Bitely man holding his own at Spring Valley Golf Course
REED CITY — Jim Staton plays in two Spring Valley leagues this season and is getting another taste of summer golf.
Staton plays in the Monday Masters and Thursday Men’s Leagues. He’s been in those leagues for several years. He’s lived in Bitely 10 years and sometimes plays at Marquette Trails.
Bill Johnson is his Masters League partner. The league, which started April 22 and will wrap up Sept. 23, is open to men 55 and older.
Staton, a Kentucky native, has golfed for 30 years. His wife, Susan, is secretary of the Wednesday Women’s League at Spring Valley. He’s usually a 40s golfer.
“We’ve been to a lot of the other courses and I guess it’s just the people,” he said. “It’s not that easy. They use their trees as defensive weapons against golfers. Some places you get sand traps and water holes. Here, you get trees and water. You don’t have to hit it long, but keep it in the middle.”
The Statons occasionally play together and Jim smiles while saying Susan’s the better golfer.
“She whips me something terrible,” he said. “Her short game is pretty good. Usually, I keep it in the middle.”
Staton likes the Masters League because of its laid-back nature.
“It’s not so much about the money,” he said.