Popular glow ball tournament set to roll at The Bird

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2007

Hello, and welcome to Bird Homestead Golf Course, located 11.8 miles out Funny River Road. We can be reached at 260-GOLF. I apologize for no article last week. I typed it up, e-mailed it to the newsroom and somehow it got lost in cyberspace. So, unknown to me, they never received it. This article is a revision of last week's, so here we go!

Wow! Fall is definitely here. Each day I drive the road, you can see more and more yellows and oranges, and of course more and more hunters. So I haven't seen any animals, unless you consider the two-legged ones animals. As much as I hate to admit it, I believe the golfing season is almost over. What a great season it has been.

Our final tournament is scheduled for Saturday starting at 7 p.m. with a chili feed, and then teeing off around 8:30. That is right folks, not a typo, tee off in the dark. The Glow Ball Tournament has turned into a pretty big event. For $35 per person you get two glow balls and a glow necklace, your greens fees and a bunch of crazy fun! Come on out and sign up or call the clubhouse for more information.

Men's night on Sept. 11 was another fun night. Ten men filed into the caddyshack to see what team they would be on. Names were drawn and teams were sent off. The top team was Todd Eskelin, Paul Eskelin and Roy Bird. Closest to on No. 8 was Greg Harrington and long drive went to Justin Bird. Pure birdie and closest to carry over another week.

This past week on Tuesday found only four brave souls willing to paddle around the course. There were two teams of two, with Marty Radvansky and Roy Bird coming in with the low score. Envelopes are waiting for another week, some carry-overs, better come out and try and empty them. The men carry over anything to next season is no one wins them. Remember, 5:30 p.m. tee time. Come out and have fun. See you on Tuesday night.

Top of the Hill Gang was a rainout on Sept. 12. This past Wednesday found four players game to challenge the course. They played a red, white and blue format. The men found out that it isn't always an advantage to play from the ladies box. Judi Artman and Dave Kimura came in low score and Pat Bird and Jeff Gillman tagged along three strokes behind. More carry-overs again. Still one more week, come on out and share fun with these guys. It's Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.

Sept. 8 and 9 found a few of the Funny River players that also belong to Birch Ridge's association playing in the Combined Tournament held between Soldotna and Kenai. A new meaning to the words "water park." I have never been so wet playing golf as on Saturday at Kenai. Everyone was in the same boat (pardon the pun) so the best thing to do was just grin and enjoy the company. Some good shots, some bad shots, but overall when Sunday was over Soldotna came out on top, so they will hold onto the trophy for this upcoming season. 2008 will find us all out trying for the coveted trophy again for our respective courses. Thanks to all who waded through the rain to "have fun playing golf." Like I said earlier in the article, golfers are just crazy!

This past weekend was a work week for anyone wanting to help out on the course. Thanks to all who came out and helped with whatever Elmer had for them to do. Because of people like you this course will be one of the best around, not just because of the shape of the course, but because of the great people who care about it. Thanks! We also want to thank our groundskeepers for the hard work they have done this year. The course looks great! Come out and see the changes that are being made.

Give us a call at 260-4653 or visit 11.8 miles out some of the most scenic roads on the peninsula. Coffee is always on and the company is great. Each year brings new memories to recall about shots from the past. Kind of like fish stories, they just get better and better.

Enjoy your week, talk to you next Friday, in the meantime enjoy the time we have left on the courses and keep it in the short grass.

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