Birch Ridge Golf Report: Junior camp closes, and a hole in one on Couples Night

  • By Zac Cowan
  • Friday, June 17, 2016 12:05am
  • Sports

The junior golf camp, hosted by the Birch Ridge Golf Association, came to an end today, pushing through 29 future golfers into the world. Everyone had a great time, with amazing weather! We couldn’t complain, even if we tried.

Big thanks to Dee Richards, Del Hoagland, David Brown, Myrna Cowan, and Anika and Katelin Richards for all of their help with the kids.

Junior golf tournament

Thursday is our BRGA Junior Championship. The amount of holes played and tees played from is based on your age. Those 8 and 9 play forward tees for six holes. The 10- and 12-year-olds play nine holes from the red tees and 13- to 17-year-olds will play from the green tees for nine holes. More sections can be added based on the number of participants. Come out! When kids compete, they grow! Sign up in the pro shop.

Upcoming Pro Am event

It’s back again! July 11, we are having our annual Pro Am followed by the All Alaskan Pro Skins Game. It is a fantastic event, with three amateur golfers playing with one golf professional in an 18-hole scramble. Call the pro shop or check out for information.

Now on to our club results for the week:

Monday Seniors

Eighteen players came out to play, only to be dominated by Darrell Jelsma (you know, the guy who lives here). He took low net at 32, and the closest to the pin at the sixth and eighth. Earl Matthis got a piece of the action as well, getting the longest putt on No. 9.

Tuesday Morning Ladies

The ladies went out in four-person teams, totaling 16 players (nice turnout!). First place went to Margaret Stanley, Vicki Hollingsworth, Tanna Chenault and Lisa Parker. Second place was taken by Rita Geller, Denise Cox, Chiya Bazan and Tanya Boedeker. It was a beautiful morning for the ladies.

Tuesday Evening Couples Night

We had eight couples come out to compete in “The waltz around the course.” Three holes are a scramble, three are best ball and the last three are Scotch double. It’s a fun and challenging format and keeps things fresh.

By far, the biggest news came out of couples night was the shot hear around the course! On No. 8, Del Hoagland hit an 8-iron from 153 yards and made a hole in one! Needless to say, he won the closest-to on that hole.

For the team, Tom and Tanya Boedeker won with a net 27, second went to Jerry and Kathy Herring with a net 29 and Del Hoagland, not being done with the ace, got third place with his lovely wife, Sally, shooting a net 30.

Dan Murphy had the best shot at the sixth, winning the closest-to there as well. Next week, it is, “Bring your own meat.” Whatever you want to grill up, we will make. I’m hungry already!

Wednesday Men’s Night

Eighteen gentlemen came out to battle it out in this week’s installment. Again, there was a tie for first between the teams of Tim Bowser, Mike Hollingsworth and Brad Carver, and Tom Hodel, Don Orsborn and Steve Fickes, shooting a score of 33.

Jerry Norris took his team on his shoulders at the fourth with a pure birdie, but it wasn’t with the longest drive. That went to Don Orsborn. Our iron studs of the night were dialed in, with Guy Hayes hitting it 4 feet, 10 inches, on No. 6 and Tom Hodel sniping down No. 8 with 4 feet, 1 inch. And yes, Tom made the putt. We are loving the turnout for the long-missing Men’s Night at Birch Ridge, and would love to see even more!

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