What a beautiful stretch of weather we are having! The Kenai Golf Course is in excellent playing condition. The greens are excellent, the fairways and tee boxes are in great shape.
The new brush hog continues to make a big difference in our fairways. We have finished the front side and are now continuing work on the back nine. Two more weeks and it will be finished.
The wildlife on the course is abundant. Moose, caribou and sandhill cranes are sighted frequently. I would like to thank everyone for the many compliments we have received on the condition of our course.
At the 2016 Junior Golf Championship at Birch Ridge Golf Course, two Kenai Golf Course junior golfers did exceedingly well. In the girls 8- and 9-year-old division, a six-hole competition, first place went to our own Evy Cooper, who shot an outstanding score of 42. Tate Cooper, also a Kenai golfer, finished third, shooting a score of 50. Congratulations Evy and Tate! Keep up the practice and the great golf.
Men’s Night, July 7
The first-place team, shooting a score of minus-5, was Max Dye, Roy Wells, Jerry Norris and Steve Fickes. At minus-3, the second-place team included Josh Kerkvliet, Bill Haese, Jim Holliman and Aaron Cooper.
The team of Tyler Yamada, Mark McComsey, David Farnando and Ronnie Zahaleski tied for third with the team of Doug Jung, Gary Brumley, Carl Wik and Jason Woodruff with a score of minus-2.
Closest to the pin on hole No. 5 was won by Jason Woodruff with a shot of 6 feet, 5 inches. No. 9 was won by Max Dye at 21—2. Closest to the pin on the second shot on No. 7 was won by Ron Zahaleski.
Men’s Night, July 14
The first-place team at minus-2 was Mike Houghton, Max Dye and Gary Early. They won in a chip-off with the team of Jim Holliman, Roy Wells and Steve Fickes. Three other teams tied with score of minus-1 and the team of Mark Azzara, Jason Woodruff and Clyde Reynolds won third place after a chip-off.
Closest to the pin on No. 10 was won by Max Dye with a shot of 11—5. No. 14 went to Bob Sizemore with a shot of 52 inches. Closest to the pin on the second shot on hole No. 18 was won by Clyde Reynolds with 16 inches.
I would like to thank our Men’s Night sponsors, which include Arby’s, Chevron, Big John’s Chevron, Salmon Catcher’s Lodge, Jersey Subs, Gas Land, Kenai Golf Course, Paradisos, Country Foods, Mykels and Kenai River Pizza. Many thanks to all the sponsors and to Mark Azzara for organizing the Men’s Night program. It is open to all men and begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
July KGA Golf Tournament
This event was played Sunday. Before I give the results, I would like to thank Kirk Hyman for organizing this event each month, and for all the work he does on behalf of the Kenai Golf Association.
The gross side pot for this event was won by Gilbert Arellano with a score of 84. Aaron Cooper was the net winner in the Ladies’ Division with a net score of 80. Lara Griffin finished second with a net of 81. Marianne Hyman finished third with a net score of 83. Good job, Ladies!
There were three winners in the Men’s Net Division, each with a net of 73. They decided to split the winnings. They were Gary Early, Charlie Kahakauwila and Keith Stuart. Skins in this event were won by Bobby Bush, Lara Griffin and Fickes, each with one skin.
Closest to on No. 5 was won by Todd Eskelin with a shot of 21—7. No. 9 was won by Gilbert Arellano with a shot of 21 feet. No. 10 was won by Bobby Bush with 15—3. Kirk Hyman won hole No. 14 with 11—3.75. Other notable net scores include: Bobby Bush 74, Ron Zahaleski 75, Gordon Griffin 78, Todd Eskelin 81, Keith Stasek 82 and Rene Alvarez 82. Many thanks to all who participated.
The July 5 and 6 Intermediate Ladies Clinic was a fun time for all. Participants included Trina Richardson, Irma Peterson, Debbie Griffin, Connie Wheat, Samantha Bingham, Gail Moore, Robin Nyce, Megan Cork, Kim Webb and Mary Armstrong. Thank you ladies. The next Beginning Ladies’ Clinic is July 25, 26 and 27. Call the clubhouse to sign up. The next Junior Clinic is August 1, 2 and 3. That clinic is limited to eight juniors.
July tournaments finish off with the Brown Bear Tournament on Saturday and the Monfor Salamatof Tournament on July 30. August sees the Kenai Peninsula Senior Open on Aug. 6 and 7, the Donnie Morgan Memorial Club Championship on Aug. 13 and 14, and the Kenai Open on Aug. 20 and 21.
Join us for a round of great golf, beautiful scenery and gorgeous greens. See you on the course.