Greens covered for long winter

Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2002

The back nine greens are covered, and the front nine also will be covered soon.

The greens are so lush, it seems such a shame to have to tuck them away for such a long winter. It will be strictly up to the winter conditions to determine what happens to those beautiful greens when spring rolls around.

Thanks to Tom Allison, Eddie Sibolboro and Noel Widmayer for helping the grounds crew cover up the back nine greens.

There have been so many positive comments from golfers using the recently rebuilt driving range hitting area. The range mats are now on the ground level and sitting on sand, which allows for more give in the surface when hitting balls. It also feels more realistic hitting the balls on the ground.

Mark's new wooden retaining wall and planter, built around the birch tree, are loaded with lupine and daisies that will no doubt be blooming next season. The shrubs Carol planted around those birch trees are doing very well. I'm not sure when Carol discovered her green thumb, but her flower garden in the middle of the practice green and the wooden deck planters looked great once again all season.

Mark also did a great job on the pavilion area with the netting windbreak. The pavilion will be used for winter storage with new wooden portable sides. Next season the pavilion will be a comfortable haven from the wind and rain during tournaments or events held there.

Men's Night

The men who showed up for the regular men's night of golf on Thursday were extra eager since they had gotten rained out the previous Thursday. The men decided to play handicap stroke play. They have certainly enjoyed varying the format for the weekly event.

Todd Eskelin won the lowest net for the front nine. Todd also had the fewest putts for the nine holes. Gary Katsion was Slugger of the Week with the longest drive of the evening.

Hole in One Club

This season only one golfer carded a hole in one. It was James Armstrong, and he got it on No. 9. Other golfers who have gotten a hole in one on nine in the past are Craig Jung, Mike Morse and Jeremy White.

I noticed the Hole in One trophy hanging in the clubhouse went back to 1987 when Mike Dyer got the first hole in one of the course on No. 5. Five is the most popular hole in one green. Others who have also gotten them on No. 5 are Roger Covey, Terry King, Jim Bradford, Mike Mishler, Mark Matarrese, Barney Stalnaker, Charlie Schik, Jim Kimball, Greg Duggin, Billy Coghill, Ken Lipski, Shawn Kay, Loren Smagge, John Davis, Bill Bushnell, Jimmy Cartwright, Roy Bird and Joe Templeton.

Only one golfer carded two in one year. That was Gordon Griffin who got two holes in one on No. 14 last year. Others who have had a hole in one on No. 14 are Bob Drewes, Pete Sprague, Richard Cockcroft, Bill Brindle, Sandi Lockwood, Doug Rask, Dan Young and Carol Morgan.

Hole 10, of course, is the most fun for the hole in one since they can be seen or the screams heard from the clubhouse. Some of the Hole in One Club members who scored big time on No. 10 are Red Kenner, Geep Baranon, Nobuo Tsukada, Allen Lunda, Butch Anderson, Bill Engberg, Ted Heus, Nathan Lahnum, Robert Speakman, Don Morgan, Roland Redelings and Jerry May.

GHIN Stickers

The library has once again agreed to keep the GHIN handicap stickers there this winter. So, if you can't get into the clubhouse before it is locked up, get your year-end sticker at the Kenai Library. Thanks to the library for letting this happen. Many Kenai golfers go Outside over the winter to play golf and want to have their cards to take with them.

Recently Rated

The Kenai Golf Course was recently rated by Budd Clapper of Anchorage and certified by the Alaska Golf Association. The new rating will be reflected in the new scorecards that will be out for the 2003 season.

The rating is an, "Evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers under normal course and weather conditions for the purpose of providing a uniform basis on which to issue handicap indexes. The slope rating evaluates the relative playing difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers."

The men now have three tee markers to play from, each with a new rating. They are the blue, white and the new gold tee markers. It appears the course was more difficult than the original rating -- which doesn't surprise most regular golfers!

The women now have a set of markers (red) that will give them a greater chance of getting on the greens in regulation. Those women who choose to may certainly play from the gold tee markers that have also been rated for women.

A lot goes into rating a course and handicapping the holes. The numbers and figures and data collected are amazing. All are calculated to make comparisons from one course to another and having handicaps be accurate and useful.

Kenai Golf Association

The Kenai Golf Association will have its annual general meeting on Nov. 15 at the Paradisos restaurant in Kenai at 7 p.m. The nominating committee is currently calling on members to get involved in the KGA. The association is only as strong as its members. At the annual meeting the most improved 2002 golfers will be announced.

A newsletter and ballot will be out in the mail to all members before the annual meeting. This year the membership will elect three new board members. Let board members know if you are interested in helping with the KGA by getting on the board and becoming an active member. Members are always encouraged to get involved in the KGA if you want to have your say.

Closing Thoughts

Thank you to the Dick and Shirley Morgan family for another wonderful year at the Kenai Golf Course. It is quite obvious how much the golfers enjoy their time spent out on the course. Many are at the course daily. Can't imagine what many would be doing without the course. Golfers appreciate all the hard work, time, thought and effort that went into the course this season. The weather certainly cooperated and it was a great year to be playing at the Kenai Golf Course.

Check out www.golfkenai. on the Internet. It is constantly growing and evolving.

See you around town.

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