Birch Ridge Golf Report: Course stays busy with weekly events

  • By Pat Cowan
  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 11:33pm
  • Sports

Birch Ridge Golf course has kept busy with regular events in the past week, and there is much more to pack in even as the calendar turns to mid-August.

Senior Men’s League, Monday — Eleven players all were playing their own net game. Low net went to John Davis with a net 31. Closest to on No. 6 went to Kevin O’Fallon, who also had the longest putt at the ninth. Closest to at the eighth went to John Davis. All men over the age of 50 with a current handicap are invited to join the seniors at 10 a.m. each Monday.

Ladies League, Tuesday — Nine beautiful ladies came out to golf on a beautiful, hot, muggy day. Cheryl Hammarstrom was low gross. Closest to the pin was Trena Richardson, longest putt was made by Louise Schadle and Cheryl Hammarstrom also won the mystery hole. Dee Richards chipped it into the hole at the eighth. It was reported that the ladies had a great time and are anxious for other ladies to come join them on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Men’s Night, Wednesday — Ten men braved the intermittent rain and played a five-person scramble. The team of Mark Baker, Trevor Baldwin, Earl Matthis, Tyler “Nuke” Yamada and Duane Tachick shot a 30 and beat out the team of George Stein, Jeff Selinger, Zayan Aberkane, Steve Tachick and Brad Carver, who shot a respectable 32. Steve Tachick won the closest to at the sixth and Earl Matthis won the closest to at the eighth. The pure birdie pot was carried over again, so there’s big bucks in the pure birdie pot.

Upcoming Events — Saturday will be the 12th Phil Turkington Classic, an 18-hole scramble sponsored by and to benefit Soldotna Elks Charities, which include Veteran’s Association and High School Scholarships. There is still room to play this Saturday in the Phil Turkington golf tournament. It’s a fun event!

The scramble has ABCD teams put together based on your handicap or average score. They are still accepting players. Good payouts and competitions, raffles and a steak dinner! Call the pro shop 262-5270, or John Anderson 398-0300 to get signed up today! There is also a Calcutta at the Elks Lodge on Friday evening to bid on teams.

The Birch Ridge Golf Association Bassackwards Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 17. Welcome to the hardest tournament in golf! Play Birch Ridge backward, yes that’s right, play the course in reverse on four-player teams. This is a fundraiser for the Birch Ridge Golf Course Junior Golf Programs (best in Alaska) and it’s a lot of fun to play.

Cost is $55 to non-Birch Ridge Golf Association members and $45 to members. Teams must consist of a total combined handicap of 60 or more (18-hole handicaps). You can build your own team, or we can try to build one for you. Visit the pro shop or call the pro shop at 262-5270 to sign up. Remember sdrawkcassaB.

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