Kenai Golf Report ... But there's still lots of time for golf

Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2003

Who turned the switch? What a dry, warm season we have had! All of the sudden we had that incredible rain and then the temperature took a dive. Here it is feeling like fall and we were not braced for it just yet. There is still so much golf to be played before the geese fly south. Grab your clubs and head to the Kenai Golf Course for some great fall golf.

As hard as your truly tried not to miss a deadline, it happened this week. No one would believe why it happened, so I won't elaborate. Thanks for the positive comments about the Kenai Golf Report. They keep me writing!

There are two upcoming tournaments Kenai Golf Association members look forward to each year. There is still time to hone your game for these tournaments. Mark your calendars for Aug. 30 and 31 when the Don Morgan Memorial Fall Classic two-day tournament takes place. Applications are at the clubhouse. Flights for men and women will be flighted according to USGA handicap. All players must be members of the Kenai Golf Association.

The Kenai/Birch Ridge golf associations will have their annual two-day tournament on Sept. 6 and 7. Flights will be determined according to handicaps and players must be members of either the Kenai or Birch Ridge associations to participate. Play 18 holes at Kenai Golf Course and another 18 at Birch Ridge.

Mixed Doubles

The mixed doubles teams were out and eager to play. Cliff and Kris Smith, Buzz and Patty Rome, Todd and Kristin Walker, and James and Jennifer Dye headed to the No. 1 tee at 6:20 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The Rome team took the fewest putts on Nos. 4 and 5. The Romes also took the "mystery hole." The Dye team had the fewest combined putts for nine holes.

All skill levels are welcome to play and this coming week all players are asked to be at the course by 6:15 p.m. to draw for teams. The teams are looking forward to playing and measures will be taken to have play completed in about 2 1-2 hours. Teams may play the back nine also, so the teams get into the clubhouse around the same time.

For some no pressure, just for fun golf, consider the mixed doubles event each Monday evening.

Ladies' Night

Ladies' Night will continue as other weekly events as long as the weather holds out. The ladies meet each other Tuesday at 6 p.m. All skill levels are invited and any lady planning on playing should call up another gal and remind her it's Ladies' Night.

Kenai Cup

Wednesday, the team of Billy Applewhite and Bill Burtram played Lyle and Rick Winter fir the 2003 Kenai Cup championship. The match decided who gets to wear the Kenai Cup championship jackets that are awarded to the winning team each season.

Extra holes were needed to decide this year's champions as the team of Lyle Winter and Rick Winter prevailed after a three-hole playoff.

Tom Reese and Greg Duggin played Eldon Harvey and Ryan Harvey for third and fourth place. The team of Harvey and Harvey outplayed Reese and Duggin to take third place.

This season, teams played well and matches were close. Many matches were decided on the last hole.

Congratulations to the 2003 Kenai Cup champions.

Men's Night

This past week Men's Night was rained out. It was one of the very few times the men did not show up to play. Yours truly remembers the rainy evenings when Jerry Norris, Cal Larson, Dan Cabrera and Todd Eskelin showed up and played in the pouring rain and they were all soaked to the gills.

I also remember when Dana Bassel was the only guy to show up on a very rainy Thursday.

Men's Night will continue as long as the weather permits. Men's Night starts at 6 p.m. each Thursday.

A Birdie Told Me

I recently heard Scott Kempf carded his best nine-hole score at Kenai Golf Course while Playing with Lorne Flagg. I also heard Carla Stuart carded her best nine-hole score recently. It is so exciting and such a confidence builder for golfers to card a best score.

This summer, with the longest playing season ever, many best scores have been carded.

That birdie told me to get out and spend some time in my canoe. It also told me to check on the berries in my favorite spot, and the silvers are in and need to be caught. The summer is flying by, as it usually does.

Closing Thoughts

The Ninilchik Fair is one of my favorite events to take in. I can't believe I missed it completely this season. I got so involved in getting my golf game back after a brief layoff, I played golf while the fair was going on.

The clubhouse deck planters are in full bloom and they are beautiful. I took pictures of a cute little squirrel on its hind legs enjoying the flowers. As Carol was busy with her paperwork, that "much too friendly" squirrel was busy nibbling away at her flowers.

My windows need to be cleaned, the garden needs attention, but tomorrow's tee time is at 10 a.m. sharp and yours truly will be there.

See you on the fairway!

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