Kenai Golf Report

Greens get back in form

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hello, golfers. Well, fortunately the weather cooperated and it got really nice. My better half and I spent the weekend in the Hills and just had a wonderful time away from phones, work and golf, which of course is not necessarily a good thing. The northern lights were pretty spectacular Saturday morning about 3 a.m. and the sunrises Saturday and Sunday were breathtaking.

A Birdie Told Me

Dan Young eagled No. 11 from about 160 yards out. And how about Dana Bassel knocking it still from 200 yards on No. 18. What great shots!

Thank you to Kirk Hyman for donating a large outdoor clock to the KGC.

General Manager's Report

The greens have fully recovered from our plugging, sanding and seeding process. They are in excellent condition. Thank you, Bill Burtram, Dusty and Willie for a job well done.

As the end of August approaches, we will begin work on the new practice facility to the right of the driving range. Equipment will be moved in on Thursday to begin removing all the trees and stumps, and we also will begin the leveling process. This should take about a week to complete. This also will help us recover driving range balls hit in that area.

Current plans are to build one big green with sand traps similar to those on the course. This area will be designed for shots 100 yards and in with approaches from two sides into the green. The project will not be completed until the end of next year. Also, while we have the equipment on site, we will completely remove all the stumps around No. 18. In addition, the left side of No. 9 will be leveled to increase the playability of that hole. We are looking forward to these projects and their completion.

The Donnie Morgan Memorial Tournament was a big success. It was nice to see Dick and Shirley Morgan at the event. They provided a huge cake for our enjoyment on Sunday. Thank you, both, we hope to see you at the course more often. We would like to thank you once again for all your hard work over the years.

We are looking forward to the dual tournament with Soldotna, which is coming up on Aug. 8 and 9, and Rita's tournament the following weekend.

As always, see you on the course. - by Gordon Griffin

The 2007 Kenai Cup playoff matches started on Aug. 22 and will continue this week. In the Butch Anderson Division, the G-Men (Jerry Norris/Gary Katsion) narrowly defeated The Toads (Todd Eskelin/Dana Bassel). Two Hackers (Bill Davis/Barry Jackman) scored over The Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) while

the OFG team (Chris Sonnichsen/Tom Bennett) soundly defeated the team of R&R (Rich Edwards/Randy Kornfield). In the Donny Morgan Division, The Why No's (Jack Focose/Gene Diamond) barely won their match against the team of Eldon and Ryan Harvey. The Mulligans (Tom Reese/Greg Duggin) won their match against the Two Duffers (Jack Evans/Bruce Galloway), but it took them 10 holes to do it! The team of Cliff Vaught and Max Pate won their match against Cliff Baker-Rachelle Brehm, who forfeited.

The playoffs will continue tonight with the division championship match to be held on Sept. 5 followed by the Kenai Cup championship match on Sept. 8.

Cliff Vaught, Cliff Baker and Richard Harman made up the first-place team at Men's Night on Thursday. Cliff Baker was closest to the pin on No. 5 and closest to the pin on No. 6 with the second shot was Barry Brewer.

Congratulations to the winners in the Donnie Morgan Memorial Tournament and especially to the new club champion, Gordon Griffin.

Well people, it's getting dark at night now and cooler, too. The summer is speeding by and seems to be gaining momentum. Have a great week, check out the upcoming tournaments, and I will see you at the pro shop.

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