Birch Ridge Report: And the winner is ...

Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2005

Thirty-six of your friends showed up for the Bassackward Tournament this last week and had, as usual, a super time. Too bad you missed it (and you know who you are!)

Just to rub it in a little, here are the stats: Chip-offs were delightfully performed to determine winners for first, second, and third place. Tom Walsh, Judy Keck-Walsh, Dave Keating and Tanya Boedecker beat all other chippers for first place. Second place went to Mike Andrus, Steve Hammarstrom, Dee Richards and — are you ready for this — JUNE STUCKEY (actually, all I really did was follow everybody else around with my clubs and swat a few balls, but hey, a win is a win)!

Chipping and winning third place was Lisa Parker, Mike Azzara, Gary Davis and Katy Coyle. Closest-to winner on hole 4 (which — pay attention — actually was hitting from hole 6 going backward to the green on hole 5) was Mike Andrus. This tournament is the pride and joy of the Birch Ridge Golf Association; monies made go toward the very successful Junior Golf Program. See you next year?

Those seniors just don't give up. Steve Hammarstrom won for low net score this week right after he beat all others with long putt. Closest-to winners were Pat McElroy for hole 6, and Jo Briscoe for hole 8.

If you haven't done so yet, sign up for the two-day, two-course golf tournament slated for next weekend, Sept 3 and 4. The combined Kenai Golf Course and Birch Ridge Golf Course Tournament is a sell-out every year. Each participant will play 18 holes at Birch Ridge and 18 holes at Kenai. Tee times will start at 10 a.m. at both courses on Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. at Kenai only on Sunday, and 10 a.m. at Birch Ridge. The awards banquet will be at Birch Ridge this year after Sunday's game. This event is flighted by USGA Handicap Index for both Men's and Ladies' Divisions. Your tee times will be posted Sept. 2 and 3 at both courses by 6 p.m., so your registration form and fees ($85) must be turned in by noon on Sept. 2. Get your forms at either pro shop. You can't beat the camaraderie and the festivities of this event, I guarantee it.

The Cold Weather Classic is slated for Sept. 24 here at Birch Ridge. (We really need to change that to Warm Weather Classic, don't you agree?) More on that later.

Well, I'm outa' here — see you on the front nine!

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