Kenai Golf Report: Morgan Memorial Fall Classic golf tournament fast approaching

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2002

The Morgan Memorial Fall Classic will be held Saturday and Sunday. All Kenai Golf Association Members are eligible to play in the 36-hole handicapped stroke-play tournament. There will be flights for men and women with an overall low gross (scratch) champion from any flight for both divisions.

Season premium pass holders will have their passes honored for the two-day event. Tournament entry deadline is noon Aug. 30. The Kenai Golf Course will provide food Saturday. On Sunday, the entry fee covers the food prepared by The Hole-N-One at Kenai Golf Course.

Mixed Doubles

Monday, Carol Morgan, Pam Martinez and yours truly, along with Kenai Golf Course pro Bill Engberg, drove to Anchorage to play in the Pro Ladies' shamble at Eagleglen. Kathy Hodges drove down from Fairbanks to join us in the four-gal, one-pro, 18-hole event.

The small-town gals took a while to settle down and play golf. The huge trees along the fairways and the holes meandering over and around Ship Creek are very scenic.

Yours truly remembers those jets breaking the silence overhead when my favorite horse and I would camp at the stable and arena area and participate in the horse shows on base. Elmendorf Horse Shows, for years, were my favorite horse shows to attend once Hoku, my "once in a lifetime horse," got used to those noisy, proud, soaring jets.

It was wonderful getting back to the peninsula and especially to the Kenai Golf Course. After finally playing Eagleglen, yours truly is convinced more than ever how lucky we really are to have such a great course right here in Kenai.

Kenai Cup

The field in the Kenai Cup match-play event is narrowing down in the playoffs. Advancing into the final match was the team of Tom Allison and Mark Azzara. The duo advanced by beating the team of Craig Jung and Jim Legner. Also advancing into the final match was the team of Billy Coghill and Jeff Sinz, winners over Dwight Kramer and Doug Haralson.

Today, the final two matches will take place. The Allison-Azzara team will play the Coghill-Sinz team for first and second. The Kramer-Haralson team will play the Jung-Legner team for third and fourth place.

Congratulations to all the teams advancing to the finals. Also to all the teams who played in the 2002 Kenai Cup match-play event. It takes many teams, many nights and weeks of play to have a successful annual event.

Men's Night

The Thursday men's event found the team of Brian Bixby, Jeff Johns and Rahn Kerkvliet in the winner's circle at 3-under.

The slugger of the week was Cal Larson on No. 7. Neither closest to the hole green was reached. The pure birdie will carry over.

Junior Golf Tourney

The Kenai Golf Association was pleased with the participation at the junior golf tournament Aug. 20. There were 32 juniors signed up to play, however, rain kept several from playing. Twenty-four hardy ready-to-golf juniors showed up and played.

Each golfer received a ditty bag with golf balls, tees, repair tools and ball markers, a junior golf T-shirt, and ate at The Hole-N-One Cafe.

Christina Taylor won a set of iron covers in the drawing and Daniel Gustkey won a set of woods covers.

The Kenai Golf Association offered a $1,000 scholarship to be paid to the college of choice for the first hole in one on the par-3 fifth hole during the junior tournament. Ron Goecke manned the green to verify any hole in one. It was noted that Nick Horn landed his ball pin high about 5 feet from the pin. Owen Brewer also landed his ball pin high, about 8 feet from the pin. Great shots, Nick and Owen!

The winners were:

17-years old: 1. Nick Horn, 88; 2. Owen Brewer; 3. Dean Shinn. 15-and-under: 1. Josh Lansing, 88; 2. Alex Jefferson; 3. Michael Jahrig. 13-and-under: 1. Beau Forrest; 2. Kegan Kiel; 3. Zack Beeson. 10-11: 1. Tony Garcia Schnelting; 2. Lincoln Wensley; 3. Bryson Lowe. 8-9: 1. Zac Mese; 2. Zach Sonnichsen; 3. (tie) Katie Evans and Sam Winters.

Congratulations to all the juniors who played in the junior event. It was the first for many juniors and all were winners who played during a rather wet day. Enjoying the game is far more important than the actual scores.

A big THANK YOU to fathers Sonny Mese, Alan Sabin and Tim Taylor, who accompanied their juniors' flights on the course. Also thanks to grandfathers Charlie Kahakauwila and Tom Vincent, who went out on the course with their grandgolfers.

Thank you to Gene Granath, Keith Stuart, Ron Goecke and Luke Mese, who were on the course helping out with the junior flights and tourney. With help like that, events are possible and successful.

Kenai-Soldotna Tournament

Get your applications in for the annual 36-hole tournament at the Kenai Golf Course and Birch Ridge Golf Course on Sept. 7 and 8. There is lost of golfing left in the season and the tournaments coming up are all part of another wonderful golfing season. Applications are in the clubhouses and have been mailed to all members of the Kenai Golf Association and the Birch Ridge Golf Association.

Closing Thoughts

Great golfing to all! May your drives find the fairways, your putts find the cups and your enjoyment of the game take you back to the Kenai Golf Course.

Check out the www.golfkenai. Web site for golfing news, notices, jokes, GHIN handicap, rules of the game, items for sale, and more.

See you on the front nine.

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