FORE! The Good of the Game
THREE RIVERS — The week started with rain at all area courses, with wind and cold temperatures. Tuesday, the same!
However, one of the longest running leagues at Pine View Golf Club played their third week, two-man teams, head-to-head.
Mike and Jerry Simpson each fired a 42, winning 14 and 15 points respectively, for 29 total. That puts them in first place with 77 points, only three points ahead of second place team, Paul Rench II and Scott Dolfman, with 74 points.
Wednesday was clear enough so the Mis Fits got their first night of nine-hole league play in. Also, the same night, Mark’s Automotive Golf League played. One of the smallest leagues, it is also one of the oldest; they are in their 27th year! Bob Reetz, from Three Rivers, won the week’s special event. Also from Three Rivers, almost making a clean-sweep of the prizes for the day, Dr. Paul Blank won both low gross (39), and low net (35). He was on his game, all right! He also won long drive and closest to the pin. While he nearly blanked everyone else, they were appalled. Good shootin’, Doc!
Another old timers league, Thursday Area Companies, has played the Pine View links for 31 years! Following ‘spring training,’ pre-season at The Dome in Schoolcraft, their league started April 27 with the wearing of flannel/plaid shirts. May 4, was to be wearing a hat or ski cap but guess what? They didn’t even show up with ‘rain hats’ because it was rained out. Do you think it was their first rain out in 31 years? I doubt it. (Ask 2016 league champs, Devin Bilek and Justin Mattox).
See Pine View’s ad for details of the May 20 ‘Relay for Life’ outing. The foursome 18-hole Scramble event will benefit The American Cancer Society.
Sauganash Country Club welcomed the area diners and golfers to the Tee Box Dining Room with a delicious menu displayed on the back page of the Friday, Three Rivers Commercial-News. Dinner began at 5 p.m. and then diners were entertained by Darcy Jones Band on Saturday, May 6. During the day, the St. Joseph County Conservation outing golfers brrrrrraved the cold temps. All in all, it was their first full day of golf and dining. Sunday was a little warmer for the member golfers.
Sauganash May happenings were in the ad, with Wednesday, May 10 scheduled as their first Men’s Day Stag of the year.
Then, in the dining room, I presume, on Saturday, May 10, students from Mendon High School Prom will dance away the evening.
PGA Junior League Golf at Island Hills, plus the national scene and website for sign-up, presents a fun, social, and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls, ages 13 and under, to learn and enjoy the game of golf from PGA and LPGA professionals.
Just as in other recreational youth sports, participants in the PGAJLG will wear numbered team jerseys and play fun, friendly, competition golf with other kids their age. JLG is bringing youth, families, and golf communities together like never before.
Rory McIlroy says, “I think, especially for young people, bringing them together in a team concept like PGA Junior League Golf and making them feel part of one goal, or one purpose, is incredibly valuable. They have the chance to accomplish something great, together.”
Join a team, today! See Island Hills’ classified ad, or visit www.pgajlg.com and see how to register.
Watch this paper for exciting news from St. Joe Valley Golf Course, and Don and Susie Powell.
If you are trying to decide ‘weather’ to play, or not, give your favorite course a call. Find their phone number in their ads and call for tee times, league or outing information, or ask about membership information; and of course (golf course), updates on playing status and availability as far as rain-outs, and what’s up with dining and parties.
If you’re on the same page with golf, as Jerome, keep reading. It’s all FORE! The Good of the Game!