Youngster develops love for game at Spring Valley Golf Course

REED CITY — Golf courses usually need many behind-the-scenes type of individuals to help make sure operations proceed smoothly.

Spring Valley Golf Course, between Reed City and Evart, has several persons like that including a middle school student from New Buffalo.

Josh Kay is staying with his grandparents in the area during the summer and helping out at the course. His grandfather, Don McGreehan, is secretary of the Monday Masters League and his grandmother Sharon McGreehan, is course manager.

He helps with the carts, runs errands, puts up flags for the leagues and performs other duties.

“I come here 9:30 to golf with my grandpa about every day,” Kay said.

He’s been golfing for seven years and said a 40 for nine holes has been his best score. He’s not sure of his average.

“I don’t really keep track anymore, I just practice,” Kay said. Golf remains his favorite sport.

But Kay said he also plays golf in New Buffalo when he returns during the school year. He’ll be in the seventh grade and also plays football, baseball and basketball. But right now, he has reason to enjoy his summer job.

“I like talking to people and playing golf,” he said.

Kay indicated driving is the strongest part of his game. He hopes to play golf when he’s in high school. Right now, he gets to play a lot every day. The more he plays, Kay acknowledged, the better golfer he’ll become.