Still time to get in a round

Kenai Golf Report

Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Now that September is almost half over, it becomes painfully obvious to me that the golfing season is really, truly almost at an end. The thing that is really irritating about this is that the course is in absolutely fantastic condition.

My better half and I played a round on Sunday, and what a beautiful day it was. The weather cooperated — sunshine and little or no wind. How often can you tee it up on No. 14 without a gale-force wind blowing in your face?

The Kenai Cup results are in: the 2005 Champions are Chris Sonnichsen and Tom Bennett, who defeated the 2004 Champions, Dave Ramsey and Ed Marsh. The third-place team of Tom Reese and Greg Duggin defeated Tom Allison and Noel Widmayer. The fun tournament that was scheduled to be played on Wednesday evening was modified to accommodate the five players who showed up. Everyone played their own ball on the back nine and kept track of skins, greenies, and flag putts. All in all, it was a great end to another great Kenai Cup season. Thanks to Gary Katsion for all his hard work in chairing this event.

The last Men’s Night was held on Thursday. The winners for the week were, in first place, the team of Felix Martinez, Cal Larson and Gary Gabbett, with the team of Cliff Vaught, Dana Bassel and E.Z in second place. Closest to the pin was won by Felix Martinez. No one won the longest drive (does that mean everyone missed the fairway?).

Thirty-three Kenai Golf Association members participated in the final monthly event for the season on Saturday. The winners were: Men’s low gross, Jim Bradford, and women’s low gross, Rachelle Brehm. Division One winners were: First place — Charlie Kahakauwila; second place — Jerry Norris; eighth place — Cliff Heus; red lantern — Dan Young; and random drawing — Dwight Kramer. Division Two winners were: First place — Kamichia Spisak; Second place — Andy Anderson; eighth place — Buzz Rome; red lantern — Kathy Heus; and random drawing — Johnny Johnson. Closest to the pin winners were: No. 5 — Dwight Kramer; No. 9 — Gordon Griffin; No. 10 — Jesse Wade; and No. 14 — Spence Devito. Longest drive winner was Cliff Baker.

As noted above, low gross winner of Division Two was Kamichia Spisak. Her win is notable in that she is relatively new to the game of golf and carries a high handicap. I have had the pleasure of golfing with her throughout the season on Ladies Day and other occasions and have watched her improve. On Saturday, she had a gross score of 116 (tied for second among the women). Her net score was the best of both divisions! Congratulations, Kamichia!

The annual KGA meeting, scheduled to be held after the event, was cancelled. Another date will be announced.

The last official September event is the Kenai Night Ball Tournament on Friday. This event is always FUN (and challenging) as the players don’t start until it is fully dark. Come on out and join the fun!

Last but not least, I would like to thank Gordon Griffin and his crew, Carol Morgan, Ron Goecke, and Barry Jackman in the Pro Shop, the Snack Bar staff, and most especially, Dick and Shirley Morgan, for another wonderful season. The Kenai Golf Course is an amazing asset for our community and I don’t know that I have ever seen it look better. I am sure that I speak for all the avid Kenai golfers when I say that we really appreciate all the hard work that you have put into operating, maintaining, and improving the course. It is always hard to see the season wind down, but we have a lot to look forward to next year! Thanks for a great year.

There are still some good golfing days out there, so don’t waste any time thinking about all those nasty little chores you should be doing. They will still be waiting for you when your clubs have been cleaned and put to bed for the winter. See you on the course!

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