Birch Ridge Report: All mixed up at Birch Ridge

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2003

Bassackwards is in the dictionary (and you thought I was just being polite). It's a spoonerism look that up named after an English clergyman who slipped now and then in his homilies.

We had one here at Birch Ridge this last weekend. No, not that. I mean, er, a bassackwards golf tournament.

It's like this: chalk lines are marked on the fairway from which men and ladies are to drive their ball in the opposite direction to a green. You know hit from a designated spot on, let's say, fairway three toward the green on hole two. Does it make any sense?

This is how I normally play golf, but here they actually planned it that way. Easy? Not! Fun? Ah, you better believe it.

Two teams came in with a 34. "Dandy" Dan Murphy, John Lansing, Tom Boedeker and Dee Richards won the tie-breaking chip-off with Jim McWilliams, Ray Hamby, Roy Stuckey (may all-time favorite) and Barb Winkler.

And to add even more bragging rights, "Dandy" dropped the ball in for an eagle from 110 yards on hole three-to-two.

All proceeds from this very serious tournament go to the Junior Golf Association, whose members I'm sure think we're all pretty wacky with this one.

The first annual Well Fargo Home Mortgage Invitational Golf Tournament was a resounding success here at Birch Ridge on Aug. 16. Twelve teams comprised of Kenai Peninsula business people played against each other for gift certificates prizes from the Birch Ridge Pro Shop. The first-place winning team of Jerry Ralston, Sharon Keating, John Joseph and Debbie Bagley scored a comfy 68; second-place winners with a cool 70 were Dave Keating, Dennis Nolan, Scott Griebel and Jane Stein. Third placers (after a chip-off) scoring a close 71 were Linda Murphy, Cliff Baker, John Roderick and Sammy Cole. Perhaps next year there will be even more players, hmmm?

Mighty Men's Night had a light turnout are the honey-dos catching up with 'ya?

Sept. 17 will be the last hurrah for this Wednesday evening outing, so let's get out there. Those who decided to forget the chores and came in first place were Guy Hayes, Mo Redford, Don McGhee and Kevin Downs. Second placers were Jay Kriner, Dandy Murphy, Steve Hammerstrom and Pete Wolfe. Don McGhee brought in closest-to-the-pin on hole six, as did Mo Redford on hole eight. Charles Benson out-drove everybody.

Our lively and ever-lovin' seniors were out again this Monday in the rain, even! What fortitude. Ray Hamby won low net with a 31, plus closest-to on hole six. Gordy Briscoe came closest-to on hole eight while Pat McElroy showed us the longest putt on hole nine.

Do not forget Sept. 6 and 7, the days of the Birch Ridge Golf Association and Kenai Golf Association combined two-day, two-course tournament 18 holes at Birch Ridge and 18 holes at Kenai Golf Course.

Players will be flighted by USGA handicap index and you must be a member of either the Birch Ridge Golf Association or Kenai Golf Association to play. For more information, call Birch Ridge at 262-5270 or Kenai at 283-7500.

A couple of new things to get all you duffers out of your comfy chairs and out playing in this beautiful fall weather: Next Tuesday is Member Guest Day; Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. is 2-for-1 day. Call the pro shop for more information.

Our Cold Weather Classic is scheduled for Sept. 27, so sign up early. Don't wait until then to play ... these cool and colorful fall mornings are great for getting in nine (and wearing my new sweater with the russet and olive-gray background).

See you on the front nine!

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