my schedule, the mighty seniors have two more Mondays left in their bag to get out on the greens; this last Monday saw 11. Champion of longest putt was Darell Jelsma, while low-score winnings went to Steve Hammerstrom. Steve also won for closest-to on hole eight, but luckily, Dave Stein beat him and everybody else for that honor on hole six.

This last Tuesday was the final tournament day for the Tuesday Morning Ladies. Of course, if the sun keeps its appearance, they'll keep theirs.

Quite a few familiar names were on the winning list Lynne Reynolds swept first place for low gross with a 38 and took honors for closest-to on hole five, long drive and hole seven and fewest putts. Chiya Bazan took second place low gross with a 45. First place low net went to Kathy Herring with Pat Bird following in second.

Team Prize went to Chiya Bazan, Pat Bird, Louise Schadle and Kathy Herring. Michelle Klassen captured closest-to on hole six, Pat Bird for hole eight.

That's it for this week. Next week, let's just pretend that it's a whole new season, whatya' say?



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