Kenai Golf Report: Golf season continues at Kenai Golf Course along with rainy weather

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Enough already with the rain. Either I blinked and missed some sunshine or it really hasn't stopped raining for days! Things are amazingly green and lush -- and SOGGY!

* I would like to welcome our newest member of the Kenai Golf Course golfing family -- Rainey Marie Copeland. This very young lady is the granddaughter of Gordon and Debbie Griffin and lives in Phoenix. I hope it is warmer and drier there.

* Here's a good reason to try to keep your ball in play and stay out of the woods, besides the very obvious benefit, it seems to be a good year for hornets, bees or some other sort of stinging beast living in the woods at the Kenai Golf Course and elsewhere (my better half was bombarded while mowing the lawn at home -- another good reason for me not to get involved with cutting the grass). Tommy Carver suffered multiple stings during the Donnie Morgan tournament this past weekend. It was remarked that very few people had ever seen him move quite that fast.

* We have several Atigun Cup qualifying events coming up, starting with the Kenai Pro-Am on Sunday, followed by the Memorial Tournament on Aug. 28 and the KGA Monthly Event on Sept. 5. The last tournament of the season (what the heck?) and the last Atigun Cup event is the Kenai Open on Sept. 11 and 12.

* General Manager's Report -- The Donnie Morgan Tournament and our club championship was a great event this year. As part of the final group, I was able to witness a real tight match between two really good players. Congratulations, Chris Murray. You are the 2010 club champion. Truckee LeMay, congratulations on being the First Division low net champion. Congratulations are also in order to Bill Bushnell, who was the Second Division low net champion. Thank you to all who participated. We look forward to this event every year and it was especially nice to see Dick and Shirley Morgan back on the course. Thank you, Dwight Kramer, for running a great tournament in a very professional way.

I would like to thank Dusty Culbreath and Willie Perkins for getting the course in such great condition. It is really in beautiful shape.

The Rita Botelho and Butch Anderson tournaments have been combined and the new tournament is called The Memorial. This tournament will be held on Aug. 28. Please drop by the pro shop and sign up.

The next Ladies Clinic will be held Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. This will be the final ladies clinic of the year and I want to extend my thanks to all the ladies who have participated this season. It has been a lot of fun.

I hope to see everyone on the course during the last month and a half of the season. Maybe we will get some sunshine before the season is over. See you on the course.

-- Gordon Griffin

* Our stalwart senior men did not let the weather keep them from gathering on Aug. 10. Dale Sandahl won low gross with a score of 39 and Keith Stuart and Pat Bowen tied for low net with 33. Craig Jung had the closest to the pin on No. 14.

* The Donnie Morgan Memorial Tournament was held on Saturday and Sunday. Chris Murray was the 2010 low gross and club champion. First Division net champions were Truckee LeMay in first place, Todd Eskelin in second place, and Mark Griffin in third place. The Second Division net champions were Bill Bushnell in first place, John Glidden in second, and Jerry Norris in third. The closest to the pin awards on Saturday went to Ryan Hardy on No. 5, Joe Deveaux on No. 9, Mark Griffin on No. 10, and Chris Murray on No. 14. Truckee LeMay had the long drive on No. 6 on Saturday. Sunday's winners of the closest to the pin were Greg Harrington on No. 5, Chris Murray on No. 9, Rene Alvarez on No. 10, Todd Eskelin on No. 14, and Chris Murray on No. 18 with his second shot. Skins on Saturday in the First Division went to Truckee LeMay, Gordon Griffin, Rene Alvarez, Todd Eskelin, and Jim Bradford. In the Second Division, skins went to Jerry Norris, Keith Stuart, Jeff Johns, and Kirk Hyman (2). On Sunday in the First Division, only Gordon Griffin and Doug Jung won skins. Second Division skin winners were Kirk Hyman, Jerry Norris, Joe Deveaux, and Jeff Johns.

* This has to be a record for the most expensive round of golf. In the 1910s, the mysterious and eccentric Count d'Alcardi, who frequented the French Riviera, paid more than $650,000 to have his own golf course built near his country estate. Apparently, he was not much better than I am at the game of golf and after taking a 15 on the fifth hole on his course, he quit the game in a huff and had his course plowed under! And I thought I was bad for wanting to throw my clubs!

* I am a little astonished to be mentioning the end of season tournaments and can't help but wonder where our summer has gone. Oh yes, I remember now -- What summer? I will see you on the course.

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