Birch Ridge Report: Weather holds fate of course

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2002

It was a beautiful year at Birch Ridge Golf Course -- the fairways and greens were in great shape throughout the entire golfing season. However, as the leaves fall, the days get shorter and temperatures drop, the golf season is coming to a close.

To quote Pat Cowan, "the course is in God's hands and will remain open until there is either a permanent frost or snows sticks to the ground." Pat says one of these usually occurs around mid-October, but the course has stayed open as late as Nov. 5. From this point forward we'll play it by ear and see what Mother Nature deals us.

Men's Night

Fifteen men showed up to play Sept. 18 with the team of Mike Hollingsworth, Ezra Johnson and Todd Eskelin winning with a score of minus 3. Honors where shared among the participants with Rob "Pizza Boy" Smithwick taking long drive, Jay Kriner taking closest to the pin on No. 8 and Mo Redford taking home closest to the pin on No. 6. The men will continue to play men's night as long as the weather allows. Check-in time will be at 5:15 p.m. with a tee-off shortly thereafter.

Ladies Birch Ridge Cup

Ladies Birch Ridge Cup had the final banquet for the year Sept. 15 at Pat's Place, which is the snack bar in the pro shop. Steak dinner, salad and a variety of cheesecake desserts were on the menu for the evening. Winners for the year were Jan Stenga and Myrna Cowan. Second place was Barb Winkler and Lynne Reynolds after winning the playoff over Pat Bird and Rhonda Dittmer.

This year time allowed a second round robin of play in the Ladies Birch Ridge Cup. The winners of the second round were Tanna Chenault and Nan Weaver. Not to be outdone twice in one season, the team of Pat Bird and Rhonda Dittmer captured second place.

A special thank you to Jan and Myrna for chairing the cup the past two years. And they wanted to say thank you to all the ladies who played this past year.

Tanna and Nan will be the chairs of next year's Ladies Birch Ridge Cup.

Cold Weather Classic

The Cold Weather Classic Tournament was held Saturday under beautiful skies. While the wind was a bit blustery periodically, the sun was shining and the championship was great. Sixty golfers played the final tournament of the year, a scotch two-some. The two-man teams consist of one male and one female. After both partners tee off, the team picks the preferred drive and then alternates shots until you putt out the hole.

The winners of this year's Cold Weather Classic with a low gross score of 74 were Ann Farawner and Frank Persihetti from Anchorage. Second place with an 81 went to Carol Morgan and Mark Matarrese.

Coming in tied at 62 low net were the teams of Linda and Dan Murphy and Judy and Tom Walsh. A chip-off on the 18th hole decided the winner with the Murphy team taking home the championship in this year's final tournament of the year.

Pat Bird again showed her driving ability by picking up the women's long drive on No. 4, with Mark Matarrese garning men's long drive honors. Closest to the pin on No. 6/15 went to Mark Matarrese for the men and Lisa Parker for the women, while on hole No. 8/17 Tom Walsh put his closest to take the men's honors. Chiya Bazan took the honors on that hole for the women.

Closing Thoughts

On Sept. 22 Birch Ridge Golf Course lost a friend and fellow golfer, Bill Chenault. Throughout his many years on the peninsula Bill contributed a lot to our community and to Birch Ridge Golf Course. We are all saddened by his passing but will always remember him, his sense of humor, his playful spirit and his generosity.

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