Kenai Golf Report

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Don't forget this week will be Big Thursday.

Amateur Skins Play Day

There will be a friendly skins game for all interested golfers Friday with tee times starting at 1:10 p.m. to whatever tee times are needed. The fee is $25 and each golfer takes care of his or her own greens fees. Sign up as soon as possible so tee times can be secured.

Don Morgan Memorial KGA Tournament

On Saturday and Sunday the annual KGA Don Morgan Memorial Fall Classic will take place. Sign up in the clubhouse as soon as possible. Players must be KGA members as of Aug. 22 with an established handicap. Applications may be printed on and taken to the clubhouse.

The format for the Don Morgan Tournament will be 36 holes of handicap stroke play. There will be gross and net flights for men and ladies. Food on Saturday will be provided by the Morgan family and the awards feast will take place on Sunday in the Pavilion. The Morgan family invites premium season pass holders to play honoring the premium pass.

Mixed Doubles

This week Dave Ramsey and Shelley Ramsey took the awards for the fewest putts and the "Mystery Hole." Mixed doubles starts at 6:10 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. each Monday evening. Call in your tee time to get on the tee sheet. All mixed doubles teams are welcome to join the relaxed, just-for-fun event.

This past week the team of Charlie Waguespack and Brandi Bussey took the "Mystery Hole" and Kevin and Nancy Meyers took the putting award.

Kenai Cup

After 11 weeks of competitive matches the 2004 Kenai Cup season came to a close last Wednesday. For the most part teams were given two points for each win and one point for each tie in season play.

The winner in the Don Morgan Division was the Gordon Griffin-Doug Haralson team with 18 points and second-place finisher was the Felix Martinez-Pam Martinez team with 17 points.

The winner in the Butch Anderson Division was the Jack Evans-Bruce Galloway team with 16 points and the second-place finisher was the Eldon Harvey-Ryan Harvey team with 15 points.

The winner in the Aces Division was the Dave Ramsey-Ed Marsh team with 15 points and the second-place finisher was the Chris Sonnichsen-Tom Bennett team with 11 points.

The winner in the 19th Hole Division was the Dan Cabrera-Jeff Johns team with 14 points and the second place finisher was the Doug Jung-Dustin Jung team with 14 points.

The playoff matches get under way on Wednesday with the first two teams from each division battling it out in the quarterfinals. The semifinal matches will get under way on Sept. 1.

Men's Night

On Aug. 12, there was a tie for first place in a single scramble format for the men. The winners were Dana Bassel and Cal Larsen. A single scramble allows golfers to play two balls and pick the best to continue from tee through the green.

The slugger of the week with the longest drive was Cal Larsen. This reporter is quite sure Cal has had the longest drive of the week more times than any other golfer since yours truly started writing this article.

Closest to the pin was John Davis on No. 5. John has certainly had his lion's share of closest to the pin awards while playing in the weekly Men's Night event.

On Aug. 19, the Men's Night first-place team was Jerry Norris and Louie Rosano with 37. The second-place team with 39 included Tim Taylor and Ron Stafford. Tim Taylor had the closest to the pin award.

KGA Junior Tournament

The annual KGA Junior Golf Tournament took place on Aug. 13. All juniors 8 to 17 years of age are always invited to participate in the tourney.

The winner in the 8-year-old division was Isaak Mese. The winner in the 10- and 11-year-old division was Sam Winters, second place was Cameron Grothe and third place was Zack Mese. The winner in the 13-year-old division was Justin Herrmann, second place was Trucky LaMay and third place was Anne Mese. The winner in the 14-year-old division was Daniel Gustkey.

Congratulations to all the juniors who participated in the tournament! You are all winners to have gotten out on the fairway and played.

Thanks to Dana Bassel, who chaired the annual tournament. Also, thanks to Tom Allison and Noel Widmayer for the help during the tournament.

A Birdie Told Me

What about Cliff Baker making a 30-plus foot putt with loads of break while playing the other day? Great job to sink a 30-foot putt! However, he sunk the putt using a puffball mushroom he had found beside the green. Unfortunately for Cliff, he missed the six-foot putt he really wanted to sink. Every day there are surprises to experience out on the golf course!

What about that Seiko watch a visitor recently lost at KGC? It was found the following day and turned in to the KGC desk. The watch was sent to Arizona to the happy owner, who relayed, in a choked voice, it had been a very special gift and she was thrilled to have it back.

Over the years, golfers at Kenai Golf Course have found and turned in to the desk all sorts of items inadvertently left on the fairway, in the carts, or in the rough. Imagine losing a wedding ring or earring out on the course and a golfer somehow finds it while playing. Thanks to all the golfers who find and turn such items in to the pro shop.

One of this reporter's favorite lost and found stories was the golfer who, while searching for his lost ball in the woods, heard a lost cell phone ring. The phone owner had lost it in the rough three weeks earlier. Later someone happened to call the lost cell phone while a golfer was searching for his ball and instead found the cell phone. What are the chances of something like that happening?

Closing Thoughts

August arrived and is almost gone! Our long, wonderful days are numbered. Yours truly will take advantage of the great weather and play as much as possible while the leaves are still where we prefer them to be. The weather is perfect for golfing!

Check out the recent photos of various tournaments held at KGC at

See you on the fairways.

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