Golf

Rick Kalil hits a chip shot during the 2015 Kodiak Island Golf Championships at Bear Valley Golf Course. Derek Clarkston/Kodiak Daily Mirror

The Kodiak Island Golf Championship is turning 30 and for the first time the event will not be held during Labor Day weekend.

Organizers decided to shift the tournament a week before the three-day holiday weekend in hopes of drawing more interest in the island’s biggest golf tournament.

“The turnout has been so small the last three or four years and I’m just thinking that people are not golfing on the holiday weekend,” organizer Randy Ensign said.

Last year’s tournament brought out only 28 golfers and the 2014 edition had 35 golfers, a far cry from the 50 to 60 golfers that the tournament used to draw.

So far the move has not panned out as only 14 players have signed up for the two-day, 36-hole tournament that starts Saturday at the Bear Valley Golf Course. Ensign is hoping to see an influx of entrants in the next couple days.

“It is not unusual to see that happen,” he said. “Back in the day, when I first started golfing there were 50 people signed up.”

The tournament started in 1987 as a scholarship fundraiser for the Kodiak Noon Rotary Club. The Morning Rotary Club took over the event three years ago. All of the money collected goes to scholarships, while the winners get bragging rights as the island’s best golfer.

The tournament is wide-open this year, as the past two champions —Mike Currier and Rick Kalil — have both moved off-island.

Currier won last year’s title with a 36-hole total of 150, while Kalil, last year’s runner-up, won the 2014 title with a 151. There was not a women’s champion last year, as the only lady in the field competed in the men’s tournament.

James McCarthy, who died last year, owns the men’s tournament record with a 132, shot in 2009. Kriss Larsen recorded the women’s record with a 171 in 2014.

To sign up, contact the Bear Valley Golf Course at 487-5323. Entry fee is $35 plus green fees.

Men’s records

2015 — Mike Currier, 150; 2014 — Rick Kalil — 151; 2013 — Dustin Roberson, 152; 2012 — Mike Haymaker, 160; 2011 — Brett Larsen, 155; 2010 — Fred Barber, 157; 2009 — James McCarthy, 132; 2008 — James McCarthy, 139; 2007 — Steve Axley, 149; 2006 —Fred Barber, 151; 2005 — Bryan Stotts, 157; 2004 — Bryan Stotts, 152; 2003 — Fred Barber, 150; 2002 — John Sullivan, 157; 2001 — Peter Allan, 154; 2000 — John Sullivan, 158; 1999 — Art Bors, 150; 1998 — John Sullivan, 157; 1997 — Peter Allan, 157; 1996 — Art Bors, 157; 1995 — Dave Geddes, 155; 1994 — Luke Rooks, 118*; 1993 — Sam Litzinger, 162; 1992 — Casey Russell, 162; 1991 — Frank Tennison, 160; 1990 — Paul Holland, 156; 1989 — Rick Palmer, 162; 1988 — Rick Lindholm, 125*; 1987 — Dave Geddes, 173.

Women’s records (dating back to 1992)

2014 — Kriss Larsen, 171; 2013 — Kriss Larsen, 185; 2012 — Kriss Larsen, 176; 2011 — Kriss Larsen, 180; 2010 — Susan Schmeisser, 204; 2009 — Karen Lafollete, 199; 2008 — Susan Schmeisser, 196; 2007 — Sharon Horn, 183; 2006 — Susan Schmeisser, 190; 2005 — Sharon Horn, 178; 2004 — Sharon Horn; 2003 — Sharon Horn, 186; 2002 — Sharon Horn, 189; 2001 — Jennifer Fogle, 225; 2000 — Karenia Hackett, 197; 1999 — Karenia Hackett; 1998 — n/a; 1997 — Karenia Hackett, 194; 1996 — n/a; 1995 — Amy Rooks, 199; 1994 — Karenia Hackett; 1993 — Rhonda Preslor, 158*; 1992 — Bonnie Jones, 231.

* 27-hole totals

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