Kenai Golf Report: Caribou pays visit to tourney

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Let us all unite in hope, freedom and love on this day one year after the tragedy that may well have changed not only our lives as Americans but those all around the globe. In these times of global unrest and change we need more tolerance, patience, prayers and empathy.

Over the weekend, the Kenai Golf Association and the Birch Ridge Association held the annual two-course tournament. The weather was wonderful for the 36-hole, two-day event in which 57 golfers competed.

A lone caribou joined the event by making a showing on the 15th tee. Golfers teed off carefully while the caribou slowly continued grazing just ahead of the tee. The caribou then wandered over to check out the activity on the 16th green. Golfers chipped and pitched around, over and near that beautiful animal to get to the putting surface.

A unique to Alaska but ordinary occurrence to Alaskans, yours truly still gets goose bumps the size of golf balls to see those beautiful caribou and moose sharing their beloved ground with golfers.

Mixed Doubles

Monday evening was perfect for golfing and mixed doubles teams took advantage of the sunny, beautiful evening.

Buzz and Patty Rome took the "mystery hole," which turned out to be No. 8. They had the lowest combined score for the hole.

Scot Shier and Judy Buffington had the fewest putts for the nine-hole event.

The Shier-Buffington team slightly beat out the Dave and Shelley Ramsey team and offered the Ramsey team a rematch this coming Monday.

Evidently, the Ramsey fishing team also was beaten the night before by the Shier fishing team. It was reported the flex in a graphite club and a graphite fishing rod both serve an important purpose.

Tee times will start earlier this coming week for the mixed doubles event.

Ladies' Night

Several ladies showed up to play nine holes on a beautiful evening. Alicia Morgan, Nora Satathite and Pam Martinez won the "mystery hole" and also the fewest putts for the nine holes.

Karen Morris, Colleen Pugh and Andrea Hodges took the consistency award for the evening. Ladies of all skill levels are always welcome to call and get their tee times set up for an outing on the golf course.

Men's Night

The men went out, played nine holes and upon entering the clubhouse drew names to find out who their partners were for the two-man best ball competition.

The team of Ken Lipski and Dana Bassel took first place with a score of 40. The team of Gary Katsion and Cal Larson took second place with a 42.

Remember, a best ball competition is when each golfer plays their own ball from tee to green and then records the lowest score between partners for each hole. It is quite different from the usual scramble that is played on men's night when team members all play their balls each time from the previous best shot.

Closest to the fifth pin was Todd Eskelin with 42 feet, 8 inches. Closest to the ninth pin was Dana Bassel with 15 feet, 5 inches. Slugger of the week was Cal Larson on No. 7. Cal Larson also had the fewest putts in the nine-hole event.

Please pass the word around that men's night will start at 6 p.m. this Thursday. As much as Alaskans prefer having a longer golfing season, we also notice how fast the daylight is diminishing week by week.

Junior Golf

Kenai Golf Course pro Bill Engberg would like to thank the parents of junior golfers who helped accompany groups of juniors during the play days of the junior sessions. Bill also would like to recognize the effort of Matt Matarrese in assisting with the junior sessions on the instructional days.

There was an increase in the participation by juniors and the juniors also put forth much effort in learning the skills necessary to play the game of golf. There are many more junior golfers now playing golf on their own or with their parents. It is hoped the trend continues.

During the Kenai Chrysler Open there were many more juniors than in the past in attendance for all four days. Also, there were more juniors who ended up caddying for the professional and amateur golfers. It was a great experience for the juniors and greatly appreciated by both the pros and amateur golfers.

Next year, Bill hopes to have many more juniors caddying in the tournament. Those juniors interested in caddying should contact Bill at the golf course to sign up early next spring for the caddy classes available in June and July of 2003.

Once again, thank you to all who helped make the Kenai Golf Course 2002 Junior Golf Program a success.

Eagle Soaring

Recently, several golfers witnessed a young eagle's version of golf on the back nine. A golfer in a foursome hit a ball that could not be found by several golfers even though the ball landing area was seen by all. They hunted and hunted for the ball but had no luck finding it. The golfer had to take a lost ball and hit another shot. The foursome then watched an eagle swoop down and pick up that second ball, which may have explained what happened to the first ball.

Upcoming event

The glow ball golf tourney will be Saturday. The start time will be 9 p.m. Glow balls and glow refills are available at the pro shop. The get-together starts at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse.

Closing thoughts

Check out the www. Web site for all sorts of golfing information. The site is constantly evolving and growing. If you have links you would like to share with other golfers, please send them in. Thank you to those who have sent in golf stories, jokes and links. As soon as yours truly has some time, I will include them on the site.

Don't leave any pars, birdies or eagles out on the golf course. The Kenai Golf Course is in great shape and there is lots of golfing left to enjoy before our feathered friends gather up and fly south.

See you on the putting green!

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