Rain doesn’t dampen golfers’ spirits

Kenai Golf Report

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Okay, who ordered up all this wet stuff? Enough already! I am beginning to be convinced that it is going to stop raining when it starts snowing and that is just too depressing to contemplate! Hopefully, the rain will stop soon and the sun will come out because I can just imagine the jungle that will be waiting when the grounds crew gets those mowers back out on the course.

As I have said before, I really love this time of year (maybe not quite this damp, but ) and all the activities that take such a big bite out of my golfing time — the Ninilchik State Fair is coming up, as is the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. Besides that, there’s the end-of-season fishing with reds and silvers to be had, plus moose season just around the corner —what’s a girl to do? Well, dang it, I can’t eat golf balls, so guess some of this other stuff tends to take precedence along with the grandkids and yard work and all those other pesky day to day details!

A birdie told me — Jeanne Cork reported her personal best of 46 on the front nine on Aug. 8. Way to go! Ken Liedes had a hole in one on hole 10; only thing is, he won’t see his name on the plaque for this one since it was a practice shot! Too bad, Ken! Ron Goecke had a chip-in birdie on number 10 from the top of the hill. Great shot! Sid Cox had an eagle on hole 16 — only problem with this is that he was playing from the ladies tee! Does this mean he will be wearing a skirt soon? No wonder he shot his best score!

General Manager’s Report

Are you looking for a new and exciting fund raising event? The Kenai Golf Course could be just the place for you and your company. We offer a full range of services to assist you in the planning and organization of your tournament. Food service? No problem, we can cater your event with a wide variety of food service. We offer a covered, heated pavilion fully equipped with barbeque gas grill and food storage cooler for your convenience. For bigger events, additional outdoor covered eating areas can be arranged. Your event could be 9 or 18 holes and scheduled during the week or on a weekend. We are now accepting applications for special events for next year. If you would like more information, please contact me at 283-7500.

Fishing guides, lodges, and bed & breakfast organizations — we are interested in working with you on packages for your customers. I am in the process of organizing this for next year and will be contacting you in the near future.

Local businesses — the Kenai Golf Course is offering a corporate pass for your employees. This could be a tax break for you and a really neat benefit for your employees for the 2007 golf season. I will be happy to discuss the details with anyone interested and can be reached at 283-7500.

The golf course continues to be in excellent condition and gets better each day. The work is continuing on all those special projects which should be completed before the end of the season.

I look forward to seeing you on the course!

— Gordon Griffin

The latest round of Kenai Cup matches were played on Aug. 9. The results of this play finds Hook & Slice (Winter/Winter), G-Men (Norris/Katsion), Cliff Squared (Baker/Smith), B&B (Applewhite/Burtram), Bill & Buzz Duffers (Davis/Rome), Eagles (Allison/Widmayer), Mulligans (Reese/Duggin), Big Guys (Martin/Galloway), B&B (Applewhite/Burtram) winning their matches this week. To date the standings are, in the Butch Anderson Division: R&R (Rich Edwards/Randy Kornfield) in First Place barely squeaking by Mulligans (Tom Reese/Greg Duggin). In the Donny Morgan Division, Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway) are in First Place trailed by Big Guys (Richard Martin/Joe Deveaux) in second. And in the 19th Hole Division, first place is still held by Hook and Slice (Lyle Winter/Rick Winter) followed by B&B (Billy Applewhite/Bill Burtram) in second.

Men’s Night on Aug. 10 saw the first place team of Tom Carver, Jason Webb and John Davis narrowly pull out a win after chipping off with the team of Ron Stafford, Allen Wooten and Cliff Voight. Both teams finished at three under!

The “2x4” Tournament was held on Aug. 12. This baby was the “brainchild” of KGC Golf Pro Don Moock who tried to explain the format to me. His description was “a 2-person team best ball tournament with a blind draw to form 4-person teams.” He also described this as a tournament within a tournament since the best ball format provides for individual scoring along with team scoring. What an intriguing concept!

Don wanted me to extend his special thanks to the KGC staff and crew for our great course, and to the crew for resetting the cup on hole 14 at the last minute. Also, special recognition goes out to Ken Liedes (snack bar manager) and his staff for a great dinner and to Andy Anderson for wonderful coleslaw. Thank you, Bill Hatch, for your help as the “hole-in-one” spotter. And last but not least, a very special thanks to the “Golf Angels,” Sharon Moock and Susan Jelsma, for a long day’s work of keeping score sheets and players organized.

In the two-person team best ball, A Flight, first place went to Pat Bowen and Greg Anderson. In B Flight, first place was won by Clif Vaught and Max Pate. In the four-person team best ball, A Flight, first place was won by Jay Kriner, Dan Green, Sean O’Reilly and Jack Darsey. B Flight was won by Darrel Jelsma, George Stein, Rich Edwards and Randy Kornfield.

Low Gross in the First Flight was won by Bob Sizemore. Low Gross in the Second Flight was George Stein.

Congratulations to all those hardy enough to brave the weather and brave enough to try a challenging new format. Thank you, Arby’s and Glacier Golf for your sponsorships.

The Kenai Golf Association’s Members Only Tournament was held on Aug. 13. The Gross Champion was Gordon Griffin with a score of 83. Congratulations, Gordon.

It was a very busy week at the KGC! Upcoming events include the Ferguson Tournament on Aug. 19 and the Donnie Morgan Memorial on Aug. 26-27.

As always, please contact the Pro Shop at 283-7500 for more information on upcoming events or feel free to stop by, it is a friendly place and everyone is welcome.

See you in the Pro Shop!

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