Bird Homestead Golf Course hosted the fifth annual Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Tournament sponsored by Stanley Chrysler on July 17 with a full house. The tournament was a great success. There were several people to thank during this great fundraising tournament, several businesses and hole sponsors, several volunteers and all those that participated.
Stanley Chrysler provided the first-place prize, second place was provided by ConocoPhillips and third by Bird Homestead Golf Course.
The first-place team was Gilman & Associates, consisting of Sean O'Reilly, Jack Darcy, Steve Dexheimer and Rudy Zabanowski. Second place went to Denali Alaskan after a chip-off against Edward Jones (Ryan Kapp), which came in third.
The hole-in-one prize was presented by Stanley Chrysler and the closest person was Pat Bird at 20 inches from the cup. This only won her the prize for closest to the pin for the ladies on No. 8, while Steve Dexheimer won for the men. Marty Radvansky won the closest to on No. 6 and none of the ladies were able to land on the green from the tee box. The women's long drive went to Ardie Crawford for the women and Jeff Adamec for the men.
Monday's ladies night was beautiful and a lot of fun. I can say that because I actually won something. I was finally able to hit the green on No. 8 for closest to and was also on the winning team of Pat Bird, Marsha Stebe and Donna Lohrke, shooting 2 over. Sissy Bird had the long putt on No. 8 and Amanda Bird took long drive on No. 1. Ladies, we tee off Monday night at 6:30 and always have room for more.
Men's night on Tuesday was another success with 26 entries. The guys teed off at about 6:45, finishing around 9 with a chip-off for second place. First place went to Robbie Robertson, Roy Bird and Carl Forsyth, coming in 4 under par. Second place went to Greg Harrington, Mike Gardner, Justin Bird and Marty Radvansky, coming in 2 under par.
Jeff Gillman was the long-drive champion and Frank Keener took pure birdie on No. 2. Steve Blunk took the pot for closest to on No. 8 and Dave Kimura took closest to on No. 6.
Saturday is the Bird Homestead Golf Association Annual String Tournament. This is an 18-hole, blind-draw scramble starting at 1 p.m. The tournament is open to all and entry forms are available in the clubhouse. If you will need a cart, please call and reserve. There will be food and prizes following play.
Don't let the road construction stop you. We are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the course is well worth the drive. The greens are in excellent shape and Larry Hamilton and the grounds crew have been thinning some more of the trees in between some of the fairways, making it much easier to find your missing balls. Come give it a try at Mile 11.8 Funny River Road.