For five golf seasons I have written this golf report and have never had a problem with words. However, this weekly report has me fumbling from the start. What do I say? How do I express my feelings? What can any of us do or say to help in a time like this?
The news of Donnie Morgan's passing was a complete shock to us all. It seems most of us take life for granted until something like this happens and then we really pause to think about it. For many it is an abrupt reminder of exactly how precious life really is. Also, of how incredibly fragile life can be. We don't stop to think very often how in a heartbeat life can change so drastically.
Our hearts go out to the Morgan family. Please know if in sharing your pain we can divide it among us to lessen your burden, consider it done. Donnie will be greatly missed, and we loved him too.
The Kenai Golf Course will be closing at noon Friday in honor of Donnie Morgan.
The Morgan family extends an invitation to celebrate Donnie's life starting at 2 p.m. at the Kenai Golf Course. It will be a "Celebration of Life" get-together with family and friends.
Those interested are welcome to bring a dish and share in the potluck. The celebration will last well into the evening for those getting off work later in the afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a contribution in Donnie's name to the Kenai Fire Department.
The Monday night coed golf "mystery hole" was No. 7 and the Eddie and Teresa Sibolboro team had the lowest combined score for that hole to take the award. The team of Dave and Shelley Ramsey took the fewest combined putts for the nine holes.
The team of Roger and Lynn Jones, the Jerry and Susan May team, the James and Jennifer Dye team and the Lee and Phyllis Hallstead team all challenged the winners of the week.
Don't forget to call your tee time in for Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All teams with a gal and a guy are invited to play each Monday. Also any guy who actually shows up in a wig will definitely be allowed to play in the coed event but must play wearing the wig. Rumor this week is we may have a player next week with a wig.
It was a great Tuesday evening for the ladies. The temperature was perfect. Two teams had a chip-off to settle the placing. The team that carded 42 to take first included Lynne Reynolds, Kathy Heus and Colleen Puch.
The team also with 42 that settled for second place in the chip-off included Pam Martinez, Nora Satathite and Alicia Morgan.
Closest to the pin on No. 9 was Pam Martinez with her second shot. Closest to No. 5 was Kathy Heus with 30 inches.
The Kenai Cup winners on the front nine were the Mike Beals-Tom Hall team, the Rich Edwards-Noel Widmayer team, the Jerry Norris-Richard Martin team, the Butch Anderson-Billy Applewhite team and the Jack Evans-Bruce Galloway team.
The winners of the Kenai Cup matches on the back nine were the Dwight Kramer-Doug Haralson team, the Tom Allison-Mark Azzara team, the Eldon Harvey-Ryan Harvey team and the Don Morgan-Dale Sandahl team.
This week will conclude the 12 weeks of play and the playoff round will begin next week.
Three-man teams headed out to the tees at 6:30 p.m. Two teams carded 1-under-par. The guys decided to have a playoff on the first hole for the "pot of gold." The winning team included Roy Bird, Steve Tachick and Cal Larson. The team got a birdie on No. 1 to take first.
The slugger of the week was Shane Ferreira. (I just found out his grandfather lived in my hometown of Honokaa, Hawaii.)
Closest to No. 9 was Pizza Boy Rob Smithwick with 30 feet. Closest to No. 5 was Shane Ferreira with 22 feet, 1 inch. Walt Kreiger had a "pure birdie" on No. 4.
Beat the Pro Skills Challenge
Recently, a beat the pro skills challenge was enjoyed. The junior program enjoyed the proceeds from the event.
There were only two challengers who beat Pro Bill Engberg in four out of the seven skills to double their money. The first challenger to beat the pro in four skills was Doug Haralson. Doug beat Pro Bill in the sand shot, putting, short iron shot and the mid iron shot. Doug donated his earnings back to the junior program.
The second challenger to beat the pro in four skills was Butch Anderson. Butch beat Pro Bill in the sand shot, chipping, short iron shot and putting. Butch also donated his earnings back to the junior program.
Mark Azzara beat Pro Bill in the mid iron shot and the putting. Billy Applewhite beat Pro Bill in the putting. All the challengers received certificates suitable for framing stating the skills they beat Pro Bill Engberg in.
During the beat the pro skills challenge, Bob Favretto and Kenai Chrysler Center made a generous donation of $500 to the Kenai junior golf program and the Kenai greens mower fund. Bob also indicated a willingness to sponsor monthly "beat the pro" events in 2002.
Thank you, Bill, for letting those guys have a crack at you for a good cause!
KGA Golf Tourney
The annual Kenai Golf Association stroke-play, two-day tournament will be on Sept. 1 and 2. The tournament is open to all KGA members.
At times we all find ourselves fretting over things in our daily lives. Hearing about a loved one, family member or the passing of a friend makes the fretting seem so insignificant. Hopefully, we will realize how unimportant the daily fretting over small things really is. Yours truly is going to remember that if whatever I encounter daily is not life-threatening, it is not really worth fretting over.
Stay healthy and happy for nothing else really matters.
See you at the Kenai Golf Course.
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