Greens getting better

Kenai Golf Report

Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Thank you for your patience while the greens have been plugged and sanded. Soon after starting the yearly maintenance process the heavy rain hit and brought the project to a halt, which extended the time the greens were sandy. The crew is working very hard to have the course in shape for the upcoming Kenai/Soldotna Association annual tournament this weekend.

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The Kenai Golf Course has a general manager as of a week ago. Gordon Griffin accepted the position from Dick Morgan to manage the Kenai Golf Course. Gordon is taking his new position very seriously and has been extremely busy getting the course squared away for the remainder of the year and more importantly for next season.

Since taking his new position Gordon traded his clubs in on a weed whacker and spent many an hour out trimming and fine-tuning the golf course. Gordon is still working at the desk and slipping out to play every now and then.

Gordon has worked at the pro shop desk for the past four years. Gordon is a single digit handicap golfer and plays often.

Yours truly notices there is much excitement in the air as the course gets an obvious face-lift from one end to the other.

Kenai Cup

The final Kenai Cup matches will take place Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Dave Ramsey and Ed Marsh will play Dan Cabrera and Jeff Johns for first or second place.

Jack Evans and Bruce Galloway will play Gordon Griffin and Doug Haralson for third or fourth place.

At 6 p.m. all Kenai Cup players and substitutes will play in a red-white-blue best-ball, four-person scramble. There will be a shotgun start and starting earlier than the championship matches will give the scramble players a chance to watch the final holes played in the 2004 Kenai Cup Championship. It should be a fun and exciting evening for all the Kenai Cup match play teams.

Men's Night

There was a cross country scramble for Men's Night. Only six holes were played. No. 10 and 14 and 18 were played the regular way. The No. 11 tee went to the No. 13 green, the No. 15 tee went to No. 12 green and the No. 13 tee went to the No. 15 green.

The team that took first place with 3-under included Gary Katsion, Dan Young and Bob Tepp. The team that took second place with 2-under included Cliff Baker, Tim Taylor and Dana Bassel.

Other golfers who participated in the cross country scramble were Jerry Norris, Bob Reilly, Matt Tunseth, Ted Heus, Dan Cabrera and Ron Goecke.

Johnny Monfor Head Start Golf Classic

The tournament is a fund-raiser for the Kenaitze Head Start program. All sorts of sponsorships are available and there are great prizes for golfers. Golfers entry fee is $65.

The tournament is Saturday with tee times at 8:30 a.m. at Kenai Golf Course. Check-in from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Some of the prizes are: $20,000 hole in one prize on No. 10, Kenai Fjords Tours, Callaway Putter, NorthEnd Jacket, electronic package, golf clubs and a Seiko watch.

Night Golf

I see the Peninsula Clarion boys have been really working on their games. Jeff and Matt are planning on playing in the Night Ball Tourney that will take place on Sept. 17 starting at 9 p.m.

Jeff arrived at the golf course Tuesday evening to find me frantically getting my article ready to e-mail the Clarion. Jeff spent some time on the range and worked on getting those golf balls to go where he wants them to go. He wants to be ready for his Sept. 17, 9 p.m. tee time.

Glow balls and glow sticks are available in the clubhouse. Sign up in the pro shop. This is a great way to spend some time on the golf course. Imagine, hitting balls that glow toward flagsticks that also glow? Golfers wear glow-stick necklaces so they can be seen.

Closing Thoughts

The weather is wonderful! Let's hope it continues deep into September. The evenings have really been still and the sun shining through the trees leaving those long shadows has been beautiful. The shorter days close down the course earlier and earlier each week. However, there is lots of golfing left for us before winter arrives.

Yours truly weed whacked the yard today for the last time this season. With the weed whacking out of the way, yours truly needs to prepare for the Kenai/Soldotna Association tourney this weekend. There is much to do to get my game together. I was humbled by Paula at the recent Morgan Fall Classic. I need to get back and let Paula know Grandma is still not ready for needlepoint.

See you on the practice green!



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