Over the past weekend the Kenai Golf Association Donald R. Morgan Fall Classic golf tournament was held.
The weather was very comfortable on Saturday and though threatening on Sunday, it too was a wonderful day to play golf and give tribute to Donnie.
The field of golfers seemed to have enjoyed the golf, the food, and especially the interest in golf they all share. Of course the usual after round chatter about the incredible shots or those that wrecked their scores is always very entertaining and enjoyable.
The beautiful blue spruce tree planted in memory of Donnie near the eighth green caused some emotions to stir in some golfers. The two golfers in the playoff both hit errant balls that landed side by side just below the newly planted tree.
The Monday night couples team of Roger and Lynn Jones took the fewest combined putts for the nine holes. The Jones team also took the lowest combined score on the "mystery hole" which was No. 4.
The competition was keen as the teams of Eddie and Teresa Sibolboro, Jerry and Susan May, Dave and Shelley Ramsey and Scot Shier and Judy Buffington all gave it their best shots.
There was a special guest appearance of the team of Paula Crowley and Gary Walterman.
Gary has been one of the mainstays on the night watering crew for years. When I first met Gary I thought it ironic that he watered the greens and his name was Waterman. Then one day he told me his name had an "L" in it. Yours truly still prefers to call him Gary Waterman.
This coming Monday the teams will tee off at 6:10 p.m. due to what's happening to the daylight. It seems the last team to enter the clubhouse found the last green very difficult to find.
Not to mention the ball was supposed to have ended up in that little cup.
The team of Billy Applewhite and Butch Anderson advanced in the finals by beating the team of Eldon Harvey and Ryan Harvey. The team of Jim Legner and Craig Jung also advanced in the finals by beating the team of Tom Allison and Mark Azzara.
The team of Jack Evans and Bruce Galloway advanced in the finals by beating the team of Doug Jung and Dustin Jung. The team of Felix Martinez and Pam Martinez also advanced by beating the team of Noel Widmayer and Rich Edwards.
There are four teams remaining in the competition. One of them will claim the 2001 Kenai Cup Championship.
Congratulations to all the teams still in the finals after 12 weeks of matches!
The team with 3-under this week that took first included team members Mike Chenault, Cal Larson and Brandon Christopher.
The team with 2-under that took second place included Bob Reilly, Billy Applewhite and Clayton Dolan.
Closest to the pin on No. 5 was John Davis with 22 feet, 3 inches. Closest to the pin on No. 9 was Billy Applewhite with 34 feet.
The slugger of the week was Rob Smithwick with the longest drive on No. 7.
Billy Coghill had the lone "pure birdie" on No. 8.
Men's Night will start at 6:30 p.m. this week again and the teams will be three-man teams to keep ahead of the dark. It is Big Thursday once again so come on out and get in on the last Big Thursday.
Kenai/Soldotna Association Tournament
On Sept. 8 and 9, the two-day Kenai/Soldotna annual tournament will be held.
All Birch Ridge Golf Association or Kenai Golf Association members are invited to play in the tourney. Each golfer will play 18 holes at Kenai and 18 at Birch Ridge.
The flights will be flighted by USGA Handicap Index. There will be a Men's, Ladies' and a Junior Division.
Awards banquet will be on Sunday at the conclusion of the tournament at the Birch Ridge Golf Course.
The telltale signs of fall are here. The yellow leaves are beginning to appear on the greens. The golfing season is starting to wind down. Where did the summer go? Why didn't we play more golf?
When you're having fun the time just flies. Living on the little hill by the Kenai Golf Course feels like living on a resort. Everyday is another day of golf. It is so enjoyable to visit with so many people with the same love of the game.
Hope to get in as many rounds as possible before the snow and birds fly.
See you at the Kenai Golf Course clubhouse.
Kenai Golf Course on the Web: http://golfkenai.homestead.com/
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