Kenai Golf Report

Packing up for the season

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2001

The Kenai Golf Course is preparing to shut down for another season.

The crew has been busy gathering up all the equipment, carts, and signs and storing them for the winter. If you would like to play another round, Thursday will be the last day to play the front nine.

The Pro Shop is having a great sale on clubs, bags and clothing.

The regulars have been squeezing in as many holes as possible. The days are getting shorter and squeezing in nine holes after work has gotten difficult. As I sat down to write this article I noticed many cars in the parking lot. They are getting in their last rounds and taking advantage of the sunny fall days we have been experiencing.

Here we are with another golfing season ending and winter just ahead. Here's hoping this coming winter is easier on the greens and fairways than the last one. A foot or two of early snow would be most welcome and just what the course needs to protect the greens.

Mixed Doubles

This week the team of Tom Vincent and Judy Buffington made a clean sweep in the Monday night competition. They had the lowest score for the combined team putts for nine holes. They also took the "mystery hole" which was hole No. 8.

This season there was a good showing of teams who participated in the regular Monday evening mixed doubles. The event started with tee times at 6:30 p.m. Next season the regulars will look forward to the event and invite all interested teams to join them.

Men's Night

The team of Jerry Norris, Cal Larson, Walt Kreiger and Bob Bird had a clean sweep in the Thursday evening golf event.

The format for the evening was stroke play so each played his ball from tee to green. Cal Larson got the only "pure bird" of the evening.

It seems the guys had some great scores and were excited about them. Of course they did confess they all used Mulligans whenever needed.

I recall a couple weeks ago when Walt Kreiger entered the clubhouse with a HUGE grin. He had shot his best score ever at the Kenai Golf Course. It was the first time he had ever broken 80.

That is what golf is all about. Each golfer challenges the course with every round played.

Golf Web Site

Those interested in golf can check out the golfing information I have included on the Web site I have been putting together at http://golfkenai.

I will continue to add and expand the site. News about the Kenai Golf Association is included. Tournament schedules will be updated as soon as the information is available. I will add a Kenai Golf Course Hall of Fame page that will include many great feats that have happened at the course, for instance, the hole in one list of golfers, the course records both pro and amateur, etc.

The Alaska Golf Association link was included for the schedule of state tournaments. I have the USGA Rules link, so anytime a rules question arises you may look it up.

I linked the GHIN Handicap System so you may look up your recorded scores (and any other golfers too).

There are links to Sports Illustrated news and golf news, golfing guides and many other links that may be of interest to golfers.

I would like the site to be interesting and helpful to golfers. If you have favorite golfing sites and would like to share them, let me know.

Help me make the site very useful and informative.

Closing Thoughts

We have much on our minds. There are no words that have been unspoken about what happened on Sept. 11. Many things may never be the same.

However, I will to go on enjoying each and every day to the fullest.

Recently, I found myself madly cleaning up my house and throwing away so much stuff up till then I thought was important.

After I loaded my pickup with all those boxes and bags of junk to take to the dump, I sat down and thought about what I had just done.

I fully know now, more than ever before, that whatever is worth keeping cannot be stored in boxes, in closets or on shelves. The things in life that are really worth keeping are stored in our hearts, memories and in our loved ones and friends.

Nothing else really matters.

See you at the clubhouse.

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