Bird Homestead golf column

  • By Kelsey Slough
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2016 11:27pm
  • Sports

The weather can’t get any better than this. It has been perfect golf weather, and Bird Homestead golf course has been coming along nicely. Larry Hamilton and the crew have been doing an amazing job getting the course ready for us this season. The greens look fabulous, tee boxes nicely trimmed and fairways gorgeous as usual. Although it is quite a drive out to Funny River road, it is well worth it when you make it out there, and 12 miles of beautiful Alaska wilderness keeps your mind off the long drive.

Men’s Night

Once again there was an incredible turnout for Men’s Night on Tuesday night. Thirty six guys took advantage of a fun night without women. Chris Rich had an amazing drive on No. 2, winning longest drive. Travis Robertson was a one-man show on No. 9 winning pure birdie. Nobody landed on No. 6, making that pot pretty big, and TJ Johnson beat out Dave Kerkvliet by only one inch on No. 8. The team finishing on top with a minus-3 was the team of Aaron Blackburn, Jared Ramm, Mike Gardner and Richard Harmon.

Second place after the infamous Bird Homestead tie breaker, “the chip off”, went to the team of Steve Ellis, Mike Fastabend, JE Wells and Dwight Kramer. It took three chip offs, but Mike Fastabend finally hit the green, leading his team to second place victory. Dan Skipwith, Chris Rich, Garry Stubblefield and Dave Kerkvliet had to settle for third place.

Men’s night is every Tuesday night at 6:30, it is a fun night for men to enjoy golf without the ladies. It is a blind draw, best ball format, so no need to worry about your skill level, it’s all about having fun.

Ladies Night

Although we didn’t have 36, like the men did, Ladies Night was still a fun night. Margie Ubben was on fire, not only winning closest to on No. 6, but also winning Pure Birdie. Kelsey Slough, zoned in on hole No. 5, won longest putt. Faith link crushed her drive winning longest drive, and after we all finished we decided to call it a draw with plus-2 rather than doing a chip off. Ladies Night is every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m., and we love seeing new faces out at the course. Who wouldn’t want a night free of men?

Junior Golf Lessons

Our junior golf camp this year starts THIS Monday, June 6 through 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. It is a FREE golf camp, for juniors to learn this wonderful game of golf. Don’t let your kids miss out on this wonderful opportunity. Sign up at the golf course today.

Upcoming Tournaments

Sunday, June 12, is the Bird Homestead Annual String Tournament. It is an 18-hole scramble, blind draw tournament starting at 1 p.m. If you have never played this tournament, you MUST. It is a fun tournament that revolves around a piece of string, yes a piece of string helps you get a lower score. Sign up at the golf course today. Food and prizes will immediately follow the tournament.

To sign up for tournaments, junior golf lessons or the association, call Bird Homestead at (907) 260-4653.

Fact of the Day

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

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