Kenai Golf Report: Season is over at Kenai

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2004

As this last golf report goes to press, the front nine greens are being sprayed with fertilizer/fungicide and covered for the winter. As much as the management wanted to have the course remain open for regular play, it is just not feasible. For the last 17 years Mother Nature has been in full charge of both opening and closing the Kenai Golf Course. This season is no different and no matter how much we want to extend our golfing, it is just not going to happen on the greens.

The grounds crew will set up temporary pins close to the covered greens so the extra hardy (long johns and all) golfers will be able to get out and play on the temporary greens. Where have the last five months gone? How could they have come and gone so blooming fast?

Thank you to all the golfers who participated in the Kenai Cup, Mixed Doubles, Men's Night and yes, even those who showed up for Ladies Night. These activities will continue next season at KGC and adjustments in format and procedure will be made strictly with the golfers who participate in mind.

New management over the winter will give thought to the ladies and level of difficulty for the women just getting started with their golf game. Top on the priority list will be to complete the women's tees by elevating and leveling them. Thought also has been given to possibly having another level of tees to accommodate the ladies so the KGC would not be so intimidating to those gals getting started.

GHIN Stickers

Once again the last handicap GHIN stickers of the season will be at the city of Kenai library for the winter. They are important for those going outside to get in some play. The GHIN system goes dormant for the winter along with the plants and animals here in Alaska. Scores may be entered during the winter and hopefully, when spring arrives, the scores will be calculated into the system. GHIN stickers are needed for nearly all golf tournaments in most states.

Thank you to the Kenai library staff for keeping the stickers over the winter.

Kenai Golf Association

Once again congratulations to the most improved golfers at Kenai Golf Course for the 2004 season. Teresa Sibolboro and Bob Bush had a great year and took their golfing to another level. Both played many rounds and participated in tournaments and activities.

Congratulations to the 2004 Kenai Cup winners in the 12 weeks of nine-hole match play. Dave Ramsey and Ed Marsh will have their names engraved on the clubhouse Kenai Cup trophy and will be wearing the green champion jackets.

The KGA recently had their annual meeting and elections of the board took place. The board members are Dana Bassel, Tom Allison, Kathy Heus, Bill Coghill, Noel Widmayer, Shelley Ramsey, Don Moock, Eddie Sibolboro and Rich Edwards.

This year the KGA sponsored four individual handicap stroke events, which were held on Sundays. They put together a junior tournament and put on the Fall Classic Morgan Memorial Tournament. Thanks to the KGA board and all their hard work this season.

Men's Night

The past Thursday was the last men's night of the season. The team that took first place with 5-under included Bob Sizemore, Bob Reilly, Dana Bassel and Paul Zimmerman. Cliff Baker, Ron Stafford, Andy Anderson and Todd Eskelin took second place.

Hole in One Club

Congratulations to Scott Kempf, Dale Brodd and Bob Drewes, who each carded a hole in one this season. It is every golfer's dream to have a hole in one. Your names are engraved on the clubhouse trophy. There were many shots taken at the par 3s and only your three shots landed in the cup, although there is always much talk about how close balls may have come to certain pins.

Check out the site for pictures of golfers at KGC, results of 2004 tournaments and 2003 tournaments, Kenai Chrysler Junior Clinic and Pro Am pictures, Kenai Golf Association news and minutes archive, GHIN link to check your scores, golf rules, winter links for Alaska and Peninsula activities, golf jokes, Match Play pictures, Kenai Cup pictures, Hole in One hall of fame, Kenai Cup past champions and much more. There is something for everyone on the site.

Thank you for your comments concerning the site. If there are other links you would like to have me include on the site, please let me know. The site will continue to grow and evolve over the winter. If you are interested in a picture I may have snapped of you out on the course just let me know and I will e-mail it back to you in a reply.

Yours truly will look forward to hearing from golfers who play Outside. It was fun last winter to have a list of the courses played over the winter. This winter I hope to have the list grow. Please e-mail the course name so it will be added to the list of courses played.

Closing Thoughts

A HUGE thank you once again to Dick and Shirley Morgan for another wonderful season at Kenai Golf Course.

Yours truly hopes you never get tired of hearing how much we appreciate your Kenai Golf Course. It is a great place to spend time with others who also enjoy golfing.

Thank you to the readers of the weekly Kenai Golf Report for your words of encouragement and interest concerning the articles. Your positive comments keep me writing it. Have a safe and healthy winter and keep busy doing what you enjoy.

See you around town.

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