Golf Report: Bird Homestead Golf Course cruises into autumn

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010

Bird Homestead Golf Course is still going strong. The fairways, greens and tee boxes look wonderful. The rain, as much as we didn't want it, sure greened everything up. The course looks the best it has ever looked. We have had a lot of great compliments on the shape of the course. We owe that to Larry Hamilton and his grounds crew. They have spent a lot of hours working to make it so beautiful. If you haven't been out yet this summer you are missing a great round of golf.

We had a great group of Homer Electric employees here on Saturday playing an 18-hole scramble. They ended up with seven full teams and a full day of fun. The day ended with Mark Orth, Connie Orth, Pat Bird and Spencer Tachick beating out Scott Sundberg, Jessica Sundberg, Roy Bird and Tommy Sigurdsson with a playoff of two holes. What an exciting way to end the day.

Roy Bird landed closest to the pin on the sixth hole at 13 feet, 7.5 inches, and Tommy Sigurdsson landed 5 feet, 9.5 inches, away from the pin on the eighth hole. Roy Bird took long drive for the men and Kathy took long drive for the women. Closest to the line on the third hole went to Kate Graber for the women and Tommy Sigurdsson for the men.

Men's night had 19 men playing for all kinds of fun and money. Jeff Gillman was the long-drive champion of the night and Steve Skolnick landed closest to the pin on the eighth hole. The sixth hole is still carrying and worth some bucks. The champions of the night had a great round, shooting 6 under par. Nice job to Terry Johnson, Greg Harrington, Jeff Gillman and Paul Zimmerman. The guys have decided that there will be about one more week of 6:30 start time. Then they will probably have to change it to 6 p.m. due to the daylight.

We had six people show for the Senior's Plus on Wednesday morning. What a beautiful morning for golf. Amanda Bird and Steve Ellis took first and Pat Bird and Dottie Hackett took second. Marilyn Eskelin had the longest putt of the day and the pots will carry for closest to the pin on the sixth and eighth holes.

Don't forget that this Sunday is the Bird Birthday Tournament sponsored by the Bird Homestead Golf Association. This is a nine-hole fun day starting at 2 p.m. There will be a potluck of food to follow. Entry forms are available at the clubhouse.

Bird Homestead Golf Course's next big event is the Annual Fall Classic. This has been a very successful tournament in the past and we look forward to another great year. The Fall Classic is on Aug. 28 with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. This is an 18-hole scramble format with four-person teams. You can build your own team or we can help find one for you. Entries and golf carts are limited so be sure to get yours in now and reserve your cart if you need one.

We also have entry forms for the Bird/Birch Tournament on Sept. 12. This is a great way to show your loyalty to your golf course. Nine holes will be played at Bird Homestead in the morning, then grab your lunch and head off to Birch Ridge for the other nine holes. Birch Ridge will be providing a barbecue dinner after the game. This is a four-person team tournament. At each course three holes are played as a "Shamble," three holes as a "Waltz" and three holes as a "Scramble." Bird Homestead Golf Course currently holds the trophy and we plan to keep it that way. All in fun, you know.

Glowball has been set for Sept. 18. This has been a sold-out tournament for the last couple years. This is a nine-hole, play-in-the-dark tournament. I have personally golfed it each year and cannot express how much fun it is trying to hit a golf ball in the dark. This is played as a Scotch Double format with teams of two. Entry forms are available at the clubhouse. Sorry, there are no golf carts for this tournament. There is a chili feed during the registration and a whole lot of laughs all night long. Be sure to get your paid entry in soon.

We still have another good month of golf left so come on out and see us a Mile 11.8 Funny River Road. We have several specials going on during the day and as always Thursday is two for one.



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