Birch Ridge Golf Report: Focus turns to pro-am and skins game

  • By Nolan Rose
  • Thursday, June 25, 2015 11:40pm
  • Sports

With the Alaska Golf Association Peninsula Jackpot in the rearview mirror, the tournament calendar turns its eye toward the Wells Fargo All-Alaska Pro-Am and Skins Game, which will be held July 13.

The Pro-Am pairs three amateurs with an Alaska golf professional for 18 holes of tournament golf. Teams take their best gross and net score on each hole for a “team score.” Prizes are also awarded for individual low gross and net. If you’re interested in participating in this year’s Pro-Am, please add your name to the waiting list in the pro shop.

At the conclusion of play there will be an awards ceremony and barbecue. Alaska pros will head out for a nine-hole skins game following the barbecue. Community golfers are encouraged to come out and watch the skins game. This is an especially cool event for junior golfers, who may get opportunities to caddy or watch their favorite pros play tournament golf!

For more information regarding the Wells Fargo All-Alaska Pro-Am and Skins Games, please call the golf course at 262-5270.

The golf gods have blessed two local golfers with hole-in-ones in the last week. Lorelei Mundell netted her first ace on the sixth hole from 140 yards out. Mundell’s weapon of choice? The driver! A day later Bill Coghill recorded his first “one” with a 3-hybrid from 180 yards out at the eighth. Pretty cool stuff! Congratulations to both.

Old Folks Golf

Seventeen super seniors came out to Birch Ridge on Monday morning to test themselves on the links. While most putted like Dustin Johnson from 12 feet to win a U.S. Open, ultimately Darell Jelsma emerged victorious. The unrelated Davis brothers, Gary and John, took home closest-to honors at the sixth and eighth. Mick Reeve rolled in the long putt at the ninth to garner glory and fame!

Tuesday Morning Ladies League

Twelve glamorous golfers strutted to the first tee Tuesday morning for another week of ladies league play. Kaycee Christenson proved to be the superior player over nine grueling holes. Christenson posted a gross 41 to capture low gross and net, the remaining women were left golfing for scrapes! Trena Richardson took home closest to at the eighth leaving her ball within 7.5 inches from the cup. Cheryl Hammarstrom rolled 14 putts to record the fewest putts.

Thursday Night Couples

Six madly in love couples ventured out in teams of four, waging battle against themselves and the golf course Thursday night. Tom and Tonya Boedeker paired Darell and Susan Jelsma for a T-1 finish. The equally impressive pairing of George and Sue Stein combined talents with the Chenaults, Mike and Tanna, to match the Boedeker-Jelsma foursome. The Cowans and Keatings combined to win this week’s participation award!

Joke of the Week

Bill and his wife, Sally, died and went to heaven together. They were met at the gates by an angel who showed them the place. Right over here, we have our very own golf course!

“Wow! It’s beautiful! Can we play it now?” they both asked.

“Sure!” said the angel.

The couple began playing. It was the most beautiful course they had ever seen. Everything was perfect — the fairways, the greens, even the rough. The more they played the more the woman beamed with happiness, but she noticed her husband was becoming disheartened and angry.

Sally confronted her husband on what was wrong. She said, “I can’t understand why you’re not happy. We’re in heaven! We’re together! We’re playing on the most beautiful and perfect golf course ever! What’s wrong with you?”

Bill replied, “If you hadn’t fed us those damn bran muffins, we’d been here years ago!”

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