Kenai Golf Report: Tournaments are in full swing

  • By Gordon Griffin
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:13am
  • Sports

I would like to thank everyone for your positive comments about Kenai Golf Course this year. The course is in great shape. The fairways and tee boxes are lush and all 18 greens are full.

Next week, we will be cutting the greens to the lowest level. We are now playing on all the new tee boxes constructed last year. This makes an especially big difference on the third hole. The new tee boxes present a new challenge on that hole.

It has already been a very busy golf season at the Kenai Golf Course. Senior league is in full swing. We have already had three major tournaments. Ladies’ league and men’s night are underway, therefore there are lots of results to share with you.

Senior League – May 23: Low net was won by Skip Dove with a score of 34. Jerry Norris, Dwight Kramer, Doug Jung and Keith Stewart tied for low gross with scores of 42. Most greens in regulation was won by Dwight Kramer, Doug Jung and Jerry Norris, each with four greens. Congratulations, guys!

Senior League – May 30: Low gross was won by Doug Jung with a 38. Low net was won by Noel Widmayer with a net score of 30. Closest to the pin on the 10th hole was won by Doug Jung with a shot of 9 feet, 8 inches. Doug Jung also won two skins. Dale Sandahl and Noel Widmayer each had a skin.

Senior League – June 6: Keith Stewart won low gross with a great score of 2-under-par 34. Bobby Bush and Noel Widmayer tied with low net scores of 33. Closest to the pin on No. 9 was won by Bill Haese with a shot of 12 feet, 10 inches. Longest putt on No. 8 was won by Jerry Norris with a putt of 8 feet. Skins were won by Bobby Bush, Noel Widmayer, Doug Jung and Keith Stewart, each with one skin.

Senior League – June 13: Doug Jung won low gross with a score of 39. Low net was won by Jerry Norris with an outstanding score of 31. Closest to the pin on No. 5 was won by Dwight Kramer with a shot of 21 feet, 10 inches. Closest to the pin on the second shot on the seventh hole was won by Craig Jung at 8 inches. Doug Jung won two skins. Kirk Hyman and Pat Bowan each won a skin.

Thank you, Jerry Norris, for your continued work on our senior league.

The season’s first Kenai Golf Association Tournament was played June 4. For the first time ever, we had three divisions: a senior division, a ladies’ division, and a men’s division.

In the ladies’ division, Tammy Matturro won first with a gross score of 101 and a net score of 74. Second place was won by Wanda Bush with a gross score of 113, net 75. Marrianne Hyman won third place with a gross score of 112, net 82. Shawna Cooper finished fourth with a gross score of 114, net 90. Finishing fifth was Lara Griffin, gross score 125, net 101. Skins were won by Tammy Matturro with five, Lara Griffin and Marianne Hyman with two each, and Shawna Cooper with one.

In the senior division, Kirk Hyman finished first with a gross score of 73, net 64. Bob Bush and Bob Tepp tied for second with net scores of 69. Skins were won by Kirk Hyman (2), Bobby Bush (1), Noel Widmayer (1), Charlie Kahakauwila (1) and John Glidden (1).

In the men’s division, Chris Morin won low net with a net score of 72. He also won low gross with a gross score of 75. Todd Eskelin and Rene Alvarez tied for second with net scores of 75. Skins were won by Chris Morin with seven and Todd Eskelin with two.

Closest to the pin on the fifth hole was won by Kirk Hyman at 20 feet, 7.5 inches. The ninth was won by Gary Brumley with a shot of 4 feet, 10 inches. Chris Morin won the 10th hole with 2 feet, 6 inches. Kirk Hyman won the 14th hole with 20 feet, 3 inches.

I would like to thank Kirk Hyman, your KGA President, for his hard work on all KGA events.

Beginning Ladies Golf Clincs are scheduled as follows: Monday, Tuesday and June 28; July 10, 11, and 12; and July 24, 25 and 26. All lady golfers who want to work on basic skills are welcome to participate.

There is an Intermediate Ladies Golf clinic on July 17 and 18. It is a pitch and putt class held out on the course. You can never have too good of a short game. Class fee is $35. All ladies clinics run 6 to 8 p.m. Instructors are Gordon Griffin and Tommy Carver.

The first Junior Clinic is in progress, but kids 7 to 14 are welcome to sign up for the July 17, 18 and 19 class or the August 14, 15 and 16 one. All skill levels are welcome since classes are kept small. The instructor is Tommy Carver and $25 is the class fee.

I would like to extend a special invitation to all men to participate in our Thursday men’s night which starts at 6:30. Chili and door prizes are included. Gordon Griffin is facilitating the event. Bring your friends. Buy-in is $10, $2 for closest to the pin, and the last Thursday of each month is Big Thursday with a $25 buy-in and $5 closest to the pin.

The tournaments for the rest of June are the Morgan Kickoff Tournament on Saturday and the Brown Bears Tournament at June 30.

As always, see you on the course.

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