Masters golfers on top of the action at Spring Valley
REED CITY — Ken Clark and Steve Smith are golfers who enjoy playing every Monday in the Masters League at Spring Valley Golf Course.
Clark is in his first year of league action.
“I just got a membership and I started playing,” he said. “He’s played golf 20 years but it’s his first year at Spring Valley.
“They’re a bunch of good guys,” he said.
Smith is his partner. A Big Rapids resident, Smith has been in the league for five years. The qualification is being 55 years or older. He also plays in the Tuesday night men’s and Friday night couples league.
“Everyone gets along,” Smith said. “It’s a little slower pace. Everybody looks forward to getting out Monday and playing. It’s very competitive. There’s very good golfers in this league.”
Smith averages in the 40s, but smiles when he says he wouldn’t consider himself one of the better golfers in the league.
“I’m average at everything,” he smiled.
His best nine-hole score is 37 at Spring Valley.
“I play all over the place,” he said. “But this one’s close. It’s my home course.”
Spring Valley is a unique course as far as Smith is concerned.
“The back is a little tighter, but the front is pretty open,” he said. “The back has lots of trees.”
Smith has been playing lately with a fractured knee cap.
“But it’s healing,” he said. “It’s from the last couple of months. That’s an artificial knee, then the knee cap cracks.”
Smith has played the sport 35 years. He likes playing with Clark.
“We used to bowl together years ago,” Smith said. “We went from bowling to golfing.”