Golf Report: Beautiful colors, weather welcome golfers to September

Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2010

September is well under way and we have had some beautiful fall weather so far. The colors are absolutely gorgeous everywhere you look and nowhere are more beautiful than at the Kenai Golf Course.

Rumor has it that there will be a glow ball tournament to benefit the River City Cheer and Gymnastics All Star Cheer Squads late in the season. Stay tuned for more details for this fun event. This is the first glow ball tournament in several years, so it promises to be a great time for all involved.

Truckee LeMay will be leaving for college to play golf. Thank you, Truckee, for being a very valuable employee. Good luck, we will miss you. Please join me in welcoming Tyler Yamada as a new KGC employee who will take over for Truckee. Welcome aboard, Tyler. Thank you, Ron Goecke, for all the hard work you have done on our trails.

A Birdie Told Me -- Jerry Norris recently took second place gross in the State Senior Amateur in the Super Senior Division. Congratulations, Jerry!

General Manager's Report -- Great recent weather conditions have made for great playing conditions. The course continues to improve each day. Plush greens and great fairways that will get even better during the rest of the year made for great scoring conditions.

Congratulations to all the winners in the last KGA event of the season. I would like to thank the KGA board for putting on the monthly events this season.

The Kenai Golf Association is in need of new board members that will continue these events next year. If you are interested, please contact one of your board members or call the pro shop at 283-7500.

The final tournament and the final Atigun Cup event, the Kenai Open, will be held Sept. 11 and 12. Let's make this event the best of the year so please sign up at the pro shop.

If you are thinking of a tournament for your organization for next year, now is the time to schedule it. We will help organize and run your event. For more information, contact Ron Goecke at the pro shop.

As always, see you on the course. -- Gordon Griffin

The senior league had 10 players on the course on Aug. 31. Dale Sandahl had low gross. Three players tied for low net -- Pat Bowen, Jerry Norris and Noel Widmayer. Kirk Hyman had the closest to the pin on the ninth hole.

The final KGA Monthly Event was held on Saturday. The First Division Gross Champion was Chris Murray. Doug Jung was decided as the Net Champion in a card-off, which placed Greg Harrington in second place. Third place was held by Gordon Griffin, with Todd Eskelin in fourth place, and Mark Griffin in fifth place. Skins for the First Division went to Todd Eskelin and Chris Murray with three each, and one each to Greg Harrington, Gordon Griffin and Mark Griffin.

Second Division Low Net Champion was Noel Widmayer, with Aaron Cooper in second place and Bill Bushnell in third place. Skins in the Second Division went to Jerry Norris with one and Keith Stasek with two.

The closest to the pin awards were won by Aaron Cooper on the fifth hole, Doug Jung on the ninth hole, and Charlie Kahakauwila on the 10th hole and 14th hole. Congratulations to all these participants.

Here's a reminder to us all not to forget to sign in for golf tournaments. In the 1998 Buick Open, P.H. Horgan III shot a 1-under-par 71 in the opening round, but unfortunately it did not count. He had forgotten to register for the event and was disqualified after finishing his round. "I messed up. We have to sign a bunch of forms and stuff when we arrive at any tournament and I just forgot," Horgan said. Ouch, that really had to hurt.

I have thoroughly enjoyed bringing you the Kenai Golf Course news again this year. Thank you to Gordon and Debbie Griffin, Mark and Lara Griffin, and Ron Goecke for all the help this year making the column happen on a weekly basis. This will be my last article and the remainder of the season will be covered by Gordon Griffin. My better half and I have a hot date moose hunting north of Denali followed by three weeks of vacation down to Texas and Oregon visiting friends and family. I wish you all a great winter and hope to see you next year at the Kenai Golf Course.

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