With this incredible fall, golfers are asking, "When will the Kenai Golf Course close for the season?"
I just heard the course management is taking it one day at a time. As long as the weather holds out the course will be open. We certainly know our days are limited and each day we play is a bonus for this time of year.
The course is in incredible shape right now, the fairways are trim and the greens are putting well. Golfers are scrambling to get those last few rounds in before the green covers come out of storage.
This week, the teams of Dave and Shelley Ramsey, Terry and Ellouise Linebarger, and Cliff and Kris Smith headed out to play. A birdie said they all enjoyed the evening. Maybe next season those teams will once again join the mixed doubles weekly event held each Monday.
Recently, Shelley Ramsey was elated to birdie No. 6 for her first birdie carded at Kenai Golf Course. She also carded two pars for her best nine-hole score thus far. Congratulations! Yours truly knows how hard you have worked on your game.
The team of John Davis, Gary Katsion and Ryan Dablemont carded a 2-under to take first place in the weekly event. The second-place team included Dana Bassel, Don Dablemont and Paul Nelson.
Slugger of the week was Paul Nelson. Closest to the pin was Norton Dablemont.
This week the last BIG THURSDAY will be held with the shotgun tee time at 6 p.m. sharp. Golfers must sign up by 5:45 p.m. and be ready to play, since it is getting darker earlier now.
Single Scramble Results
How many times have you wanted to hit a second ball? Well, a recent event had 23 golfers do just that. A single scramble is when a player hits two balls from tee to green, selecting the best shot each time and playing from there. Imagine playing a scramble alone?
The comments were overwhelmingly favorable and many said they learned much about their games.
First low gross went to Eldon Harvey with a 63. Jim Bradford was second with a 69. Billy Applewhite and Ken Liedes were tied for third place with 70.
First-place low net went to Jeff Johns with a 54. Second-place low net went to Keith Stuart with a 56. Third-place low net went to Dana Bassel with a 58 and fourth-place low net went to Buzz Rome with 59.
All golfers landing on the par 3s recorded their greenies. Landing on No. 5 were Paula Crowley, Jess Wade, Eldon Harvey, Craig Jung, Gordon Griffin, Billy Applewhite, Bill Burtram and Buzz Rome.
Landing on No. 9 were Eldon Harvey, Todd Eskelin, Billy Applewhite and Eddie Sibolboro. It is obvious No. 9 is not and easy green to land on.
Landing on No. 10 were Ken Liedes, Jess Wade, Eldon Harvey, Keith Stuart, Craig Jung, Buzz Rome and Spencer Han.
Another single scramble will take place Sunday with tee times starting at 11:10 a.m. Premium passes will be accepted. The entry fee of $30, plus greens fees, covers hot dogs at the turn and a spaghetti feed after play is finished. This is your last chance to hit two balls on every shot.
Kenai Golf Course Cafe Drawing
A drawing was held this summer at the KGC Cafe. The grand prize winner was Teresa Sibolboro, who won a golf bag. Winners who won sleeves of golf balls were Andy Anderson, Bob Bush, Andre Drake, Jim Bradford and James Strong. Bob Bush and Andy Anderson won the drawing twice.
Last Chance Partners Tourney
The Last Chance Partners Tourney will be Saturday with tee times from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pick your partner and play six holes of scramble, six holes of best ball and six holes of alternating shots. The entry fee is $15 plus greens fees. Premium pass holders pay no greens fees.
Participants must have a GHIN handicap or play scratch. Partners handicaps can have a maximum 10-stroke difference. Sign up in the pro shop.
Night Glow Golf
Glow Golf will be held at Kenai Golf Course on Sept. 26. Starting time will be 9 p.m. Sign up at the clubhouse for an event you will not forget.
Glow balls are available at the pro shop. It is always a night of fun and laughter. Get your four-person team together and show up dressed warmly to play in the dark!
Yours truly remembers playing in one of the first glow ball tournaments. At 1:15 a.m. the temperature was 15 degrees and play went on a while longer. Glow golf has had many much warmer years since that frigid evening. This year, we expect to have one of the most comfortable evening for the KGC Glow Golf Tourney.
Here we are again closing in on the end of another golfing season. Most are simply not ready for it. Many are looking forward to other endeavors and ventures. It had been by far one of the most unbelievable seasons, weatherwise, for enjoying Alaska's long summer days. Many of us choose to spend much of our time chasing that ball around the fairways. Yours truly believes the friendships sparked by the love of an old game are much more important than the game itself. The game brought us together, and the friendships keep us playing.
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See you on the fairway!
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