Kenai Golf Report

Another summer flies by

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Hard to believe that it is already September; wait, that’s not just hard to believe but dang near impossible! Where has the summer gone — I have not played near enough golf, didn’t catch near enough fish, what’s wrong with this picture?

This weekend sure did turn out nice, and aren’t the long ones the best? My better half and I had the pleasure of playing a round of golf at the Bird Homestead Golf Course — our very first time to play there although we have visited the course a time or two just checking things out. Pat was busy playing golf at the Kenai Golf Course (the Birch Ridge-Kenai Golf Course Dual Tournament) but Heidi Richards was holding down the fort so we got to make her acquaintance. Thanks, Heidi, for the warm welcome. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as it was a gorgeous day, and enjoyed meeting and visiting with Heidi. The course is definitely more challenging than it appears at first glance and those elevated greens just kicked my rear! I can’t wait to see what the back nine looks like when it opens.

We played golf on Monday at KGC with some visiting “extended family”, Doc and Lisa Tanner, who are here from Kerrville, Texas. They are visiting Doc’s daughter, Jodi, son-in-law Bill Hanson, and their grand-sons, Zach and Brady, who are almost as adorable as our grandkids (right back at you, Doc!). As always, it was a kick to show off our home course, and it was certainly looking its best. We are pretty sure Doc and Lisa thought so too if the number of ooh’s and aah’s during their round were any indication. The fog burned off and it didn’t even sprinkle until we were leaving the course. The weather was great, golfing was great, and the company was fantastic. And to top it all off, we enjoyed a post-round brew or three in the Pro Shop and were joined by Buzz and Patty Rome (affectionately known as Dennis and Rock) following their round. Did I tell you that I absolutely adore long weekends?

A birdie told me ...

Patty Rome parred hole 18 for the first time this weekend AND shot her personal best 18-hole score on Monday. Dave, my better half, Ramsey, had an awesome chip-in on hole 5 on Monday for a birdie, from behind the two trees that are on the right side of the green. We are still not quite sure how he did it!

See you on the course!

General Manager’s Report

September is a month that sees the Kenai Golf Course in great shape from tee to green. All the major projects are complete and new ones are being planned for the next season. Mr. Bill Burtram is continuing working on all cart paths and trails around the course trying to smooth out the bumps and ruts caused by the recent heavy rains. The greens have been plugged and top dressed and are in great shape for the rest of the year. Here’s hoping for a good early snow to protect the greens during those long, cold, dreary winter months.

The recent Kenai-Soldotna Dual Tournament was a great success. I would like to thank Rich Edwards for all his hard work in putting this tournament together. He did an outstanding job in all areas. By the way, the Dual Tournament Trophy is coming back to Kenai!

We are looking forward to the next KGA Members Only Tournament on Sunday, September 10th. Tee times start at noon. There will be a KGA meeting immediately following the tournament. I would like to thank the KGA board members for sponsoring the event each month. Come out and enjoy the event and be sure to stay for the meeting afterwards.

Again, the month of September is a great one so come out and play a great course located in a great community.

The Kenai Cup semi-final matches were played on a soggy Wednesday, August 30. Advancing to the final match to determine the first and second place teams are the teams of Eagles (Noel Widmayer/Tom Allison) and Hook & Slice (Lyle Winter/Rick Winter). Eagles won their match against R&R (Rich Edwards/Andy Anderson, sub). Hook & Slice won their match against B&B (Bill Burtram/Gordon Griffin). R&R and B&B will play for third place. The final round of matches will take place today. The rest of the Kenai Cup players will be participating in a fun tournament that will begin prior to the start of the championship and third place matches in order for the tournament players to finish up and watch the conclusion of the final round.

About twenty guys got together for Men’s Night on Thursday, Aug. 31. The First Place team of Mike Kebschull, Dana Bassel, Keith Stasek and Allan Wooten upstaged the Second Place team of Eddie Sibolboro and Don Moock. Paul Zimmerman took Closest to the Pin on hole 5 while Eddie Sibolboro took the honors on hole 9. Richard Martin took long drive with closest to the line.

— Gordon Griffin

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