Golf Report: Signs of autumn mark the beginning of the end of the golfing season

Posted: Wednesday, September 01, 2010

It's hard to believe that August is over, September is upon us with the Labor Day weekend fast approaching, school has started, and the days are really starting to get shorter. It is definitely fall -- it looks like fall with the colors starting to show in the underbrush and trees; it feels like fall with that little bite in the air that tells you that temperatures are going to start dropping; and it smells like fall with that wonderful spicy smell in the air that comes from the ripening cranberries and falling leaves. I love this time of year even though I know my golfing days are numbered.

* It was brought to my attention that we had neglected to thank Bill Bushnell and Pizza Hut for the generous donation of pizzas for the Pro-Am tournament. I apologize for the oversight.

* General Manager's Report -- The Memorial Tournament was held this past weekend in honor of Rita Botelho and Butch Anderson. We all have fond memories of these two individuals who contributed so much to our communities and especially to the Kenai Golf Course. I would like to thank everyone who participated in this event. It was a great tournament with playoffs in each division for the top spots, which made for some real exciting golf. Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to this event next year. Many thanks to Billy Applewhite for being the major sponsor and to Eddie Sibolboro for his donation to the event.

The next KGA event will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. This will be the last KGA event of the season. Don't forget that this event qualifies for the Atigun Cup. The Kenai Open will be held on Sept. 11 and 12 and is the last stroke play event of the year. It is also the last Atigun Cup event of the season.

If your group or organization is thinking about a golf tournament for next year, now is the time to start planning. Please contact the pro shop at 283-7500 for available dates and times. Ron Goecke will be happy to work with you in planning your event.

As September rolls in, the course is in the best condition of the year. Come out and enjoy the course and the wildlife roaming around the course.

As always, see you on the course.

-- Gordon Griffin

* Ten seniors battled it out on Aug. 24. Chris Kimball had low gross with a score of 35. Charlie Waguespack had low net with 33. Chris Kimball also had closest to the pin.

* The Memorial Tournament honoring Rita Botelho and Butch Anderson was held this past weekend. In the First Division, Doug Jung and Gordon Griffin both tied for first place with 77. Doug Jung was able to hold off Gordon and earned the gross championship on the first hole of the playoff. The net winners in the First Division were Dave Kerkvliet in first place, Gordon Griffin in second, Chris Morin in third, Mark Azzara in fourth, Rich Edwards in fifth, and Todd Eskelin in sixth. Dave Kerkvliet beat Gordon Griffin on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to decide the net championship in the First Division. Gordon really saw a lot of playoff action in this tournament! Skins in this division were awarded as follows: Doug Jung, three and one ach to Mark Griffin, Mark Azzara, Rich Edwards and Chris Murray.

In the Second Division, Mike Kebschull and Chuck Ruppenthal tied for first place with a net 72, but first place was won by Mike in a sudden-death playoff. In third place was Charles Rehder, Joe Deveaux took fourth, Charlie Kahakauwila was in fifth, and John Gibson in sixth. Second Division skins were awarded to Keith Stasek with three and one each to Cliff Baker and Joe Deveaux.

Closest to the pin awards went to Keith Stasek on No. 5, Chris Murray on No. 9, Mark Griffin on No. 10, Eddie Sibolboro on No. 14, and Keith Stasek on No. 18 with his second shot.

* The Atigun Cup standings (through the Donny Morgan tournament) are: Gross Division, Chris Murray in first place with 32 points followed closely by Doug Jung in second with 31. Truckee LeMay and Mark Griffin are tied for third with 29 points each and Gordon Griffin is in fifth with 26 points. In the Net Division, Kirk Hyman is in first place with 29 points with Mike Kebschull in second place with 26. Joe Deveaux is in third with 25 points while Jeff Johns is in fourth place with 25 points. This closely contested race should be quite interesting to follow through the end of the season. Good luck to everyone participating.

* The Ryder Cup is named after Samuel Ryder, a businessman from Lancashire, England, who made his fortune selling packets of seeds for a penny. Ryder, who lived from 1858 to 1936, loved golf and first proposed a biannual match between English and American golfers in 1926. The next year, in the first Ryder Cup match, the Americans prevailed 9 1-2 to 2 1-2. Samuel Ryder died in 1936 and was buried with his favorite five iron.

* These beautiful fall days must be enjoyed and I can't think of a better place than out on the Kenai Golf Course. I will see you there!

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