Kenai Golf Report: Harrington, Lara Griffin win Kickoff Tournament

  • By Gordon Griffin
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015 11:39pm
  • Sports

Lara Griffin and Greg Harrington won the Dick and Shirley Morgan Kickoff Tournament at the Kenai Golf Course on Saturday. Greg won low gross in a playoff with Todd Eskelin. Greg won on the third playoff hole. Both golfers shot a 78. Great job guys.

In the Net Division, Lara Griffin, Bob Bush and Todd Eskelin each shot a 71 net. In the playoff of the net championship on No. 10, both Bobby and Todd put their shots into the bunker. Lara put her shot pin high to the right. Lara Griffin hit an excellent chip shot and got up and down for a par and net birdie and won the playoff, making her the net champion.

Poor Todd, lost in a playoff for the gross championship and also lost in a playoff for the net championship. Todd, sometimes it just happens that way. Congrats, Todd, for a great tournament. Congrats also to Greg and Lara for an outstanding tournament.

Closest to the pin in this tournament was won by Pat Bowen on the fifth hole with a not-so-outstanding shot of 25 feet, 3 inches. Greg Harrington won the ninth with a less-than-stellar shot of 22—5. Tommy Carver won the 10th with an average shot of 13—10. Doug Jung won No. 14 with a good shot of 8—10.

During this tournament there were only three skins. Mark Griffin won a skin and Todd Eskelin won two skins. Second low net was won by Todd Eskelin. Third low net was won by Bobby Bush. Mark Griffin won fourth low net. Fifth low net was won by Gary Early, and Aaron Cooper won sixth low net.

Other notable scores in the gross division included Gary Early with an 85, Doug Jung with an 85, Bob Sizemore with an 87 and Mark Griffin with a great round of 82. I would like to thank the Navarre family for their generous support of this tournament. The late George Navarre was a great friend of Dick and Shirley Morgan. Thank you so much, Mike and family, for your generosity.

This past week was a great week for new golfers at the Kenai Golf Course. The Hook-a-Kid-on-Golf clinic was filled with 24 kids in the weeklong camp. A great time was had by all.

The following students graduated and are well on their way to becoming good golfers: Aiden Arness, Ethan Boyd, James Boyd, Maccoi Castillo, Rowyn Clucas, Leah English, Gregory Fallon, Joshua Foster, Summer Foster, Hunter Grenee, Naomi Green, Zachary Halstead, Tristan Jeffords, Gus Miller, Dallin Olsen, Landon Olsen, Jackson Purcell, Isaiah Ticknor, Matthias Travers, Owen Wicker, Talon Wicker, Brian Yindeethin.

The instructors for this program included Tommy Carver, Mary Armstrong, Jakeb O’Brien, Craig Jung, Doug Haralson, Ron Goecke and Gordon Griffin. This was a very special week for us all.

All students received a set of golf clubs, a golf pass to the Kenai Golf Course, and golf balls donated by Bob Sizemore. Each year we are amazed at the aptitude of these youngsters. We hope to see them at our new Adult-Junior Leagues, which play Thursday mornings and are free for them.

Speaking of Bob Sizemore, he was the site coordinator, and as always, did an outstanding job. Without his help and the support of Atigun, this program would not be possible. Sponsors for the event include Atigun and Bob Sizemore, the Kenai Bowling Association, Kirk Hyman and the Kenai Golf Association, and Gordon and Debbie Griffin. Thank you all for your generous support.

Men’s Night: June 4. The first-place team included Doug Jung, Greg Harrington and Aaron Walters. The second-place team was made up of Skip Dove, Keith Ackerman, Tommy Carver and Andrew Carver. Closest to the pin on the 10th was won by Tommy Carver at 6—10. Keith Ackerman won closest to the pin on the 14th hole with 15—0. Door prizes each week!

Senior League: June 2, 2015. Ken Liedes won low gross with a great score of 35. Dwight Kramer won low net with a net 29. Lowest putt total was also won by Dwight Kramer. There was only one skin recorded and that was won by Dwight.

Ladies Leagues: No results to report yet, but the ladies are gearing up for Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 12:30. Play your own ball and see who wins the mystery game! These are nine-hole formats.

The course is in excellent shape. We have had a lot of golfers from around the state and they all have said that our course is in the best condition in the state. I can only say that our course is in great shape and I really do appreciate all the positive comments.

Upcoming Clincs: The next Beginning Lady Golfer Class is July 6 to 8, 6 to 8 p.m. Junior golfers who want to participate in our next junior clinic, June 22 to 24, should sign up now. That clinic is also 6 to 8 p.m. The Intermediate Ladies clinic, which concentrates on getting onto the green, is June 25 and 26. There are a few spots left if you’d like to participate, but call the clubhouse now, 283-7500.

The Elks Tournament is this Saturday. This is a scramble format and registration forms are available, or call Bob Focose.

Please join us for some great golf. As always, see you on the course.

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