Course remains open

Kenai Golf Report

Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2004

There are so many exciting things happening at the Kenai Golf Course! Several tee boxes are getting leveled, filled in and seeded and a new tee box is going in on No. 10. The present tee box on No. 10 will have two distinct levels after the fill is seeded.

Gravel has been spread around the clubhouse area. The newly rebuilt deck is having the finishing touches completed. Things are really looking up at the course and the new direction the course is taking is very exciting and obvious.

With a little over three weeks after taking the helm, Gordon Griffin is getting with it. Gordon is certainly taking an active roll on the grounds as he can be seen out working with the grounds crew. Just yesterday Gordon was out helping spread fill on the new No. 10 tee box and somehow the pro shop phone ended up under a couple tons of fill. And yes, they did call the number but heard no ring. Oh well, we needed a new phone anyway!

Men's Night

With the shorter days, men's night will start at 5:30 p.m. It will continue as long as the golf course remains open. Weather permitting the course may remain open into the early part of October.

The past week's winners included Mike Beals, Rahn Kerkvliet and Cliff Baker. The second-place team included Todd Eskelin, Rich Edwards and Paul Zimmerman.

Closest to the pin on No. 5 was John Davis. Slugger of the week was Cliff Baker with the longest drive on No. 4.

KGA Most Improved Golfers

The KGA awards the most improved golfers of the year. Participation, handicap improvement, number of rounds played and recorded are some of the criteria used to determine who the awards go to. Trophies for the most improved man and woman are awarded by the Kenai Golf Association but come from the United States Golf Association.

This year the selection committee announced the most improved 2004 lady is Teresa Sibolboro. The 2004 most improved man goes to Bob Bush. Congratulations to both Teresa and Bob for lots of playing and improvement on your game.

Night Golf or Glow Ball

This year the format was a two-person, nine-hole scramble. The brave golfers played until 2:30 a.m. It was 25 degrees as they chased those glow balls from hole to hole. The golfers wore glow necklaces, the balls glowed and the pins had glow sticks attached to them. It is not easy to play in the dark but the event has been popular for quite a few years.

Tom Bennett and Bill Coghill started it years ago and it has remained a favorite for the hardy, adventurous golfers.

The first-place team included Chris Sonnichsen and Tom Bennett. There were three teams that tied for second and third place. The second- and third-place winners with a score of 45 included the Dwight Kramer-Jerry Norris team, the Bill Burtram-Todd Eskelin team and the Dan Cabrera-Clayton Dolan team.

In sixth place was the team from the Peninsula Clarion that included Matt Tunseth and Will Morrow. There were two teams from the Clarion this year. Jeff Helminiak and Gary Kanakis made up the other team.

KGA Event

Over the weekend the Kenai Golf Association sponsored an 18-hole individual handicap stroke event. It was the fourth event the KGA held this season for its members. The weather was pretty uncooperative as it rained all day and the wind was chilly. Most of the fifty golfers were soaked to the bone and couldn't get to the clubhouse soon enough to warm up.

However, golfers remember the extremely dry golfing conditions we had this season. So, playing in the rain for a day wasn't that bad. Of course, that was said only after entering the clubhouse. It took yours truly two days to thaw out and warm up.

Low gross for the men was Felix Martinez with an 82. Low gross for the ladies was Rita Botelho with a 96. Actually, yours truly was the only lady to complete the 18 holes. The other ladies played nine holes and headed for the clubhouse.

First flight net winners were: In first place was Chuck Rupenthal; second place was Dwight Kramer and 10th place was Doug Jung.

Second flight net winners were: In first place was Wayne Cissell; second place was Roy Wells and 10th place was Buzz Rome.

Closest to the pin on No. 5 was Felix Martinez; No. 9 was Doug Jung; No. 10 was Gary Brumley and No. 14 was Felix Martinez.

The skin winners were: Cliff Baker, Karl Liedes, Ed Marsh, Mike Kebschull, Cal Larson, Gordon Griffin, Rene Alvarez, Felix Martinez (2) and Dan Cabrera.

Mike Kebschull waded into Morgan Creek to retrieve his club that had slipped into it. Mike was up past his waist in the mucky water.

Closing Thought

The golfing season is once again behind us. What an incredible season golfers have enjoyed. There are many pars and birdies still out there waiting to be carded. The course is in such great shape and as long as the weather is kind to the course, it will remain open. This coming Monday the back nine will be buttoned up. However, the front will be open to play on the regular greens.

See you on the front nine.

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