Kenai Golf Report: Tournaments ramp up

  • By Gordon Griffin
  • Tuesday, June 7, 2016 11:54pm
  • Sports

It is hard to believe that we are in the first week of June and we have already hosted two stroke play tournaments, four senior tournaments and three Men’s Nights. As you might guess, the course is in great early season condition.

The greens are filling in nicely. The fairways and tee boxes are in excellent condition. All the projects that we started last year, including the new trail system on No. 3, were not harmed by the winter conditions. We encourage you to come out and play the only 18-hole golf course on the Kenai Peninsula.

May Kenai Golf Association
Tournament Results

Low gross was won by Mark Azzarra and Todd Eskelin with great scores of 79. Low net was won by Aaron Walters with a score of 65. Second low net was won by Mark Azzarra with a 69. Skip Dove won third low net with a 72, and Todd Eskelin finished fourth with a low net of 73.

Closest to the pin on the fifth hole was won by Brian Wodarek with a shot of 10 feet, 9 inches. The ninth hole was won by Mark Griffin with a great shot of 7—.25. The 10th hole was won by Scott Woodland with an equally great shot of 7—2. Noel Widmayer won the 14th with 10—1.

Skins were won by Doug Jung at the eighth, Dave Kerkvliet at the 11th and Adam Treweiler at the 16th. The skin at the 17th was won by Kirk Hyman. Great job, golfers! I would like to thank Kirk Hyman, the KGA President, for his excellent organization on this event. Be sure to shake Kirk’s hand the next time you see him and volunteer to help him on his many KGA projects.

Dick and Shirley Morgan

Kick-Off Tournament

Thanks so much to Jerry and Wanda Carlson for providing the great macaroni salad for lunch. It was nice to see Dick Morgan at the course, supporting those who turned out for this event. I would like to thank Mike Navarre for his generous support of this golf tournament. He and Zan Corp are a major sponsor of all tournaments sponsored by the Kenai Golf Course. I would also like to thank Mark McComsey for his continued support of our tournaments. Mark Azzarra and Salmon Catcher Lodge have also generously supported this tournament.

Mark Azzarra continued his hot play, winning low gross with a score of 80, edging out Kirk Hyman and his 81. Low gross was won by Lara Griffin with a blistering hot 69. Mark Azzarra finished second with a score of 70. Third low net was won by Kirk Hyman with a 71, followed by Gary Brumley with a score of 72. Bob Tepp won fifth place with a score of 75.

As you can see this was a very competitive and exciting tournament. Congratulations to all who participated.

Closest to the pin on the fifth was won by Bob Tepp with an outstanding shot of 5—4.5. The ninth was won by Max Dye with a shot 16—.5 from the pin. The 10th was won by Mark McComsey with a shot of 9—1, and the 14th was won by Dave Kerkvliet with a good shot of 8 feet. Skins were won by Mark Griffin on the eighth and 11th, while Kirk Hyman won a skin on the fourth and Gordon Griffin won a skin on the 15th.

Ladies’ League

Ladies’ League has begun. All ladies are invited to participate in this nine-hole league which tees off at 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Lara Griffin is the organizer. If you want to become a better golfer, this is the way to lower scores. Learn how other women strategize the course and adopt what works for you.

Senior League

The Senior League, for ages 50 and above, tees off at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Here are the senior results from this year.

May 17: Thank you, Jerry Norris, for your continued work on our Senior League. Low gross was won by Noel Widmayer. Low net was won by Pat Bowen. Closest to the pin on the fifth was won by Jerry Norris with a shot of 5—7. Skins were won by Jerry Norris at the fifth and Pat Bowen at the eighth.

May 24: Seventeen seniors took to the course. Low gross was won by Craig Jung. Keith Stewart won low net. Closest to the pin on the second shot on the seventh hole was won by Kirk Hyman. Notable net scores included Gary Brumley with a 35, Pat Bowen with a 34, and Ron Frison, Noel Widmayer and Kirk Hyman each with low nets of 36.

