Kenai Golf Report: Back nine closes Friday

Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2002

Oops! Here is the Kenai Golf Report that should have appeared in the paper yesterday. Since the golf course was so soggy and my golf shoes were drying out, I decided to attend a bed and breakfast slumber party at Longmere Lake Lodge. It had been quite a few years since yours truly attended such a gathering.

It was a beautiful evening on Longmere Lake and the water was glassy calm. We enjoyed a slow, relaxing boat tour around the lake with fall colors reflecting in the water. There were loons and swans also enjoying the evening along with eight gals who run B&B's in the area.

We snacked, played rummy and zilch, giggled, chatted, pampered ourselves with professional massages and laughed until the wee hours of the night.

That is really the reason I completely missed my deadline for submitting my Kenai Golf Report! I was having so much fun, I completely lost track of the days.

Men's Night

The men decided to play best-ball format again. All went out and played and kept track of the number of putts on each hole using their own ball. After entering the clubhouse, names were drawn for the best-ball teams.

The two-man team with the lowest score of the evening included Jerry Norris and Dana Bassel. They also had the fewest combined putts for the nine-hole event.

What an evening, Dana! Dana Bassel also had a pure birdie on No. 7. Todd Eskelin had the closest to the pin on No. 9.

I must let the readers know about one of the golfers who was the ONLY golfer who actually showed up ready to play on that last incredibly rainy and wet evening. Dana Bassel was the only "real man" of the evening as far as yours truly was concerned.

Closing thoughts

Mother Nature seems to close up the Kenai Golf Course each year when the leaves change colors. Most golfers are usually not ready to have our short season come to an end for another year.

The golf course is in such wonderful shape right now! It took lots of hard work all summer to bring the course to its present condition. Once again, it will be up to Mother Nature to cover the greens with an early, insulating blanket of snow before freeze-up. That early snow may keep the greens protected during the long, dark winter days.

If the weather permits, the last event of the season will be men's night Thursday. It will start at 6 p.m. There are only two days to get your last swings in at the Kenai Golf Course. The pro shop has a 20 percent sale on most items. The back nine greens will be covered up Friday.

See you in the clubhouse.

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