Birch Ridge Report: Seniors escape showers

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002

Fourteen seniors arrived at the course for Senior League in time to beat the rain, which worked out great. The usual games were played with Don McGhee carding a 33 to capture first place in the low net contest and Chiya Bazan only three strokes behind him for second place.

On the greens on Nos. 6 and 8, the two par-3 holes, Dave Stein took the money on No. 6, while Chiya cashed in on No. 8. This week the longest putt was on hole No. 9 with Gordon Briscoe sinking a 4-footer for the win.

Next Monday we will be playing our last official game of the year with a pizza party to send everyone off to parts of the US of A for the winter.

We have had a good season this year and look forward to next year with some new and challenging games, and hopefully more participants than we have been having. However, we will continue to play on Monday mornings this year until the snow flies. Tee time will remain at 9 a.m.

See you all next Monday for some good golf, food and socializing at the course.

Men's Birch Ridge Cup

The semifinals of the year are set with Dave and George Stein playing Al Detmer and Ray Hamby, and Pat and Zach Cowan taking on Mo Redford and Gene Friendshuh. The finals will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. We also will have a fun night for all the teams using the format of three holes of Scotch twosome, three holes of scramble and three holes of best ball. Refreshments will be available, awards will be handed out and a champion will be crowned.

Men's Night

Twenty-five men showed up and seven went home happy. The winning team shot 5-under using the shots of Mo Redford, Ray Hamby, George Stein and Bob Sizemore. Bob also boomed the longest drive and Paul Zimmerman was hot on the par-3s, sticking it close both times.

The Pros

Tom Walsh competed in Fairbanks last weekend in the Hall of Fame Pro-AM. Tom finished fifth overall with a score of 1-under 143. Billy Bomar fired rounds of 76 and 64 (which was a new course record) at Chena Bend to finish fourth. Bryon Anderson won with a score of 138. Twenty pros from around the state competed in cold, rainy conditions played at North Star Golf Course and Chena Bend Golf Course.

The next Pro-Am is this Saturday at Anchorage Golf Course for the Pro-Jr tournament and then on Monday the Pro-Ladies tourney will take place at Eagleglen. A big thanks to our pro Tom Walsh for his commitment to represent us around the state.

Upcoming Events

It's that time of the year again. Are you ready for a fun tournament full of laughs and good times with all your golfing friends? The Birch Ridge Golf Association Bassackwards Tournament will be held Saturday at the golf course. Further details will be provided next week. Interested golfers are encouraged to contact the pro shop at 262-5270.

The 2002 two-day, two-course golf tournament for members of the Birch Ridge Golf Association and the Kenai Golf Association will take place on Sept. 7 and 8. Each golfer will play 18 holes at each course and golfers will be flighted by handicaps. An awards banquet will be held at Kenai Golf Course following play on Sept. 8. Please contact either golf course to register.

Today is the first day of school and a sign that the golf season is winding down. The course is still in great shape and there is still opportunity to play golf before winter. Get out and enjoy it now!

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