It really saddened me to find out about the vandalism that was caused at the course. We have such a wonderful golf course here in Kenai -- one of the finest courses in the state.
This kind of needless destruction is happening all over the Peninsula. It doesn't make any sense at all. Each and every one of us, including the persons responsible for the damage, pay in one way or another for all deeds done like this.
No one ever wins when things like this happen.
On the brighter side of things, the annual green maintenance in underway. Once again the greens have been plugged and sanded. It is a yearly occurrence and it keeps the greens in good condition. It seems like an inconvenience to some golfers but it is a very necessary part of taking care of the greens.
For a few days the sand is present on the greens until the brushing and water works the sand down into the holes.
The greens should be in great shape for the Kenai Golf Association Fall Classic Saturday.
Four of the top stroke players in the Saturday play will advance to Sunday's match play.
There will be food after play and a get together in the new picnic area on Saturday. The Kenai Golf Association has over 235 current members so we are looking forward to having many players seeking the yearly association championships.
The entry fee is only $35. All premium season pass holders pay only $15. As soon as the applications are in the tee times will be arranged and posted in the clubhouse.
The Kenai Cup quarterfinal matches were held and the winners who advanced to the semifinals were the Butch Anderson-Billy Applewhite team from the Northern Division, the Jim Legner-Craig Jung team from the Southern Division, the Jack Evans-John Palm team from the Western Division and the Noel Widmayer-Rich Edwards team, also from the Western Division.
The four teams left will play for the championship and second, third and fourth places. The field has narrowed after weeks of play in the weekly matches. The 2000 Kenai Cup Champion is getting ready for the final matches of the season.
The ladies were out in full force on Tuesday for the weekly scramble. The weather was sunny and comfortable.
The team with 37 and taking first place included Nora Satathite, Alicia Morgan, Glenda Wentworth and Pam Martinez.
The team with 38 and taking second place included Colleen Puch, Shelley Ramsey, Paula Crowley and Andrea Hodgins.
The gal with the longest drive on hole No. 6 was Lesley Weatherman. The closest to the No. 5 pin was Loretta Kimball with 23 feet. Karen Morris won the door prize.
The Thursday night men's scramble was a Sidehill Scramble. The pins were all placed on the slopes as much as possible. The putting was tricky as indicated by the scores.
Two teams carded a 2 under so a chip-off was held on the ninth green. The chip of Eldon Harvey secured first place for his team. Eldon's teammates were Bill Zubeck, Bob Stamer and Al Brunner.
The second-place team included Nick Chaisson, Dan Cabrera, Jerry Norris and Luis Rosano.
Closest to No. 9 was Terry Linebarger with 16 feet, 5 inches. Closest to No. 5 was Bob Bird with 19 feet, 6 inches. The golfer with the longest drive on hole No. 6 was Eldon Harvey.
This week the format will be different from the usual scramble again. It will be a "Hot Seat" scramble. I'll have to find out exactly what that is all about.
The Monday evening Co-ed Golf included the "animals" in their regular play. All enjoyed it and the animals made their rounds.
This week the team with the fewest combined putts was the team of Dave and Shelley Ramsey. The team who won the "mystery hole" was the Leanne and Al Brunner team.
Kenai/Birch Ridge Golf Association Tournament
The Kenai Golf Association and the Birch Ridge Golf Association will have the combined golf tournament on Sept. 9 and 10.
All association members are invited to play in the annual event. Each golfer will play 18 holes at each golf course and the combined scores plus the golfer's handicap will determine the flight winners.
Kenai is host to the event this year. There will be a barbecue at the Kenai Golf Course in the new picnic area after the event on Sunday. This is the final individual tournament of the season.
Kenai Golf Association
There will be a Kenai Golf Association meeting at the clubhouse on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All interested members are invited to attend.
The upcoming tournaments will be discussed and the year's final business also will be discussed. See you at the meeting.
See you on the fairway.
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