FORE! The Good of the Game
THREE RIVERS — All the area golf courses are well into league play, outings, fundraisers, and a few of them have lessons available.
Whether you are a beginner, mid-ranged, or advanced golfer, make your plans to play; summer is just around the corner and Island Hills, Pine View, Sauganash, and St. Joe Valley, all within a 20-mile radius driving distance. Island Hills is into the PGA Youth League Golf, the free program for youth ages 13-years-old and under. They are looking for two more young people who want to participate in the PGA Junior League for a great learning experience. Check out the website www.PGAJLG, or by calling 269-467-7261.
Pine View Golf Club is advertising several special incentives for golfers of all levels.
In the Tuesday Handicap Golf League, the 20 two-man teams played the Back Hemlock on May 23. The event winner for the day was Steven Scott for his closest second shot to the pin on the par 4, Hole No. 14.
After week six, the league standings are tight with Gary Cloud (45 for the nine) and Jack Rogers (48 for the nine) capturing 23 total points against Norm Frye and Del Barton. (Barton was absent due to a last minute medical problem). Cloud and Rogers lead the league with a 144-point total.
Only one point behind, in second place, is Mike Simpson and Jerry Simpson, with 143 points. They gained on the league leaders scoring a whopping 28 points with 38 and 44 scores, respectively.
Doolittle and Saldiver lost their matches to the Simpsons, garnering only 12 points for the day.
Include in your plans the Ninth annual BUBS 73 Foundation Golf Outing in loving memory of Chad ‘Bubba’ Hildebrand. All proceeds will benefit the Vicksburg School and community. Many prize-winning events will be included, plus all golfers will enjoy lunch and 18 holes of golf, plus brats and hotdogs at the turn. Don’t forget! This will include the Ninth Annual ‘Bub’s Club’ Cornhole Toss-off!
St. Joe Valley Golf Club is preparing the annual Jim Bedell Memorial Scramble, scheduled for Saturday, June 10th. See their ad and call for more information.
Don Powell said there are still a couple spots open on the Tuesday and Wednesday Ladies golf league. All other leagues are up-and-running and full. Don’t despair! There is open golf everyday of every week, weather permitting; that includes weekends! Don’t hesitate to call for tee times to reserve your place. No waiting. No disappointment.
One last reminder; enjoy a snack, meal, or drink in the clubhouse, before, during and after your day of golf at St. Joe Valley Golf Club. Don told me, “We have a fun golf course in really good shape, and the price is right.” He added, not to forget the couples ‘Drop In’ play on Friday evenings.
The new golf schedules, including the Tee Box Restaurant, and the totally updated, renewed and groomed golf course, provide an inviting, golfing atmosphere for the growing list of members at Sauganash Country Club. Most recently, they have made Thursdays a special day for open play to all goflers from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. For only $18, you can play 18 holes with a cart. That’s right! Only $1 per hole, if you think about it.
Watch for the 28th Annual Special Olympics, Area 18, Golf fundraiser for men, women, and mixed teams, sponsored by Sauganash Country Club and your local Walmart store. Call Lee Kamp, chairman, for more information at 269-823-8500. The event will be played on Thursday, June 22, with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.
If you want to keep up with what’s going on in the Three Rivers golf area, and what’s the complexion of the golf scene, keep reading the Three Rivers Commercial-News, and FORE! The Good of the Game.
(If you want to be involved in the golf scene and Fore the Good of the Game, call Jerry Wright, 269-816-3163 for information).