Kenai Golf Report: Catching up on Kenai Cup, Senior Open results

  • By Gordon Griffin
  • Friday, September 16, 2016 12:00am
  • Sports

With a busy season winding down, there is time to catch up on a few results from the summer.

Kenai Cup

The Kenai Cup, formerly the Atigun Cup, was very competitive and exciting this year. Final point totals in the Gross Division were Gordon Griffin with 90 points, Todd Eskelin at 67, Chris Morin at 58, Mark Azzara at 44, Mark Griffin at 38 and Greg Harrington at 28.

In the Net Division the point totals were Mark McComsey at 83, Kirk Hyman at 81, Keith Stuart at 72, Michael Houghton at 69, Pat Bowan at 60, Rene Alvarez at 50, Brian Wodarek at 33 and Chuck Rehder at 27.

In the playoffs in the Gross Division, Gordon Griffin received the first-round bye. Mark Griffin defeated Gordon Griffin, and then Mark Griffin defeated Mark Azzara. Chris Morin defeated Todd Eskelin.

In the final match, Chris Morin beat Mark Griffin, thereby winning the Kenai Cup. Mark Griffin finished second, Todd Eskelin finished third and Gordon Griffin placed fourth.

In the Net Division, Mark McComsey and Kirk Hyman received first-round byes. Michael Houghton defeated Pat Bowen. Kirk Hyman lost to Rene Alvarez. Rene then won over Mark McComsey. The overall Net Champion is Rene Alvarez in first place, with Mark McComsey finishing second. Michael Houghton won third place and Kirk Hyman placed fourth. Congratulations to all on a great Kenai Cup Playoff.

Kenai Peninsula Senior Open

In the first annual Kenai Peninsula Senior Open, Jesse Wade was the low net champion and the overall gross champion was Keith Stuart. Keith Stuart’s winning two-day total was 154 with a net total of 135. Jesse Wade’s total net was 140. Other notable net scores include Tom Reese and Michael Houghton with 143s; Charlie Kahakauwila at 146; and Chuck Rupenthal, Mike Kebschull and Bob Bush with 147s.

Congratulations to Keith, Jesse and all the seniors who participated.

In the 50 to 64 age group, Tom Reese won first place, Michael Houghton placed second and Chuck Rupenthal won third. In the 65 and over category, Jesse Wade was first, Charlie Kahakauwila won second and Bob Bush placed third.

Kenai Golf Association tournament

Todd Eskelin and Dave Litchfield won the final KGA Event of the season. Sept. 11, Todd Eskelin was the overall gross champion with a score of 82. In the net division, Dave Litchfield won first place with a net score of 73.

Three players tied for the remaining three spots, which were decided in a card-back. Rene Alvarez finished second, Jimmy Holliman won third and Keith Stasek placed fourth.

Closest to the pin at the fifth was won by Todd Eskelin with a shot of 11 feet, 2.5 inches. No. 14 was won by Rene Alvarez with 6 feet. No one hit the greens on Nos. 9 or 10, therefore there was a drawing for these prizes and Keith Stasek won No. 9 and Kirk Hyman won No. 10.

Again, I would like to thank Kirk Hyman for his outstanding work on behalf of all KGA members. The KGA events were well run and competitive.

This has been an outstanding season at the Kenai Golf Course. We have had many tremendous tournaments throughout the year and we look forward to these events next year. The course is in excellent condition. I would like to invite everyone out for some great fall golf. Many thanks to our crew: Dusty, Willy, J.D., Jerry, Michael, Dan, Charlie, Darryl, Devon and Austin for doing such great work this season. As always, see you on the course.

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