Sunday Scramble league keeps the fun going strong at Spring Valley

REED CITY — It’s among the most unique golf leagues around and Jeff Smith is running the show this year.

Smith is the new secretary for the Sunday Scramble League at Spring Valley Golf Course.

Golfers sign up during a half-hour slot in mid-afternoon. The league makes the foursomes. But the league is open to all golfers of all skill levels.

The final Sunday will be Sept. 21.

Smith retired May 12 from a postal career in Evart after 20 years. He’s been playing with the Sunday league seven years. There are usually close to 30 golfers in the league.

“When the weather gets nicer, we’ll probably be up to 40 or 45,” he said.

The weather has slowed golf seasons down to some extent this summer.

Smith takes care of the secretary duties.

“Something popped in my good foot,” Smith said, who has a prosthetic right leg. “So I haven’t been playing this year. The left foot is giving me problems now.”

He’s not playing which has prevented Smith from competing in other leagues. But his secretary’s job on Sunday keeps Smith in the thick of the action.

“It gives me the interaction with all the people,” he said. “That’s a good thing. You check them in you, draw the teams, you collect the money, you disperse the money.”

Once all the players have signed in, they’re placed on teams by random draw.

“We pay out for first, second and third place,” Smith said. “We put some proximity flags out and also do skins.”

It’s not a couples league at all.

“When we draw, if we draw a husband and wife on the same team, we go back and draw somebody else so they don’t play together,” Smith said.

The league started in May and goes for nine holes each Sunday.

The league consists mainly of Reed City and Evart golfers, along with some from Chase.

Smith figures most golfers come because of the uniqueness of the league.

“You get to meet a lot of new people,” he said. “You don’t golf with the same people every week. It’s a variety. That’s one of the things I liked about it too when I was playing on it.”

One of the golfers, Dave Erler, agrees.

“You don’t know who you’re golfing with and how good or bad they’ll be, but it’s fun,” he said.