Kenai Golf Course: Greens get plugged, sanded

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002

The greens recently were plugged and sanded. Each year about the same time this happens to the greens. It is a very important part of green maintenance. What would the greens be like without such attention?

Yes the sand is somewhat of an inconvenience at this time, but it is crucial to the greens. The greens have made an incredible comeback this season. The watering and the rain are working the sand down.

Mixed Doubles

The rain squelched the playing of most teams in the weekly mixed doubles event. However, a couple of hardy teams showed up and enjoyed their time on the course.

The format was twisted a little to accommodate a visiting team. However, the competition was as tough as ever.

Winning a sleeve of balls for their effort in having the most one-putts was the team of Cliff Smith and Kris Schams. The Joe Riddle team took a sleeve of balls for the lowest score on No. 5, which was the mystery hole. The terry Linebarger team took another sleeve of balls for the total putts on nine holes minus the strokes take on No. 8.

You see that this weekly Monday evening event is strictly for fun and only after entering the clubhouse will golfers know how the winners will be selected. Each golfer plays his or her ball from tee to green.

Kenai Cup

Playoffs in the Kenai Cup match play competition have started, and the winning teams move up while the losing teams are history. It seems a little harsh to be leading all season and then have one off night or play one hot team and then have to pack your bags after losing one nine-hole match. However, that is the format of the Kenai Cup playoffs.

The teams winning the first week of competition and advancing are: Billy Coghill and Jeff Sinz; Jim Legner and Craig Jung; Tom Allison and Mark Azzara; and Dwight Kramer and Doug Haralson.

Congratulations to all the division winners and those teams remaining in the playoffs!

Men's night

The men went out in three-man teams, which makes scoring more difficult than with the usual four-man teams. The starting time will continue to be 6:30 p.m. since three-man teams play faster. The days are getting shorter, as if most haven't already noticed.

The winners with a 3-under were Loren Smagge, John Davis and Richard Martin. The second-place team with a 1-under included Terry James, Bob Tepp and Larry Grant.

Closest to No. 5 was Todd Eskelin with 8 feet, 4 inches. It was thought that Bob Tepp had it in the bag with his great shot of 8 feet, 6 inches, but Todd showed up and stuck it two inches closer. Goes to show us once again that nothing is really over until it is completely over.

Closest to No. 9 was Clayton Dolan. Slugger of the week was John Davis on No. 8. Jeff Johns got the only pure birdie of the week on No. 3.

Junior Golf Tournament

Many juniors showed up to play in the Kenai Golf Association's junior tournament Tuesday. The KGA is happy with the junior participation this season and hopes it increases. Results will appear in the next Kenai Golf Report.

Morgan Memorial Tournament

Get signed up for the Fall Classic to take place Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Sign-up forms went out in the mail and are in the clubhouse. Don't forget, golfers must have an established current handicap no later than Friday and must be Kenai Golf Association members to play in the tournament.

Kenai-Soldotna Dual Tournament

All Kenai Golf Association Members and Birch Ridge Golf Association members are invited to play in the annual two-day, two-course tourney. Golfers may look forward to warm, dry weather, many pars and birdies, great food, fun and laughter and good competition between fellow golfers. All are on order and expected to arrive on time.

Applications went out in the mail and are at the clubhouses in both Kenai and Soldotna.

Closing Thoughts

Yours truly hurried down to Ninilchik to take in the last couple hours of the Ninilchik State Fair this past Sunday. It is always so enjoyable and has grown each year. There is always something for everyone to enjoy.

Thought about the small town fair and how fortunate we are to enjoy such things right on the peninsula. Took in part of the rodeo, checked out the animals, produce and crafts displays, ate some corn on the cob and listened to some live entertainment.

They even had miniature golf to enjoy.

See you on the back nine.

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