May 31: Eighteen seniors participated. Gary Brumley won low gross with a 38. Pat Bowen and Dale Sandahl tied for low net with 31s. Longest putt on the eighth was won by Noel Widmayer with a putt of 12—11. Skins were won by Jerry Norris at the third, Gary Brumley at the fourth, Bill Haese at the fifth and sixth, and Jesse Wade at the seventh. Other notable net scores included Skip Dove with a 34, and Kirk Hyman, Dwight Kramer and Demi Moore with 35s.

In another Senior Event: Pat Bowen won low net with a 32. Low gross was won by Dwight Kramer and Noel Widmayer with scores of 39. Fewest putts on the entire round was won by Pat Bowen. There was only one skin and that was won by Noel Widmayer.

Men’s Night

Men’s Night is held Thursday at 6 p.m. Here are the results from this season.

May 25: The first-place team included Brain Wodarek, Bryson Lowe, Brian Lowe and John Lowe. Closest to the pin on the 10th hole was won by Skip Dove. The 14th was won by Brian Lowe.

June 2: The team of Mark Azzarra, Bill Haese, Roy Wells and Mark McComsey finished first with a score of minus-1. Second place was tied by the team of Tommy Carver, Andrew Carver, Richard Harmon and J.E. Wells, and the team of Josh Kerkvliet, Andrew McMannis and Kevin Stalker with plus-1.

Tommy Carver won closest to the pin at the fifth with a shot of 38—3. Carver also won the ninth with 21—9. I would like to thank Mark Azzarra for running Men’s Night. Arby’s, Big John’s Chevron, Jersey Subs, along with the Kenai Golf Course have provided door prizes for Men’s Night throughout the season. We appreciate their support!

Kenai Cup 

The Kenai Cup, formerly called the Atigun Cup, is up and running. After two events, the KGA May Tourney and the Morgan Kick-off, the results are as follows: Gross Division — Mark Azzarra 30 points, Gordon Griffin 25, Doug Jung 23, Mark Griffin 22, Todd Eskelin 15, Chris Morin 13, Rene Alvarez 9 and Greg Harrington who has not yet played in a Kenai Cup Event. Net Division — Kirk Hyman 26 points, Skip Dove 25, Mark McComsey 22, Brian Wodarek 20, Michael Houghton 14, Keith Stewart 14, Chuck Rehder 13, Pat Bowen 12, Chuck Rupenthal 11, Jesse Wade 11.

Beginning Golfer
Ladies’ Clinics 

The clinics will be June 27, 28, and 29; July 11, 12, and 13; and July 25, 26, and 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. These clinics are for ladies who are beginning golfers or who would like a good review of  basic golf skills. Teachers will help you with your long game, short game, sand traps, hazards and knowledge of the game. We keep it fun and low pressure, and will have you out on the course by the third class. You will even become proficient in power carts. No clubs? No problem. We have clubs to get you going. Class fee: $50. Class sizes are limited. Call 283-7500 to sign up or drop by the clubhouse.

Junior Golfer Clinics

Junior Golfer Clinics will be June 20 – 22; July 18 – 20; and August 1 – 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All boys and girls ages 7 to 14 are invited to take our junior clinics. Classes are limited to six students per instructor so youngsters get individualized attention appropriate to their skills levels. Teaching professional Tommy Carver instructs students in all phases of golf. Class fee is $25.

Intermediate Golfer
Ladies’ Clinics

Intermediate Golfer Ladies’ Clinics will be July 5 and 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a popular on-course clinic designed for lady golfers who would like instruction in course management and chipping. In two days you will learn how to get ON the green (not over it or short). Class fee is $35, which includes a power cart during class.

Up next at the course is the Elks Tournament on Saturday and a KGA Tournament on Sunday. Hook a Kid on Golf will then be Monday to June 16.

As always, see you on the course!

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