Kenai Golf Report: Kenai-Birch Ridge tourney next up on tee

Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2002

The Kenai Golf Association will host the Kenai-Birch Ridge Golf Associations' annual 36-hole stroke play event on Saturday and Sunday.

Tee times will start at 10 a.m. Golfers will play 18 holes on each course. Sunday, the awards banquet will be at the Kenai Golf Course. Entries are in both clubhouses and will be accepted until noon Thursday.

Take advantage of the condition of the golf courses, both of which are incredible at this time. There are bogies, pars, birdies, eagles and who knows -- maybe even a hole in one just waiting to be carded.

Mixed Doubles

Yours truly would like to catch up on the mixed doubles standings since I was out of town during the last event on Aug. 26. The team of Buzz and Patty Rome took the mystery hole, which was No. 6. The team of Don and Jan Erwin took the fewest combined putts for the nine-hole event.

This week, the team of Eddie and Teresa Sibolboro took the mystery hole, which was No. 7.

Mixed doubles will continue every Monday as long as the weather permits. Starting times will continue to be pushed up to take the shorter daylight hours into consideration.

Kenai Cup

After a long competitive season, winners have surfaced in the final week of competition in Kenai Cup match play tournament. Congratulations to the 2002 winners of the Kenai Cup!

The 2002 Kenai Cup champions are Tom Allison and Mark Azzara. The team of Billy Coghill and Jeff Sinz took second place. The team of Craig Jung and Jim Legner took third place and the team of Doug Haralson and Dwight Kramer took fourth place.

Congratulations to all the 2002 Kenai Cup champions!

Men's Night

The rain and the soggy conditions were the only winners in the Thursday night weekly event since they kept the golfers away.

Yours truly is hoping for a big turnout this Thursday, which will be the last BIG THURSDAY of the season.

Junior Golf

Yours truly recently played nine holes of golf with a junior who took up golf for the first time this summer. He has an incredible interest in the game, constantly practices his putting and chipping and genuinely loves the game of golf.

I offered him a drop on No. 18 after he dumped several balls in the gully. He gritted his teeth and said, "I don't want to take that drop, I just want to get a ball over the gully."

Determination like that is rare these days in people, much less in a 10-year-old. Yours truly knew exactly how he felt at that moment.

With a little patience on his part and a little suggestion on my part, he finally got the ball across the 18th gully and on the green with his 4-iron. Up to that point, he had 48 strokes on the back nine, which is an incredible score for a little guy who is only 10 and picked up his first golf club this June.

Glow Ball Tourney

Coming up in September will be the nine-hole golf in the dark tournament. The event starts after dark and golfers use balls that glow. Special balls with chemical glow sticks are used. Glow sticks are hung on the flagsticks and golfers wear glow-in-the-dark necklaces. Balls and glow sticks are available in the clubhouse.

It is fun to get out there in the dark and beat that little glow ball around the course. It is not as easy as it sounds. This is always an extremely entertaining event that brings both seasoned as well as novice golfers to the course. All golfers have a chance to place in the tourney as there is always a twist to the event. For instance, in the past the first-, second-, seventh- and 10th-place teams were the winners of the event.

Closing Thoughts

Recently, yours truly enjoyed playing golf at the Kachemak Bay Links Par 3 Golf Course in Homer. It is a wonderful little course to sharpen up your short game. Every hole offers a spectacular view of the mountains and glaciers. It takes about an hour to complete the nine holes, which range from 65 to 131 yards in length.

I ran into several golfers at the Bay Links who also golf at the Kenai Golf Course, and they were very helpful to a new golfer on the course. Thanks to Chuck Rupenthal, John Munns, John Gibson, Charles Rainwater and Bob Day for sharing your cute little golf course with me.

See you in the clubhouse of the Kenai Golf Course.

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