By time you start to read this article, I'll be in a plane heading back down south where it is a high of 110 with a low of 78. I'd like to take a moment to thank all the people who have made my summer here at the Bird Homestead Golf Course memorable and possible.
Pat and Elmer Bird, Mike and Ronda Oglesby, Larry and Dianne Hamilton, Donna Sheridan, Tim, Shelly and Claire Merrill, Jeff, Jackie and Megan Risch, Tim and Marsha Mitchell, my cousins D.J., Rachel and Kaylen Tyson, Tom Walsh, the Mataresse family, Tim, Katie and the staff at Birch Ridge Golf Course, Wells Fargo, Shawn Whitmore at Alaska's Auto Country, Kenai Chrysler, the staff at the Kenai Golf Course, Dick Gallaway, Roy Bird and his daughters Dixie, Royce and Shelby. I'm sure that I've probably left some people out, but just wanted to mention a few of the people that have helped me this summer.
Marilyn Eskelin took home all the money last Ladies Night. For Men's Night it was the team consisting of Larry Hamilton, Dennis Linnell, Paul Eskelin and myself. We still haven't been able to hit the green on hole 6. Tonight, hole 6, if hit will be worth over $50.00. Good Luck!
The second Annual Fall Classic was a great success. First place for the second year in a row was BJ's-BS'rs, consisting of Ardie Crawford, Vince Redford, Mo Redford and Kevin O'Fallen shooting an incredible 7-under 67. In second place was Team-Fubar consisting of Roy Bird, Duane Tachick, Steve Tachick and Walt Krieger shooting a 69. Third place went to the team consisting of Mr. Tom Walsh, Judy Walsh, Carolyn Turkington and Steve Dexheimer shooting a 71. In last place, our Red Lantern went to Team Wells Fargo, consisting of Kathy Gensel, Blade Bush, Wilda Bush and J.R. Edwards. Long drive for the men went to Roy Bird. Long drive for the women went to Lynne Reynolds. Mr. Tom Walsh captured both closest to the pin honors. Closest to the pin on No. 6 for the women went to Lynne Reynolds and closest on No. 8 went to Carolyn Turkington. We would like to thank everyone who participated and look forward to seeing you all back next year. (Sign up early.)
GOLF TIP OF THE WEEK
You swing fast, you won't last. You swing slow, they won't go!
The key to club head speed is through seeing the ball fly consistently straight. The more times you see the ball fly straight, the more confidence you'll have to swing harder. When I practice, I only swing at half speed. Swinging at half speed allows me to concentrate on more things in my golf swing. If I'm having a hard time hitting the ball straight at half speed, there is no evidence that I will do any better swinging at full speed.
If your problem isn't that you can't hit the ball far, it's just that it doesn't go straight, you might want to sign up for a lesson or two with myself or your local pro.
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