Golf Report: Golfers more than ready to soak up long-awaited sunshine

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010

Summer has finally arrived at Bird Homestead Golf Course. We have had such beautiful weather and everyone that is anyone has been taking advantage of it. The golf course has been pleasantly busy with avid and new golfers. We love to see new faces out Funny River.

The Bird Homestead Golf Association held the annual Bird Birthday Party Tournament on Sunday with a great turnout. We had 10 three-person teams playing a nine-hole scramble and a great selection of food afterward. The first-place team consisted of Rhonda Dettmer, Roy Bird and Jeff Adamec shooting 4 under par.

We had an exciting chip-off for second place with Amanda Bird, Steve Ellis and Jeff Gillman taking it at 1 under par. Greg Harrington, Marilyn Eskelin and a blind came in third, also shooting 1 under. Jeff Gillman took long drive for the men and Jackie Risch for the ladies. The lucky winners for closest to the pin on the sixth hole was Judi Artman and on the eighth hole was Greg Harrington.

Jeff Gillman was the main chef for the day and he made an excellent roast to feed everyone. The Birds would like to thank everyone who participated and celebrated their birthdays with them.

We did have five ladies show for Monday night and we all just played our own game. Jackie Risch was the lucky money winner -- landing closest to on the sixth hole, which had been carrying for several weeks, and closest to on the eighth hole. Nice shooting, Jackie. Faith Link took first place at the long drive, with Dotty Hackett taking second.

The men are still going strong. We had 19 of them for Men's Night on Tuesday, making five four-person teams with one blind. Rick Kennedy had a pure eagle on the second hole and Greg Harrington was closest to on the sixth hole. Roy Bird had the long drive of the night and the first-place team consisted of Greg Harrington, Dennis, Justin Bird and Rick Kennedy shooting 4 under par.

Wednesday was Senior's Plus day with seven golfers showing in the beautiful sunshine to play golf. Pat Bird and Larry Taylor took first, shooting 1 over par, and Larry also had the longest putt of the day. The pots on the sixth and eighth holes will carry for another week. Everyone is welcome to come and join these folks on Wednesdays, so come and give it a try.

This Saturday is the Fall Classic, with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Entries are filling quickly so be sure to get yours in. The format will be a four-person team shooting a scramble. Prizes will be given for long drive, closest to and many door prizes donated by local vendors. The first-place team will receive cash and a beautiful dinner for eight at the Alaska Legends Lodge on Funny River. If you would like to golf and don't have a team call the clubhouse and we will help find a team for you. Be sure to reserve your carts as they are going fast.

The upcoming events for Bird Homestead Golf Course are the Bird/Birch Tournament on Sept. 12 and of course the famous Glowball Tournament on Sept. 18. Entry forms for both are available at the clubhouse.

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