Kenai Golf Report

Rain has been cooperative with golfers so far

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Hello, golfers. I really thought the rain was going to pour since the Kenai Peninsula State Fair was this weekend. While it may have sprinkled a time or two, the weather really cooperated. We had a great time, as always, and enjoyed all the sights. My better half wants to take grandson Levi to Vegas as he was 2-for-2 on the racing pigs Greased Lightening was his pick and both times the porker paid! Makenna only had eyes for our friend, Jan Feller, and her sweet brown horse, Dan. Jan took some time out of her busy schedule to show a horse crazy little girl a few things about the realities of getting a horse ready to ride and then with a "Your chariot awaits my lady" proceeded to lead her around and around and around the practice area. Thanks, again, Jan, you can only imagine the dreams that were sparkling behind her eyes.

A Birdie Told Me

Eldon Harvey had an eagle on No. 8 and a round of 37 on the front nine. That was a fantastic score and a great shot.

I have been asked to recognize the efforts of Cliff Baker for getting the Rotary Tournament off the ground. I also need to recognize the efforts of Eddie Silbolboro, Pedro McCall, Keith Stuart, Jim Bradford and Bill Kimball for volunteering to help plug and sand the greens. Way to go guys!

General Manager's Report

The front nine greens have recovered from the plugging and sanding process that occurs each year around this time. In addition, the greens were limed and overseeded. The back nine greens will undergo this process starting this week. I would like to thank the entire crew for a job well done. The plugs will be used to complete the process around No. 15 green. That area has seen major improvements this year.

Brent Mello, night watering crew, will be leaving us soon to attend college. Thank you, Brent, for all your hard work. You have done an outstanding job for us this year. Adam Miller, cart and range attendant, also will be leaving soon for college. Thank you, Adam, for a job well done. We will miss you both and hope you return next year. Good luck with your studies!

The Donnie Morgan Memorial will kick off this coming weekend. If you would like to play, give us a call at 283-7500. If you are not able to play, just drop by and say hello to Dick, Shirley and Carol Morgan. The annual Kenai-Soldotna dual tournament will be held on Sept. 8 and 9. We look forward to these two events and sincerely hope you enjoy them.

As I discussed last week, major improvements will take place around the green on No. 17 next year. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

The new flagsticks and flags will arrive soon. We are going to go back to using the solid colored flags. You will also notice new driving range markers that are already in use.

We hope everyone had a good fishing season. As always, see you on the course. - by Gordon Griffin

The last regular season Kenai Cup matches were played on Aug. 15, and the playoffs start on Aug. 22 and continue on Aug. 29. The championship match is scheduled to be played on Sept. 5. The team of Eldon and Ryan Harvey easily defeated the team of Cliff Baker and Rachelle Brehm. Right and Wrong (Richard Martin-Joe Deveaux) also won their match over The Why No's (Jack Focose-Gene Diamond), as did the OFG team (Chris Sonnichsen-Tom Bennett) over their opponents, the Two Hackers (Bill Davis-Barry Jackman). The Eagles (Noel Widmayer-Tom Allison) had a narrow victory over The Toads (Todd Eskelin-Dana Bassel) while the Two Duffers (Jack Evans-Bruce Galloway) defeated the G-Men (Jerry Norris-Gary Katsion). The team of Greg Anderson and Pat Bowen defeated the team of R&R (Rich Edwards-Randy Kornfield) while the team of Cliff Vaught and Max Pate bowed to pressure from the Mulligans (Tom Reese-Greg Duggin).

Season standings in the Butch Anderson Division now show the team of Pat Bowen and Greg Anderson in first followed by the teams of R&R (Rich Edwards-Randy Kornfield) and the Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) tied for second with The Toads (Todd Eskelin/Dana Bassel) in third.

In the Donny Morgan Division, the team of Right and Wrong (Richard Martin-Joe Deveaux) has moved into first place, with the team of Eldon and Ryan Harvey following closely in second and the team of Cliff Vaught and Max Pate in third.

On Ladies Day, or Thursday, Judy Salo won low gross, Denise Cox had closest to the pin, Derry Cowan had the fewest putts and Trena Richardson won the mystery hole. Thanks again to Pauline Goecke for providing the yummy cake for the ladies refreshments. There are only a few weeks left, ladies, come on out and join the fun and have a piece of cake while you are at it.

The first place team on Men's Night came in at minus-5 and proud of their score were team members Jim Webb, Bob Sizemore, Adam Ewert and Ron Stafford. Jim Webb was closest to the pin on No. 5, Jack Evans was closest to the pin on No. 9, and Dana Bassel was the slugger who took long drive honors.

If you are waiting for the rain to quit sprinkling or the sun to start shining, better quit wasting your time. August is already better than half over and just take a look at the fireweed. It is almost bloomed out and the season is definitely starting to wind down. Don't waste any more time dress a little warmer, don't forget your gloves and rain gear and get out there and get golfing. Don't forget to mark your calendars for Patriot Golf Day on Sept. 1 and I will definitely see you on the course!

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