Birch Ridge Golf Report: Bassackwards Tournament to be held Saturday at Birch Ridge

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010

The challenge is on to see which Bassackwards team can beat the course record of 30 set by the team of Nolan Rose, Steve Hammarstrom and Jane and Dave Stein. The deadline to sign up is Friday. The event is hosted by the Birch Ridge Golf Association. The proceeds benefit junior golf programs. This is a nine-hole, four-person scramble and you can put together your own A-B-C-D team or sign up individually and be placed on a team. A fabulous barbecue and great storytelling follows the tournament.

* Congratulations to Tyler Yamada! Tyler recently won the Junior State Amateur for 13-14-year-olds at Moose Run Hill Course in Anchorage. Tyler joins a group of junior golfers that have honed their skills her on the Kenai Peninsula.

* Quite a few Birch Ridge lady golfers turned out to participate and support the LeeShore Center's Run for Women last Saturday. Congratulations to Carol Hussey for her second place finish in her division.

* Senior League play continued with another cool, cloudy day for the 16 seniors who turned out. While the golfers started under dry conditions, that changed a little over halfway through. Dave Johnsrud took top honors with a net 32. Mark Hutton was closest to on the sixth hole at 20 feet, 6 inches. Steve Hammarstrom had the long putt on No. 9 and nobody could put it on the green on No. 8, which benefits the year-end party fund!

* Tuesday Morning Ladies League kept a lot of data over the summer -- chip-ins, birdies, closest to the pin, attendance. If you read the column over the summer, some of the names won't be a surprise, like Chiya Bazan and Kathy Herring. They each had closest to the pin honors on three occasions while Rita Geller was close twice. Five other ladies -- Georgia Bentley, Tanna Chenault, Cheryl Hammarstrom, Sally Hoagland and Leona Jackson -- also picked up closest to the pin honors during league play. Between June 1 and July 20 there were eight chip-ins, with three chip-ins occurring on July 20, while on June 1 there were two. Myrna Cowan, Kathy Herring, Val Ischi, Leona Jackson, Shirley Johnsrud, Diane Mersch, Beth Roseberry and Louise Schadle all received chip-in pins. Leona Jackson and Kathy Herring also picked up pins for each having two birdies during the season whereas Georgia Bentley, Myrna Cowan, Rita Geller, Sally Hoagland and Jana Query recorded one birdie. Best attendance record for the summer goes to Louise Schadle and Cheryl Hammarstrom each turning out to play on 11 separate occasions. The Tuesday Morning Ladies continue to play so if the weather is good, or at least not raining hard, pick up your clubs and head out Tuesday mornings. Check in at 9:30 a.m. with tee off at 10 a.m.

* Tuesday Night Couples playing a two-person scotch double had eight teams in this alternating shot competition. In a scotch double, each person tees off then you select the best drive and alternate your shots to the hole. Sue and George Stein played a neat game coming in with a net 30 and Carol Hussey teamed with Earl Mathis to shoot a 32. Three teams -- Kathy and Jerry Herring, Val Ischi/Gary Dawkins, and Sally and Del Hoagland -- were in a card-off for third place. Whatever hole was the deciding factor, it worked to the benefit of Kathy and Jerry Herring. If you and your partner are interested in having fun on Tuesday nights, call the pro shop to sign up. Next Tuesday couples will tee off at 5:45 p.m.

* Men's Birch Ridge Cup playoffs are underway. Four teams from two divisions are engaged in the playoffs with the top two teams from each division playing for the championship on Aug. 23. While these two teams compete for the championship, the other gentlemen that played in Men's Birch Ridge Cup this season will be partaking in various other golfing activities.

* Alaska Golf Trivia: "America's most remote golf course" is Bear Valley Golf Course in Kodiak.

* Erin's Tip of the Week: compliments of Erin Bell, PGA assistant pro, Big Spring Golf Course

"The road to success is always under construction."

-- Lily Tomlin

Fairway Bunker Shots:

* Lightly dig your feet into the sand to support your balance

* Choke down on the club as many inches as you dig your feet into the sand and have a "stiff legged" stance with ball placed in the back of your stance

* Make sure you hit the ball first, rather than the sand, as if the ball was resting on a sheet of glass

* Use a higher lofted club to lift your ball above the lip of the bunker

* This Week's Events (Check in at least 15 minutes prior to the time shown below): Monday - 9 a.m. - Senior League; Tuesday's - 10 a.m. - Tuesday Morning Ladies League; Tuesday's - 5:45 p.m. - Couple's Night; Wednesday - 6:00 PM - Men's Night; Thursday's - 6 p.m. - Ladies Night

* Upcoming Events: Saturday: Bassackwards Tournament; Aug. 28: Ninilchik Native Dissidents Tournament, Day 1; Aug. 29: Ninilchik Native Dissidents Tournament, Day 2; Sept. 11: Serenity House Alumni Tournament; Sept. 12: 3rd Annual Bird & Birch Combined Tournament; Sept. 25: Cold Weather Classic - Couples Scotch Twosome

Birch Ridge Golf Course can be reached by calling 262-5270 or visit the web site at

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