Birch Ridge Report

Sure-fire ways to tell golf season is ending

Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2001

You can tell the summer season is almost over, even though some of us are trying to recall if we got to see much of it. Telltale indicators include:

Kids are back in school;

The days are getting shorter;

Dew on the cars almost every morning;

Leaves are beginning to fall off of trees;

The number of visitors in town has decreased;

The number of golf days is sadly diminishing.

Senior League

A very special thank you to Jo Briscoe, who faithfully submitted the report on what the happenings were with the Master Senior golfers this past summer. Having played with Jo in years past, she is always looking to find new meaning and pleasure in the game. Her final roving reporter story for the season follows:

Had 13 contestants show up for not only golf but a neat (no calorie) type picnic to celebrate the "End of Year" wrapup for these folks. Game of the day was "Blind Partner's Draw." After all contestants played their nine holes, partners were drawn to see "who was partnered with whom" for the two low net scores.

Fellow Master Seniors Don McGhee and Chuck Obendorf eased out their worthy opponents Ray Hamby and John Roderick by only four strokes to claim the lowest combined net scores.

In the three other contests, Louise Schadle drained the longest putt on No. 5, while Don McGhee claimed closest to the pin on No. 6 and Chuck Obendorf took the honors on No. 8.

A picnic was held afterward at the Birch Ridge Pavilion and enjoyed by all with gourmet chef Gordon Briscoe offering "blackened" golf course gourmet hot links, bratwurst and hot dogs.

For those folks (you don't have to be in the Master Seniors category) interested in continuing to play on Monday mornings, with the exception of this coming Monday, we have been assured by Pat Cowan a 10 a.m. tee time will be saved from now until such time as " the snow flies" and the resident "snowbirds" fly south for the winter. We'd like to encourage all to participate if and when time allows.

So, with this final "auf Wiedersehen" report, we look forward to next April or May when we can once again commence our Master Senior's Tournaments. Have a great winter and see you all in the spring!

If Jo continues to provide us with copy as we enter into fall we will continue to pass it on to you, the readers.

Men's Night

By the time you read this the last men's night of the year will have been played Wednesday, but stay tuned. Next week we'll fill you in on all of the year-end trivialities. Make sure to mark your calendars for Sept. 5, when there will be a Chip and Putt Supper. Rumor has it gourmet chef Briscoe may be partaking in another "blackened" dish for the evening. There will be a few games to challenge golfers as well as test one's skills to accompany the great food.

Aug. 22 was a beautiful evening and 36 gentleman showed up to play a quick nine. Leading the pack at 5-under was the team of Denny Davis, Skip Dove, Gordy Nelson and Bob Sizemore.

Junior State Am champ Tony Azzara showed some of his fine skills on hole 6, putting his shot within 14 feet, 2 inches. Over on No. 8, Master Senior Gary Stackhouse nuzzled his shot to within 7 inches. Great shot Gary!

Long drive of the evening went to eternal favorite Joe Blanchard.

Bassackwards Results

It was a beautiful night for an intriguing game of golf. This is the tournament where you try those shots that you wouldn't normally play as you try not to set yourself up with all your shots having to go over the trees!

Besting last year's score of 1-under, the team of P. Cowan, M. Cowan, B. Jackson and Hamby carded a 2-under 33 to carry home this year's trophy and top prize.

With four teams tied with a 1-under 34, a chip-off resolved who would take home second place. The team of Stackhouse, S. Jackson, T. Jackson and Dawkins prevailed.

Paula Crowley proved that women can still win long drive in coed tournaments by outdistancing 15 other male and female competitors.

Meanwhile, playing from in front of the No. 6 green to the No. 5 green, Mo Redford landed his ball within a few feet to claim closest to the pin distinction.

Upcoming Tournaments

There aren't too many tournaments (or golf days) left in the year.

Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 will be the combined Kenai Golf Association-Birch Ridge Golf Association tournament. Players play one round at Kenai and one round at Birch Ridge. Entry fee is $65 and includes greens fees for both courses, plus a barbecue following the final round Sunday at Birch Ridge.

There will be four men's flights: championship, first flight, second flight and third flight. Since there are only a handful of women golfers there is only one women's flight. To enter, golfers must be a member of either Kenai Golf Association or Birch Ridge Golf Association with an established handicap.

For junior golfers ages 14 and younger, there will be a separate junior flight. Champions will be based on low gross for men and women.

Additionally, the top three low-net golfers in each flight will receive trophies and/or prizes. Call Birch Ridge Golf Course at 262-5270 or Kenai Golf Course at 283-7500 to sign up or find out more details.

Sept. 15 Birch Ridge will host the Mayor's Cup and on Sept. 29 the final tournament of the year -- the Cold Weather Classic -- will be held.

Complete Bassackwards Results

P. Cowan, M. Cowan, B. Jackson, Hamby 33

Stackhouse, S. Jackson, T. Jackson-Dawkins 34

N. Horn, Crowley, Boyd, Jane Tongen 34

T. Azzara, Redford, Dove, Mattison 34

M. Azzara, Reynolds, Stein, Carlile 34

Mattison, S. Horn, Turkington, Hulderman 35

John Tongen, Z. Cowan, Stuckey, Hammerstrom 37

McWilliams, Kriner, Roderick, Cole 37

Alt, Keating, King, Stuckey 38

D. Marshall, C. Marshall, J. Fisher, S. Fisher 40

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