Birch Ridge Report: Still swinging at Birch Ridge

Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2005

If you think Birch Ridge Golf Course is closed for the season, you are absolutely wrong. We don't close until the first snow flies; then we don't close unless it actually stays around. So no excuses for you—it's beautiful out there.

Those rascally seniors are still hanging around. They even manage to play golf. Monday's game ended with a three-way tie for low net score. Some say that Pat McElroy beat out Gary Effenbeck and John Tongen for the honors through a coin toss; some say Mr. McElroy picked the right number. (I think it all depends on who's telling the story. If a senior, they claim they don't have any coins to toss; if a younger —well, you get the picture.) Closest to for hole 6 was Steve Hammarstrom; hole 8, George McDowell.

The Cold Weather Classic —another all-time favorite —is slated for this Saturday. It's a great fall day for golf, rain or shine. And you're never far away from a warm fire. "Norwegian candles" are burned on every tee-box. (If you don't know what those are, don't bother looking them up —can't find a thing on them. You have to come see for yourself.) Tee-time is 11 a.m., with a great feast to follow. Season ticket holders pay $60; non-ticket holders, $85. It's a great day for couples; if one of the two is missing, round up somebody else.

Well, it's been short and sweet. I'll see you next year if I don't see you on the ski slopes this winter. Take care of your clubs, remember your follow-through for next season, and spend money —it's the Stuckey way!

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