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Kenai Course enjoys action-packed season

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What a great week we've had at the Kenai Golf Course. Thank you for all the positive comments and suggestions these last two weeks. As always, we will continue to improve the course in every way possible.

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The greens are rolling smooth and fast, and the fairways are in excellent condition. Next week Willy and Dusty will lower the greens for the cutting level. The greens will receive another dose of fertilizer and the watering crew will be busy all night making sure fertilizer gets into the ground. Brent and Patrick have been doing an excellent job of watering the greens and tee boxes all year. They have also enjoyed all the wildlife during their night shift. Thank you for your attention to all the details that make our course such a special place to play golf.

This past week we had three special golf tournaments. I would like to thank everyone who participated in these events, and thanks for all the positive feedback on course conditions.

Brown Bear Tournament Results

The winning team was Redline Sports at -9. Team members included Art Crawford, Vince Redford, Garrett Redford, and Kevin O'Fallan.

The second-place team was Arby's #1. They were also at -9 but lost in the card-off. Team members were Mike Navarre, Tony Granato, James Armstrong and Felix Martinez.

The Atigun Team at -8 took third place. Team members were Bob Sizemore, Caleb Sizemore, Jack Pecosi and Beau Forrest. The Closest to the Pin Contest on No. 5 was won by Rick Whitback. Adam Jannett was Closest to the pin on No. 9. Steve Murphy won on No. 10, and Ed Clark won on No. 14.

The Long Drive was won by Papapa Nicholas. Many thanks to Nate Kiel for running such an outstanding tournament.Thanks also to Tony Granato, who happens to be a Pittsburgh Penguins coach, for attending this event. Also, many thanks to the Alaska Aces organization for bringing down the Kelley Cup. And finally, thanks to the head chef, Duane Bannock.

Firefighters' Tournament

The team of Tommy Carver, Gordon Griffin, Rich Edwards and Doug Jung finished in first place at -10 after a playoff with the second-place team of Bob Sizemore, Caleb Sizemore, Mark Griffin and Chris Murray.

The third place team at -4 included James Dye, Mark Gillis, Mitch Mahurin and Craig Wortham. In the Closest to the Pin Contest, hole No. 5 was won by Gordon Griffin with 12 feet, 6 inches. No. 9 was won by Rich Edwards at 7-9. No. 10 was won by Doug Jung at 9-9, and No. 14 was won by Bob Sizemore with 18-4. The Long Drive was won by Rich Lundahl on No. 4.

July KGA Event

First Flight was won by Doug Jung with a 77, followed by Gordon Griffin with a 78. Second Flight was won by Charlie K. with a net of 71, followed by Jim Bradford with a net of 73.

In the 3rd Flight, the winner was Sid Cox with a net of 68. Second place went to Charlie Rehder with a net of 74. Closest to the Pin winners were Todd Eskelin on No. 5 at 19-7, Doug Jung on No. 9 at 14-6 and Sid Cox on No. 10 at 12-11. Closest to the pin on the second shot on No. 15 was won by Charlie K. at 24-3.

Atigun Cup Update

Gross Division: Gordon Griffin, 27 points; Doug Jung, 24; Mark Griffin, 22.5; Tommy Carver, 20; Rene Alvarez, 19.5; Chris Morin, 15; Todd Eskelin, 13.5; Ken Liedes, 9.5; Rich Edwards, 9.

Net Division: Bill Bushnell, 30.5 points; Mike Kebschull, 27.5; Ryan Hardy, 24.5; Charlie K., 23; Jake Eubank, 21; John Glidden, 18; Kirk Hyman, 15.5; Jeff Johns, 4.

Thank you

To Dwight Kramer and Bob Farrell for their donations to Junior Golf.

To Tommy Carver for his hard work on the Walker Cup. The Walker Cup will be played at Birchridge on July 21, 22 and 24. The Kenai Golf Course is the defending champion. Come out and watch all the action at the Birchridge Golf Course.

To Dan Irman for all your kind words of support. To Bob Sizemore for all your support since we have owned the course. To Craig Jung for always being available to help. To Ron Goecke and Mark Griffin for helping with our ladies clinics. To John Reagan for keeping our carts running smoothly.

Great Shots

Lee McDaniel chipped in on No. 16 from 70 yards Tuesday and backed it up with a chip in on NO. 1 from 90 yards. Great shots, Lee. Sandy, you need to step up to the plate.

Chris Murray had a great eagle attempt on No. 16 the other day. Doug Jung had a great birdie on No. 9. Tommy Carver had great birdie on No. 13 during the KGA tourney.

Charlie K. had a good birdie on No. 13 and also a great skin. Kirk Hyman had great birdie on No. 12. Lara Griffin had a great birdie on No. 1.

Ladies Clinic

Our third Ladies Clinic of the year got underway this week. Thank you, ladies, for participating in this event. The August clinic dates will be posted soon. Attention Ladies: over the years we have had more than 200 ladies attend our Ladies Clinics. In August we will have a Ladies' Blind Draw Scramble Tournament. If you are interested in participating, please contact the clubhouse.

As always, see you on the course.

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