Homer’s Morin wins Kenai Open

Homer’s Michael Houghton can still remember the first hole fellow Homer resident Chris Morin played at the Kenai Golf Course about 10 years ago.

Morin’s initial swipe at the notoriously penal layout was a duck hook that ended up on the tee box of the ninth hole.

“I thought, I’m glad I have another duffer to play with,” Houghton said. “He then clears the top of the trees, puts it on the green and two-putts for par.

“Welcome to Chris’ game.”

Morin used that ability to avoid the blowup hole to put himself in some rare air Sunday by winning the sunny and warm Kenai Open for the second-straight year.

Add that to his victories in the Donald R. Morgan Memorial Club Championship the past two years, and Morin has now won four straight two-day tourneys at Kenai Golf Course.

Gordon Griffin has owned the course the past nine years and played at the course for 15 years prior to that. He said he can’t remember anybody else taking four straight two-day tournaments in that time.

“He is just so consistent,” Griffin said of Morin. “He may take a bogey every now and then, or even a double bogey, but he avoids the big scores.

“He took two penalty strokes today and still had bogeys on each hole.”

Morin won with a two-day total of 11-over-par 155.