REED CITY – Women's golf continues to thrive at Spring Valley Golf Course.

Cathy Smith has been running the Monday Ladies League for 10 years.

Smith has 41 women on her league roster.

“Depending on the weather, of course, a good night for me is around 30,” Smith said. “A lot of girls do have their little teams that can come in after work.”

Susan Staton and Joan Foote have been two active partners.

Foote has been a long-time member of the course.

Staton has played in the league 10 years. She's secretary of the Wednesday league for her second year. That league draws about 22 golfers. It has a nine-hole format with an option for a second nine

Staton has golfed around 38 years including 10 at Spring Valley.

“I started in Florida,” she said. “The (SV women's league) numbers are down a little bit this year. A part of that is the economy.”

Staton goes down south and plays during the winter. Overall she figures she plays twice a week.

Foote, who lives in Chase, has been playing around 20 years. Staton lives by Bitely.

Playing golf nowadays, “is more fun,” Foote said. “A friend brought me out here and said 'you're going to learn to golf.' They gave me a set of golf clubs and she said 'hit the ball.'”

The two women leagues “have been a lot of fun,” Foote said. “I've enjoyed it. That's why we like hot weather, warm weather and dry weather.”

She's had two holes-of-one on No. 12 about four and six years ago. “Sue was with me once and Don McGreehan was with me once,” she said.

McGreehan is secretary of the Spring Valley Monday senior men's league and also recently holed an ace.

“The first one was exciting,” Foote said. “Everyone was deaf after I got done screaming. The second one, I was shocked after it went into the hole.”