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Birch Ridge Report: Area pro impresses at Pro-Am

Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2002

Tom Walsh shot 71 at the Creek Course at Moose Run on Labor Day that was good enough to make him the top pro in the most recent Pro-Am. His teammates of son Tim Walsh, Pat Cowan and Tim Cowan combined to finish fifth overall at 16-under. It doesn't seem like they labored too much on this difficult course!

Tom Walsh also competed with four junior golfers from Birch Ridge Golf Course recently and captured first place in the Pro Am-Junior tournament, shooting a 57 at Anchorage Golf Course. There were a total of 16 teams competing. In addition to the team taking first, Tom captured second place amongst the professional golfers. Juniors competing with Tom included Keaton Andrus, Tony Azzara, Zach Cowan and Nick Horn.

Senior League

Whether it was the good weather, good friends, the promise of good golf or the enticement of a pizza feast, a great turnout of seniors showed up for our last Official Senior Safari on Aug. 23.

Trying a different tactic, we played the course with four clubs -- including a putter. Amazingly enough, the scores were pretty much the same as those carded with a bag full of clubs. Enjoying some innovative shots, we played the games we had been playing previously: low net, longest putt, and closest to the pin on the two par-3 holes.

Paying three places for low net, Don McGhee took the No. 1 spot with Roger Jones and Dave Stein coming in second and third. Closest to the pin on No. 6 was Gordon Briscoe, with Mo Redford hitting the green with his drive on the eighth hole. The longest putt was on the ninth hole, with John Roderick claiming honors.

Seniors continue to play on Mondays with the tee times remaining the same.

This golf season seems to have gone by too fast this year, but with a little cooperation from the weather, we still will be able to get some good games in before we retire our clubs for the winter. If you have the inclination to hit that little white ball, show up on Mondays as there will always be friends out there to "go a round" with.

A special thanks to Jo Briscoe, who has faithfully provided the news on Senior League play this year and for organizing the final end-of-the-year social.

Men's Birch Ridge Cup

The finals of the year were played on Aug. 27 with the father-son team of Dave and George Stein taking on the grandfather-grandson team of Pat and Zach Cowan. In the end, the Stein boys defeated the Cowan team. Gary Dawkins and John Lansing captured the Red Division with Bob and Caleb Sizemore securing honors in the Blue Division.

The final evening for the 2002 Birch Ridge Cup also featured a fun night with the teams using the format of three holes Scotch twosome, three holes scramble and three holes best ball, which was won by the team of Jay Kriner and Jim McWilliams. Thanks to all who participated and to Dave and George Stein for organizing the event this year.

Men's Night

Richard "Ace" Atuk carried his team on Men's Night last week by holing out his tee shot on the eighth hole. Using a 7-iron, Richard was successful in capturing his hole in one and helping his team to win Men's Night. Congratulations on the hole in one, Richard!

Besides Richard, members of the winning team included Dan Gensel, Ray Hamby and Bob Sizemore. Sources close to the competition say Ray had a great chip on the seventh hole and Bob Sizemore's long drive on No. 4 helped the team immensely. Dave Stein took home closest to the pin honors on the sixth hole. The second-place team consisted of Jay Kriner, Nick Horn and Pat McElroy.

Women's Birch Ridge Cup

While nothing official has been reported, we understand that the team of Nan Weaver and Tanna Chenault captured the second half of the Women's Birch Ridge Cup with Rhonda Dittmer and Pat Bird overtaking Jan Stenga and Myrna Cowan for second place. Further details will be reported as they become available.

Upcoming Events

The 2002 two-day, two-course golf tournament for members of the Birch Ridge Golf Association and the Kenai Golf Association will take place on Sept. 7 and 8. Each golfer will play 18 holes at each course with golfers flighted by handicap. An awards banquet will be held at Kenai Golf Course following play Sunday. Please contact either golf course to register.

The course is still in great shape and there is an opportunity to play golf before winter. Get out and enjoy it!



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