Kenai Golf Report: Sun and rain does a course good

  • By Gordon Griffin
  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:25am
  • Sports

What a great week of golf at the Kenai Golf Course! Rain and sunshine, a great combination that continues to improve the course in every area. The greens continue to fill in and the tee boxes and fairways look better each day. Now all we need is a little warmer temperature to fill in that equation.

The last week has been a busy week, therefore, I will get right into the events. Before I do, I would like to thank Neal Baldwin and John Ragan for their great work on our carts. Thank you both, so much, for your dedication to the Kenai Golf Course. Also, thanks to Chris Kimball for his continued work on all our trails, especially on No. 3, which is a big, big project.

Many thanks to Doug Haralson for his continued work on our fairways and to Chris Murray for his work on our tee boxes and keeping them in great shape. Thanks also to Steve Honrud for taking care of the many fallen trees, felled by the windstorm. I also appreciate the hard work of Dan Young for building the viewing stand on No. 6. That made the course even safer.

I would like to thank everyone for all the positive comments concerning the condition of our golf course and the changes and additions we have made. We will continue to improve the course in all areas. We are always open to your suggestions.

Dick and Shirley Morgan Kick Off Tournament

Our gross champion for this event was Gordon Griffin with a combined two-day total of 161. Second low gross was won by Doug Jung with a two-day total of 165. Third low gross was Chris Morin with a two-day total of 168.

Our net champion was Michael Houghton with a two-day net score of 153. Second low net was won by Ken Liedes with a two-day total of 155. Third low net was Chuck Rupenthal with a two-day net total of 158.

Saturday Skins were won by Chris Murray and Doug Jung with two skins each. Greg Harrington, Gordon Griffin, Aaron Cooper and Chris Morin each won one skin. Sunday Skins were won by Eddie Sibilboro, Gordon Griffin and Chris Murray, each with one skin. Closest to the pin on Saturday: No. 5 won by Gordon Griffin with a shot of 10 feet, 3 inches. Aaron Cooper won No. 9 with a shot of 23-11. Michael Houghton won No. 10 with a shot of 10-2. He also won No. 14 with a shot of 11-3.

Sunday, the closest to the pins were won by Chuck Rupenthal on No. 5 with a shot of 11-2, Chris Morin on No. 9 with a shot of 16-9.5.  Greg Harrington won No. 10 with a shot of 9-10 and Doug Jung won No. 14 with a shot of 13-11.

I would like to thank Mike Navarre and Arby’s for their sizeable donation to this tournament. Mr. Navarre pointed out that if it were not for Dick and Shirley Morgan, the Kenai Golf Course would not exist. He is most happy to continue to support this event. It was strange not to have Shirley present at this event. We all missed Shirley’s positive attitude and her enthusiasm for the Kenai Golf Course. Thank you again, Mr. Navarre, for your support of this event and also for your support of the Kenai Open.

Hook-a-Kid on Golf was a great success last week.  Congratulations to all Hook-a-Kid graduates! Remember that our KGC participants are invited each Thursday to play for free at the Kenai Golf Course. We love to see you practicing and playing. Our thanks to instructors Tommy Carver, Mary Armstrong, Truckee LeMay, Craig Jung, Tammy Maturro, Derek Kaufman and Doug Haralson. 

Senior League, June 6

Low gross was won by Ron Frison with a red-hot score of 38. There was a tie for low net between Bill Davis and Jim Legner with net scores of 36. Congratulations, guys, for a job well done. Many thanks to Gary Brumley for filling in for Jerry Norris during his rehab from knee surgery. Jerry is doing better each day. He says he can’t wait to get back on the Kenai Golf Course. Jerry, we do miss you and hope your rehab continues well. Senior League is held every Tuesday at 9:30. All seniors are welcome. For more information, contact the clubhouse at 283-7500.

Men’s Night, June 5

The team of Tim Boronowski, Bill Haese, Greg Harrington and John Davis and the team of Brian Wodarek, Matt Hopson and Skip Dove tied with a score of 2-under par. The team of Brian, Skip and Matt won in a chip-off on No. 10 when Skip Dove put a shot 10 feet from the flag. Great shot, Skip! Long drive was won by Tim Boronowski. Closest to the pin on No. 5 was won by Brandon Wold with a shot of 11-10. Greg Harrington won closest to the pin on No. 9 with a shot of 19-0. Good job, guys. Men’s Night is held every Thursday night at 6 p.m. Come out and enjoy the great fun.

Ladies Night is Tuesday night at 6 p.m. The format is varied but always includes nine holes of golf.

Ladies Day is each Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Thanks, Tammy Maturro, for running the last two Thursdays in Debbie’s absence. Door prizes are donated by the Kenai Golf Course. 

The first Beginning Golfer Ladies’ Clinic was completed this past week. Thank you, ladies! Instructors Ron Goecke, Tommy Carver and Chris Murray did an outstanding job. The next Beginning Golfer Ladies’ Clinic is July 7 to 9. These clinics are for ladies who are beginning golfers or who would like a good review of basic golf skills. Teachers will help students with their long game, short game, sand traps, hazards and overall knowledge of the game. We keep it fun and low pressure and we have them playing the course on the third day of class. They even become proficient with power carts. No clubs? No problem. We have clubs to get them going. Class fee: $50. Students enrolling in another clinic receive a 40 percent discount on subsequent clinics. 

Intermediate Golfers Ladies’ Clinics will be June 26 and 27 from 6 to 8 p.m;  July 14 and 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a brand-new, on-course clinic for ladies who would like instruction on course management. In two days they will learn the finer points of playing each of the 18 holes from the red tees on the Kenai Golf Course. This is a great way to tune up your short game. Class fee is $35, which includes a power cart during class time. 

As you can see, this has been a busy week at the Kenai Golf Course.  We certainly hope that you will come out and take advantage of all that we offer at the course. This Saturday will be the Elks Tournament.

As always, see you on the course.

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