Here comes the sun

Kenai Golf Report

Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The weekend started out a little dreary but boy did that ever change. Sunday was one of those absolutely spectacular days that reminds me of why I stay in Alaska! Monday was more of the same, but darn it, that kind of weather sure makes it hard to be cooped up at work when you could be on the course enjoying yourself a bad day golfing beats a good day working, right?

Nobody is telling stories on anybody else so the birdie didn’t have anything to tell me come on, ‘fess up folks, I know that every day, and probably in almost every round, someone has or shares an amazing golf experience.

General Manager’s Report

I would like to congratulate the winners of the Donnie Morgan Memorial Golf Tournament. We had two days of wonderful golf and friendly competition. I would also like to thank Dwight Kramer for all his hard work as Tournament Director. He did an outstanding job in all areas. I would like to recognize and thank the following:

· Dick, Shirley, and Carol Morgan for the great lunch spread we enjoyed on Saturday;

· The golf course staff for getting the course ready despite all the rain we had and Carol, Ron, and Andy for their work behind the counter;

· Ken, Teresa, Cathy, and Ron for the great meal we had Sunday evening; and

· KGA Board Members Dana Bassel, Rich Edwards, Shelley Ramsey, Don Moock, Craig Jung, and Dale Sandahl for their help with scoring and keeping the tournament running smoothly.

I would also like to acknowledge Rich Edwards and Bob Drewes, who helped secure donations and a special thanks to all the businesses who generously contributed gifts for this great event. What makes this tournament so special is that all the monies collected go right back to the players. Again, thank you, Dwight, and all who participated in this event.

Next week, we will begin plugging and top dressing the greens as well as plugging the fairways. This process will take about three days and we appreciate your patience during this period.

I would like to thank Chantal Young for her hard work with our carts and driving range this year. She has done an outstanding job. Thank you, Chantal!

Here’s hoping for an Indian Summer that extends well into October.

— Gordon Griffin

Gary Katsion, Kenai Cup Chair, reports that the quarterfinal matches of the 2006 Kenai Cup Playoffs have been completed and the winners are moving on to the semifinal round today. The results of the quarterfinal matches find Hook & Slice (Lyle Winter/Rick Winter), R&R (Randy Kornfield/Andy Anderson, sub.), B&B (Bill Burtram/ Gordon Griffin, sub.), and Eagles (Tom Allison/Noel Widmayer) all progressing to the semifinal round. Those matches are scheduled for 6 p.m. for Eagles vs. R&R on the front nine, with Hook & Slice vs. B&B on the back nine. Remember, all other participants must RSVP to Gary their intent to participate in the Fun Tournament scheduled for the evening of Sept. 6, no later than Friday.

Our guys met on Thursday evening, and again the first-place team was decided by a chip-off. Both teams reported 2-under, but the team of Robert Anderson, Cliff Baker and Paul Zimmerman came in first with Robert’s chip on No. 10 landing closest to the pin. The team of Alan Wooten, Todd Eskelin and Ken Liedes came in second.

I would like to recognize the efforts of Dwight Kramer who was the Tournament Chair for the Donnie Morgan Memorial. As anyone knows who has chaired a tournament (and those of us who have not!), this is a largely thankless job which requires a great deal of patience and diplomacy in dealing with whatever situations may arise during the course of a tournament. Good job, Dwight, and congratulations to our low gross champions, Todd Eskelin and Rachelle Brehm, and to all the net champions.

The next meeting of the Kenai Golf Association Board of Directors will be held at the Kenai Golf Course on Sept. 10 following the KGA Members Only Tournament. I would like to encourage all interested KGA members to attend the meeting and to remind you that you are always welcome at the board meetings. It is also time for the annual election of directors so be watching for those ballots. There are three positions to be filled so be sure to vote for those you feel best suited to fill the positions.

Don’t forget this weekend is the KGA-BRGA Dual Tournament to be held at both the Kenai Golf Course and Birch Ridge Golf Course on Sept. 2 and 3. The KGA Members Only Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 10. Information for these tournaments is available in the Pro Shop or by calling the course at 283-7500.

Gordon, I could not agree more — I sincerely hope that September affords us an opportunity to dry out a little and enjoy that beautiful Kenai Golf Course a lot! See you on the course.

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