Atigun Cup decided at Kenai golf course

  • By Gordon Griffin
  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015 12:02am
  • Sports

It is hard to believe that the Atigun Cup, a season long points race comprised of nine tournaments, is over. This past weekend the play off pairings included Ken Liedes beating Doug Jung and Gordon Griffin beating Tommy Carver in the first round. By virtue of their point totals, Greg Harrington and Chris Morin received byes. In the second round Greg Harrington beat Ken Liedes and Chris Morin defeated Gordon Griffin. That set up the final match up between Greg Harrington and Chris Morin. By way of an outstanding round of 71 Chris Morin defeated Greg Harrington for the Atigun Championship in the Gross Division. In the third and fourth place match Ken Liedes defeated Gordon Griffin in extra holes. Congratulations Chris, on a job well done. It was a pleasure watching you shoot that final round, a 1-under par 71!

In the Net Division Skip Dove was the overall points leader and received a bye into the second round. Kirk Hyman and Mike Houghton played for the right to play off against Skip Dove in the second round match ups. Kirk Hyman defeated Skip, creating a final matchup between Kirk Hyman and Pat Bowen. In a hard fought match Pat won. Skip Dove received third place when Jesse Wade was unable to make his match. Congratulations to Pat for a great final match.

I would like to thank all the players in both divisions for participating in the Atigun Cup competition during this past golf season. Thanks also to Bob Sizemore and Atigun for their continued sponsorship of this event. We look forward to the Atigun Cup competition next year. If you would like to participate in this season long points race, contact Gordon Griffin.

Men’s Night, August 27

This past Thursday was “Big Thursday” at the Kenai Golf Course. The biggest turnout of the season participated in this event. The team of Greg Harrington, Roy Wells, Dusty Steinbeck, J.E. Wells and the team of Doug Jung, Charlie K, and Rahn Kerkvliet, along with the team of Brian Wodarek, Jim Webb, and Matt Hopson each tied for first place at minus-4. After a chip off, the team of Doug Jung, Charlie K., and Rahn Kerkvliet finished in first place. The team of Brian Wodarek, Jim Webb, and Matt Hopson won second place. And of course, the team of Greg Harrington, Roy Wells, Dusty Steuinbeck and J.E. Wells finished third. The team of Mark Azzara, Ryan Ellis, Jim Holliman, and Bill Haese finished fourth with a good score of minus-3.

What a great competitive night at the Kenai Golf Course! Closest to the Pin on hole No. 9 was won by Jim Holliman with a shot of 11 feet 7 inches. Hole No. 5 was won by Doug Jung with 7 feet, 3 1-4 inches. Closest to the Pin on the second shot on hole No. 7 was won by J.E. Wells with a shot of 11 feet, 9 inches.

Way to go guys! Sponsors for this event included Echo Lake Meats with a donation of an outstanding meat package, and Moose Run Golf Course in Anchorage which donated two 18-hole rounds of golf at their course. Thank you, sponsors, for helping this event to grow. Many thanks to Mark Azzara for running Men’s Night. Mark, you have done a great job. Thank you!

Senior League, August 25

Before I give the results of this event, it is very appropriate to thank Jerry Norris, not only for running the Senior League, but also for all that he does to help maintain the Kenai Golf Course. Low Gross was won by Dana Bassell with a great score of 36. Skip Dove won Low Net with a 35. Shortest Putt for this competition was won by Charlie K. with a short putt of 23 feet. Dwight Kramer won a skin on hole No. 1. Demie Moore won a skin on No. 3, and Charlie K. won a skin on hole No. 6.

Senior League, September 1

What an outstanding day for Ken Liedes! Not only did he win Low Gross with an even par score of 36, he also won Closest to the Pin on hole No. 5 wth a shot of 17 feet, 2 inches. If that wasn’t enough, he also won the only skin during the competition. Ken won so much money that I had to put a rubber band around it to hold all those one dollar bills together. Congratulations Ken! Low Net was won by Pat Bowen with a great score of 31. Way to go, Pat!

As you can see, the activities at the Kenai Golf Course are many. Men’s Night, Ladies’ Night and Senior League will continue through the month of September. On Sept. 13 is the final KGA Golf Tourney. I can’t tell you how beautiful the Kenai Golf Course is this year. The greens have been outstanding. The fairways and tee boxes are in their best ever condition. I would like to encourage you to come out and enjoy all the wildlife that have been abundant on the course. Sandhill cranes, moose, bears and herds of caribou have been plentiful. Come out and enjoy the great fall golf and stop by the clubhouse to stock up on clubs, balls, golf shoes and outerwear for next year.

As always, see you on the course.

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