Birch Ridge Report: Columnist has it made in the shade at Birch Ridge Golf Course

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2004

Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan described golf as "a passion, an obsession, a romance, a nice acquaintanceship with trees, sand and water."

I'm not sure that my idea of romance coincides with my own luckless attempt at good golf. However, with our summer being somewhat extensive this year, I am certainly better acquainted with the trees. In fact, I've had so many balls in the woods you would think my strategy has been to get under the shade of them all.

Not so ... I've just been lucky.

Some of our winning seniors have obviously not had that fortune to play from the shade: low net winner last week was Gary Effenbeck, with Gordon Briscoe and Chiya Bazan scoring closest-to on holes six and eight respectively. Don McGhee had honors for longest putt scored from 17 feet on hole nine.

Rabid fishing must be coming to an end; our Wednesday's men of the evening are starting to gather again in large numbers. Winning team members last week were Richard martin, Roy Bird (who also shot a pure birdie), Eric Boudreaux and Guy Hayes. Second placers Jay Kriner, Phillip Ivarie, Charles Benson and Paul Zimmerman were just as pleased with their overall performance. Larry Grant scored closest-to on hole six, as did Sig Casiano on hole eight. Long driver for the evening was Richard Martin.

Tuesday mornings still finds the ladies out in droves. Winner of the longest drive was Pat Bird, with Dee Richards showing up with closest-to on hole eight. Elaine Anderson scored fewest putts overall. The winning blind draw team consisted of Jane Tongen, Dee Richards, Chiya Bazan, Louise Schadle and Elaine Anderson.

The Kenai Peninsula Soroptimists held their tournament this last weekend here at Birch Ridge. A chip-off between teams each scoring 63 determined first-place winners Loren Flagg, Scott Kempf, Gary Williams and Dave Shoemaker. Second placers were Denise Maloney, Ron Goecke, Sally Sangster and Buzz Rome. Placing third with a score of 64 was Eric Boudreaux, Jacob Boudreaux, Joe Blanchard and Larry Grant. Lore Weimer and Rich Edwards both scored for longest drive while closest-to recipients were Judy Salo and Darrell Jelsma.

It seems like this summer's leagues and fun-filled days just started, I know, but the regular season for Men's Birch Ridge Cup has come to an end; playoffs are now the norm with four teams playing from each division. Red Division winners are Bob Sizemore and Jay Kriner; runners up are Gary Dawkins and John Lansing. Guy Hayes and Charles Benson are winners of the Blue Division, with runners up George Stein and Dave Stein right at their cleats. The final night of the Men's Cup is slated for Tuesday at 6 p.m., with refreshments and awards for the year.

The Birch Ridge Golf Association's Bassackwards Tourney is this weekend. Tee time is around 4 p.m. Saturday. Sign up at the pro shop ASAP.

See you on the nines.

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