Backwards day

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2009

Have you ever wanted to do something and do it the opposite of how it is suppose to be done? Challenge yourself to try something new? This Saturday you have the opportunity to play golf, but to play the course opposite of how it is suppose to be done -- backwards! Yes that's right, backwards and what fun it is. You come up with shots that you never even knew you had in your bag.

The Bassackwards Golf Tournament gets underway at 5 p.m. on Saturday. You can put together your own team (A-B-C-D players) or if you don't have a team, sign up at the golf course. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Friday. Besides playing the course backwards, there are a couple of other contests -- closest to the pin and putt for dough -- you can enter, in addition to a spectacular barbecue. If you have not played in this tournament before it is time. It is one of the most enjoyable tournaments of the year.

There continues to be a flurry of activity at the course with Mike Rose busy putting in a new tee box on hole No. 9 and doing quite a bit of clearing around hole No. 11. Rumor has it that the new tee box, which is extremely beautiful, will be for the ladies and the seniors. The improvements are really very nice and look forward to playing from the new tee box next year.

The seniors have been busy. For the past two weeks it seems one player has dominated the day's events. On Aug. 10 Darell Jelsma beat up on the other 16 seniors who showed up on a warm, beautiful sunny day. He not only shot a net 31, but he also took honors on No. 6. No one hit the green on No. 8, so the party fund grew some more. Jim Bradford had the long putt on No. 9. This past Monday, 17 seniors turned out to play on this cool morning with Steve Hammarstrom taking everyone to the cleaners. Steve shot a net 31 and was closest to on both the par-3 holes. He had to share a little bit with Mark Hutton, who had the long putt on No. 9. As an aside, Steve chipped in on No. 9 from about 70 yards for a birdie. But they say that doesn't count as a putt. Too bad, Steve.

The "official" last Tuesday Morning Ladies is next week. Following the round of golf there will be a potluck, games, prizes and awards. The past two weeks the ladies have seen a lot of action. Coming off a spectacular round in the Peninsula Amateur, Kathy Herring continued to play marvelous golf, taking home the low gross and low-net honors on Aug. 11. Jane Tongen teamed up with Kathy to take the two-person, low-gross team prize. Rumor has it that Jane's putter was on fire and she only had 12 putts for the round. That's the good news. For Jane the bad news was it didn't garner any money. Elaine Anderson had things working well, capturing the KP on hole No. 6 along with a nice chip-in to capture a bit of change. The ladies also engaged in the favorite game of bingo, bango, bongo which Carol Hussey successfully won.

Jane Tongen put everything together this past Tuesday and had top honors for low-net team, tied for low-individual net score, low-gross score and had the fewest putts. Joining Jane for low-net team score was Louise Schadle, while Cheryl Hammarstrom tied Jane for low-individual score. Tanna Chenault, this year's winner of the women's Peninsula Amateur and the Senior Peninsula Amateur, put her ball close to the hole on No. 8.

Tuesday Night Couples continues to be popular with a new twist each week. On Aug. 11, the 14 teams played a "Blind Bogey" where everyone played their own game. At the conclusion of play, three holes were randomly selected to be thrown out. The remaining six holes (12 holes per couple) were added together to make the final team score. Carol and Vic Hussey played the six chosen holes admirably well, outscoring the second-place team of Susan and Darell Jelsma by three strokes. Pat and Myrna Cowan brought in third place with Nan and Alan Weaver taking fourth. The holes that got thrown out were hole Nos. 6, 2 and 1. An interesting point about the "Blind Bogey" is this is the only week where winners weren't determined by a card-off.

This Tuesday Night was "Best Net Ball," with everyone teeing off from the gold tees. Everyone played their own game and then used the best net score for each hole for the team score. Sally and Del Hoaglund complimented each other well and took home the top prize. Card-offs had to determine the remaining winners, with Sally and Steve Tachick taking second, Jane and John Tongen third and Lore and Charlie Weimer fourth. First National Bank of Alaska donated a sleeve of balls to Dan Murphy, who put his tee shot close on No. 8.

The Ladies Birch Ridge Match Cup Play is coming to a close. Four teams have finished all of their matches and within a week all of the teams should be complete. Tied for first are the teams of Kathy Herring/Rita Geller and Tanna Chenault/Nan Weaver.

Kathy and Rita still have a match to play so they could end up this year's overall winners.

You might recall that Kathy and Tanna were involved in a playoff a few weeks ago to determine the winner of the Women's Peninsula Amateur.

The Men's Birch Ridge Match Cup are into the playoffs.

Representing the Red Division are Steve Horn/Dave Keating, Gary Dawkins/Al Brunner, Tom Hodel/Mark Hutton and Tim Bowser/Mark Edwards. Representing the Blue Division are Roy Bird/Scott Sundberg, Darell Jelsma/Mike Hollingsworth, Pat Cowan/Tim Cowan and Dan Green/Jay Kriner. Matches are being played with the final two teams teeing off on Monday at 6 p.m. The Birch Ridge Cup final "Hoorah" will have the winners from the Red and Blue Divisions squaring off, along with a scramble for the other match cup players.

Weekly Events (please check in at least 15 minutes prior to the time shown below):

* Monday's at 9 a.m. -- Senior League

* Tuesday's at 10 a.m. -- Tuesday Morning Ladies League

* Tuesday's at 6 p.m. -- Couple's Night

* Wednesday at 6 p.m. -- Boy's Night

* Thursday's at 6 p.m. -- Ladies Night

Upcoming Events:

* Saturday -- Bassackwards Tournament (check in at 4 p.m., shotgun start at 5 p.m.)

* Sept. 13 -- Second Annual Bird Homestead & Birch Ridge Golf Course Combined Tournament

* Sept. 27 -- Cold Weather Classic - Couples Scotch Twosome

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