On Sept. 8, the Birch Ridge Golf Course played the final Par 3 Tournament of the 2018 season. It was a beautiful evening and 12 teams of three competed.
The first team for low gross was Mike and Vicki Hollingsworth and Jay Kriner with a 2-under 25. Second place went to the team of Monte Roberts, Paul Zimmerman and Zayan Aberkane, who also shot a 25. The winning team was determined in a chip-off using only the driver. (Fun).
Low net was the team of Sally Hoagland, Gary Dawkins and Lori Riggs Bishop and second low net was Jessica Sundberg, Chick Kishbaugh and Ardie Crawford.
Closest-to-the-pin honors for the ladies went to Jessica Sundberg at the fifth and Ardie Crawford on No. 18. For the men, No. 5 went to Jay Kriner and No. 18 to Gary Dawkins. A barbecue followed on the pro shop deck and everyone had a great time.
The Men’s Birch Ridge Cup competition is over, with 13 two-men teams playing each other over the course of the summer. The event is an all handicap competition and match play, with handicaps computed by taking 70 percent of each golfer’s handicap then dividing by two (to figure the nine-hole handicap).
The winners for multiple times were the team of Mike Hollingsworth and Darell Jelsma, second place by just one point went to the team of Steve Hammarstrom and Tim Bowser. Third went to the team of Jerry Herring and Del Hoagland.
The ladies concluded their Birch Ridge Cup season by having dinner and awards presentations at Myrna Cowan’s house on Sept. 14. The dinner was prepared by Myrna Cowan and Lori Riggs Bishop.
The winners tied with the same number of points — the teams of Dee Richards and Cheryl Hammarstrom, and Rita Geller and Kathy Herring. Second place went to Sally Tachick and Leona Jackson. During the season the following players recorded chip-ins — Sally Tachick (twice) and Carol Morgan. Birdies were made by Sally Tachick and Carol Morgan. The players who could not come were sorely missed.
Monday Senior Men’s day – There were 11 men that played their own game, handicapped. Steve Tachick won with a net score of 29. Closest to on No. 6 was Kevin O’Fallon and on No. 8 was Sid Cox. Longest putt went to Robert Stiver.
On a gorgeous Tuesday, seven ladies showed up to compete in Poker Hand. Leona Jackson had five 4s. When I asked Denise Cox about that (there’s only four 4s in a deck) she replied, “Leona had a wild card.” Low gross and low net both went to Denise Cox.
Wednesday Men’s Night — Fifteen men showed up to compete in blind-draw, three-man scramble. The winners were Jay Kriner, Tom Hodel and Robert Stiver. Second place went to Derin Honda, Kevin O’Fallon and Earl Mathis. The long drive is a carry-over to next week. Closest to at the sixth went to Robert Stiver and the eighth went to Kevin O’Fallon. Pure birdie went to Robert Stiver.
The last tournament of the year is our Cold Weather Classic on Saturday. The format is a couple playing a Scotch Double, meaning you both hit your drive off the tee then select which one you’d like to hit and then alternate into the hole. Prizes are awarded for both low Gross and low net. Tee time is at 11 a.m. (depending on frost). There is an awards banquet after the tournament. Call or text Zac Cowan at 907-885-4653 or call the pro shop at 907-262-5270 or email Zcowan@pga.com.