Golf Report: Still lots of golf to play

Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2010

It has been a great season and there is still lots of golf left to play. Birch Ridge Golf Course is in fantastic shape and ready for this weekend's third annual B & B Tournament. Play begins on Sunday at the Bird Homestead Golf Course where each four-person team will play three holes in a shamble, waltz three holes and the final three holes in a scramble. Teams pick up a brown bag lunch then drive to Birch Ridge Golf Course to resume the shamble, waltz, scramble format. At the end of play there will be an awards ceremony and barbecue. Weather forecast is for a great weekend so call Birch Ridge or Bird Homestead Golf Course to get signed up for one of the few remaining tournaments of the year.

To Birch Ridge Golf Association members and golfers I look forward to seeing you on Sunday as we bring the trophy to Birch Ridge. Birch Ridge has yet to win, so help bring the trophy home!

Wishing Mrs. Wilma Ellington, the mother of Birch Ridge Golf Course owner Myrna Cowan, happy 100th birthday!!

As the minutes slip away and our days become shorter the hours at the Pro Shop are changing. Weekdays the hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The moose have been hanging out at the golf course quite a bit this past week making for a couple of interesting stories. On Saturday a cow decided she was going to be the starter on the 1st tee box. She allowed everyone to play through without any issues. Then this past Monday there was a ball that landed near the seven green except in a pile of fresh moose poop. It made me wonder what the ruing would be from the PGA and I posted the following on Facebook: Dear PGA, Ruling please: ball lands in moose poop. Play it where it lays? Free drop? One or two club lengths? Use the ball that landed in the poop? Allowed to lift, clean and place? Please clarify how to continue with play. Thank you.

Please use care and caution when you see any wildlife on the golf course.

Senior League -- it must have been a very busy Labor Day weekend and the guys decided playing in the fog and rain was not going to be any fun. Senior play resumes next Monday.

Tuesday Morning Ladies League -- Unlike the guys who wimped out, two ladies were not deterred by the weather and came out to play Tuesday morning. Shout it out to Tanya Boedeker and Denise Cox for their tenacity and determination!

Tuesday Night Couples have been blessed with gorgeous weather for most of the summer. The game of choice was a two-person scramble with a poker twist. Playing a regular scramble format each team received one card for a bogey, two for a par and three for a birdie. Sally Tachick teamed up with Ryan Kapp to scramble their way to first place while Carol and Vic Hussey put together the winning poker hand.

The Cold Weather Classic is just a few weeks away. Get a partner and sign up for this scotch twosome tournament. More will follow in next week's article about this final event of the year.

Alaska Golf Trivia: Black Diamond Golf Course, Mile 247 Park Highway, includes not only a 9-hole golf course but also an 18-hole mini golf course. Hazards include a local fox that steals your ball off of the 2nd green.

Erin's Tip of the Week compliments of Erin Bell, PGA Assistant Pro, Big Spring Golf Course: "Do your best, one shot at a time and then move on. Remember golf is just a game." -- Nancy Lopez

Buried Bunker Shot:

* Close your clubface by turning the toe of the club in, so it resembles a knife;

* Play the ball in the middle of your stance and place your hands forward of the ball;

* Use significant force to chop the ball out of the sand - a follow through is not necessary but be helpful to create leverage.

This Week's Events (Check in at least 15 minutes prior to the time shown below):

Monday - 9 a.m. - Senior League

Tuesday - 10 a.m. - Tuesday Morning Ladies

Tuesday's - 5:30 p.m. - Couple's Night

Wednesday - 6 p.m. - Men's Night

Thursday's - 6 p.m. - Ladies Night

Upcoming Events

Saturday -- Serenity House Alumni Tournament

Sunday -- 3rd Annual Bird & Birch Combined Tournament

Sept. 25 -- Cold Weather Classic - Couples Scotch Twosome

Birch Ridge Golf Course can be reached by calling 262-5270 or visit the web site at

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