Bird Homestead Golf Report: Ladies get rewarded for sticking it out through rain

  • By Kelsey Slough
  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:08am
  • Sports

The only thing funny on Funny River Road is how fun golf can be out here. On Mile 11.8 the laughter and fun never stops at the golf course. With the nice weather it is important to squeeze in a round of golf in between fishing and camping.

Bird Homestead Golf Course is a great place to enjoy a nice round of golf, a bucket of balls at the range, or even just a sandwich for lunch. Are you visiting from out of town and need some clubs? Don’t worry, we have some for you to rent. The scenery from the course is remarkable. Stop by to enjoy a breathtaking round of golf at Bird Homestead golf course.

Ladies Night

Although we had absolutely awful weather last Wednesday night for the start of our ladies night, it turned out to be a beautiful evening. There was no stopping the hard-core female golfers, not even the pouring down rain. The ladies play every Wednesday night no matter what the weather conditions may be.

Within the first hour of our golf the sun made its way through the clouds, and we put the umbrellas back in the bags and continued our round of fun golf. First-place team was taken by the “young guns,” Kelsey Slough, Sissy Bird and Lauren Fraser beat out the duo of Pat Bird and Faith Link by only 1 stroke.

Long putt was won by Kelsey Slough on hole No.3, and long drive on No.9 was won by … can you guess? Yes, Kelsey Slough won first place, long putt and also long drive.

Ladies night is held every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. It is blind-draw, best-ball format. Skill level is not important at all. We play to have fun, and to get away from the men and kids for an evening. Come join the fun with us on Wednesday nights.

Men’s Night

Tuesday night there were an abundance of men once again for men’s night. Thirty-four men flocked the course to play a round in the shining sun. We had nine teams for the evening.

Closest to the hole on No. 6 went to Jim Ellar, as he was only 15 feet, 9 inches, from the pin. Forrest Woodland landed 37 feet away from the pin on hole No.8, winning him closest to the pin. Roy Bird hit an amazing drive on hole No.5 landing dead center of the fairway, winning him long drive on hole No.5.

Trevor Hordemann zoned in his golf game on hole No.2, getting an amazing pure eagle. Two teams came in with a remarkable score of 6-under par. After the legendary chip-off, first place went to the team of Scott Sundberg, Steve Skolnik, Dave Kerkvleit and Dwight Kramer. Second place went to Tom Newby, Aaron Brown, Trevor Hordemann and Jeff Gilman. With a score of 3-under par, third place went to Roy Bird, Max Carpenter and James Kozel.

Men’s night is held every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine. New men are always welcome to come and join the fun for an evening away from the wives and children. The format is best ball and blind draw. Don’t be discouraged if you are a new or less-experienced golfer, the men are out there to have a good time, and enjoy a round of fun golf.

Funny River Festival
Tournament Recap

The Funny River Chamber organized a remarkable tournament Friday. Although there were a few ugly clouds, lots of golfers showed up to play. There were 11 teams of four. The first-place team was the team of Marty and Paul Radvansky, Jeff Gilman and Trevor Baldwin. Second place went to Jim Legner, Tim and Dale Sandahl, and Craig Jung. After a four-way tie and chip-off, third place went to Dick Galloway, Chris Hafer, Rich Schmitt and Doug Morgan. Nolan Partridge won closest to on No.6, and Scott Sundberg won closest to on No.8. Long drive for men was won by Trayton Bird, and long drive for women was won by Ardie Crawford. Thank you to everyone who helped organize this wonderful tournament.

Upcoming Events

Kenai Peninsula Builders Association — Aug. 2 is the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association 4th annual “Golfing for scholarships” 18-hole, best-ball tournament. All proceeds benefit the KPBA scholarship/education fund. Cash and other prizes are awarded after the tournament, along with a barbecue catered by Black Jaxx Barbeque. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and tee-off at 10 a.m.

Carts and registration are limited so sign up early and don’t forget to reserve a cart.

For more information or to register, call the clubhouse at 260-4653.

Junior Golf Lessons

Need something fun for the kids to do? Tonight we have junior golf lessons at Bird Homestead from 6 to 8 p.m. All juniors between the ages 6 to 16 are welcome, no experience needed and clubs will be provided during the lessons. Rob Fraser and other association members will organize and teach these lessons. Parents can stay and watch, stay and play, or drop off and pick up.

These lessons are a great way for juniors to learn the exciting game of golf. We love seeing youngsters learn this wonderful sport, and why not have them learn for free? Who knows, they may even make it a sport and be good enough that they can pay their way through college by earning a golf scholarship.

For more information or to sign up, call the clubhouse at 260-4653.

Fun Fact Thursday

Many professional golfers are superstitious. Nancy Lopez never uses a tee someone has discarded. Jack Nicklaus always plays with three tees and three pennies in his pocket.

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