Golf Report: Classic ending at Birch Ridge

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010

This past Saturday, September 25 golfers were welcome to blue skies, sunshine and a bit of wind for the final tournament of the year, the Cold Weather Classic. Twenty-six couples took to the course, playing a scotch twosome, to see who could capture the trophy and maybe, just maybe, set a new Cold Weather Classic record. No record was set but Erin Bell, teaming up with partner Nick Horn, captured first place low gross with a round of 76 outpacing Tanna and Mike Chenault by three strokes. In the low net division, after a card-off, Leona Jackson and Gary Dawkins captured first place with Vicki and Mike Hollingsworth taking second place. The women definitely had their "game on" Saturday securing three of the four individual prizes. Sharon Keating captured closest to the pin on hole 6, just over nine feet from the hole, and Pat Bird put her tee shot 28 inches away on hole 8. Dave Keating captured long drive for the gentleman while Erin Bell took long drive for the ladies.

Senior League -- Twelve seniors showed up for the end of season party on Sept. 20 both eating and playing a bit of golf, too. Chuck Rider led the way with a net 29. Chuck also was closest to on hole 6 at 15 feet, 10 inches. Ray Hamby was close on hole 8 at 11 feet, 3 inches and also took the long putt on hole 9 sinking an 18-foot, 6-inch putt. Seniors will continue to play at 10 a.m. for the rest of the season unless frost delays tee times.

Tuesday Morning Ladies League came out to play and help Chiya Bizan celebrate her birthday on Sept. 21 and she showed she's still got game. Everyone played their own game and Chiya not only had the best score of the day but also had a great "bird" with a chin in on hole 8. Ladies will continue to play on Tuesday mornings, frost permitting. Belated Happy Birthday Chiya!

Tuesday Night Couples have been busy so there's a bit to catch up on. Mid month the couples played a four-club blind draw, best ball. The trick was 11 poker chips were marked with Put, PW, 9,8,7,6,5,4,5W, 3W, DR and placed in a hat. Then four chips were drawn. These were the only clubs that players were allowed to use while they went out to play their own game and circled the best net score for each hole. When all was said and done Sally and Del Hoagland outplayed the other seven couples with Sally and Steve Tachick capturing second.

The last couple's night was played last Tuesday on a very beautiful evening, sunshine and not too cold. The nine couples played a scotch twosome helping prepare them for the upcoming Cold Weather Classic. The twist -- the ladies had one mulligan, but had to use the mulligan on odd holes only, the men also had one mulligan but could only use it on even holes and then for conversation they were supposed to tell their experience with the mulligan.

There was a tie that was broken after a card off utilizing hole 3 - Sharon and Dave Keating along with Tanna and Mike Chenault both shot a net 30.

With the temperatures dropping the golf course could be subject to "Frost Delays." As we move closer to the shortest day of the year the course hours are adjusting. To check on both operating hours and if there are frost delays call the Pro Shop at 262-5270 prior to heading over.

The Birch Ridge Golf Association annual meeting will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Mykel's Restaurant.

Final thoughts

It was a great year at Birch Ridge Golf Course. The fairways and greens have been fabulous and remain in terrific shape. The benches and signs have been put to bed until next golf season but the course remains open. It's been a pleasure and honor to share the stories and experiences shared by the golfers during this past summer at Birch Ridge. And a final thank you to all of the personnel at Birch Ridge Golf Course for making it possible!

This Week's Events (Check in at least 15 minutes prior to the time shown below):

Monday - 10 a.m. - Senior League

Tuesday - 11 a.m. - Tuesday Morning Ladies

Birch Ridge Golf Course can be reached by calling 262-5270 or visit the web site at

Cold Weather Classic Tournament Scores (gross/net)

Erin Bell/Nick Horn 76/76

(1st place low gross)

Tanna Chenault/Mike Chenault 79/66

(2nd place low gross)

Sally Hoagland/Del Hoagland 84/61 (3rd place low gross)

Vicki/Mike Hollingsworth 84/60.5

(2nd place low net)

Rita Geller/Tom Walsh 85/72.5

Leona Jackson/Gary Dawkins 86/60.5

(1st place low net)

Denise Cox/Sid Cox 87/61

(3rd place low net)

Kathy Herring/Jerry Herring 87/66.5

Myrna Cowan/Pat Cowan 87/68

Linda Murphy/Dan Murphy 88/71.5

Susan Jelsma/Darell Jelsma 89/67

Jennifer Cowan/Tim Cowan 89/74

Karen Koester/Gary Williams 91/65

Jana Query/Jamie Query 92/69

Patty Weaver/Derrill Weaver 93/69.5

Sharon Keating/Dave Keating 93/70

Lore Weimer/Charlie Weimer 94/64.5

Dee Richards/Mick Reeves 95/69.5

Lisa Parker/Steve Horn 96/73

Pat Bird/Gary Effenbeck 97/73

Tanya Boedeker/Tom Boedeker 97/62

Andrea Frey/Lee Frey 99/73

Teresa/Eddie Sibolboro 101/80.5

Lisa Jackson/Scott Jackson 104/76.5

Kathy Gensel/Dave Stein 104/72.5

Gail McDowell/Harold McDowell 107/85

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