Scramble league remains popular for golfers
REED CITY — Rex Knuth has been keeping the show running smoothly at Spring Valley Golf Course for the Sunday Scramble League, one of the facility’s most popular summer-time activities.
Knuth has been league secretary for nine years. Each Sunday, the league puts the foursomes together for action during the afternoon.
“I’ve played on it for many years” he said. “There were other secretaries before me.”
Knuth has also played on various men’s leagues at Spring Valley
The Sunday league is open to anybody. There are men and women in each foursome which is decided with a random draw.
“There’s at least one woman on a team,” Knuth said. “I split the men between ‘A’ players and ‘B’ players. There’s at least one ‘A’ player on every team. I’ve determined that over the years by who they are because I know the people pretty well. You don’t have any partner (for the same week).”
Usually around 40 golfers show up for league play. On July 8, there were 52 golfers.
“On the average, I’d say it’s a little bit less this year,” Knuth said. “Normally over the years, we’ve averaged 44 to 48. When we get to wrap up in September, I usually get about 60.”
Golfers ”love this league,” Knuth said. “It’s because of the format, you play with different people every week. They win a little bit of money every week too.”
Knuth also plays in the league.
“People like playing with different people,” he said. “Everybody is so friendly.”
Knuth has played at Spring Valley regularly since 1986.
“I’m originally from Reed City and was gone for 20 years,” he said. “I play twice a week now. I used to play three times a week. I used to be a good putter. As I got older, I’m trying a belly putter. I’m not doing as well as I thought I would.”
His best all-time score is a 34 for nine holes.