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by JOHN RHOADS Golf Committee

THE DAYS ARE growing shorter and cooler. The humming birds have left and the trees are donning their fall plumage. What does this mean? The 2016 golf year is coming to a close. In spite of a lot of spring rain and an abnormal number of very hot days, the season has been great!

The Golf Committee would be remiss, though, if we did not discuss some issues that cropped up this year.

1.Due primarily to the hot weather, Prime Time tee times REALLY became premium. For loss of a better term, there

were “blanket” tee times entered, but some members of these tee times failed to show up. EXAMPLE: a group of 20 would make five tee times for prime time and only 12 would show up. The result was our club lost two tee times that would have been utilized by other members. These other members had to take a later tee time or, worse, took their business elsewhere. In the worse case scenario, our/ your club lost revenue. To remedy this, please poll your players for firm commitments for the tee times that are being requested.


December always seems to fly by because of so many special activities. Because of the schedules, tennis players, pickleball players, supporters and friends of the games need to pull out those calendars to make note of some important events coming up.


THE THIRD SEASON of Intramural Mixed Doubles Tennis will fill the courts two afternoons a week as teams join in what has been great fun and good competition. Mike Sartain who organized the intramural program two years ago and continues to oversee it explained some changes for this year. “We are hoping to have players from all levels (USTA 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0) participate with both teams playing three lines each match. There will be a 5.5 line, a 6.5 line, and a 7.5 line.” Hopefully, this change will encourage more tennis players to participate knowing they will be playing at their level to keep the competition fun. The more teams involved, the more exciting the League will be. Mike is encouraging players to sign up in the book at the Recreation Center desk before Christmas. Teams will be set up in early January and play will begin the middle of January. Questions about the League can be directed to Mike Sartain, 864-391-2156.

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2. Did you know if we play a “breakfast” ball and enter our score for handicap purposes, the USGA says that score is

not valid? Occasional bad lies and tough breaks are part of the game. The USGA does not recognize or condone a local rule of year-around lift, clean and place. If we impose the legendary “root or rock” rule and later post our score, the score is not valid. Please note again that these rules are defined by the USGA. So what do we do? With regard to winter rules for valid handicap scoring, only the Club Pro can make the winter rule call. The root and rock call, two choices; play it where it lies or make an unplayable lie choice with a one stroke penalty. The current Club’s local rules are valid for USGA scoring.

Folks this is real golf. Many of us have gone to play other courses that demand you play the ball as it lies and then complained that we did not play well that day. WHY? We haven’t practiced real golf on our golf courses. So, let’s eliminate the above issues. We will all benefit. Let’s play the ball as it lies and play the course as we find it. See ya out there!•


THE TENNIS/PICKLEBALL ANNUAL Dinner-Dance, Saturday, January 28, is in the planning stage as the committee chooses the menu, brainstorms ideas for decorations, secures a new DJ, and begins collecting items for the Silent Auction. The Silent Auction for the third year has become the main fundraiser for the Committee as they work to join the POA in maintaining and improving our facility. Bill McDonald will be happy to take donations for the auction. Give him a call with questions or items to donate, 864-391-5316.


ANOTHER DATE FOR the 2017 calendar is January 11 when the Tennis/ Pickleball Committee will join with the Recreation Center’s Annual Health and Wellness Fair to present a pickleball demonstration. Details for this event will be shared in next month’s column. Make plans to attend.


THE INVITATIONAL SOUTHERN Sectionals for Mixed Doubles was held in Little Rock, AR, November 4-6. The Arkansas USTA teaming with the local league exhibited southern hospitality at its best with lunch provided each day

for the team members and assigning each team a Little Rock Team Ambassador. Our

Ambassador was a charming, young woman, Melissa O’Connor. She attended every match cheering on the team. She was available to answer questions about the tournament and the community, made dinner reservations, and even joined the SLV team for dinner. Asthe South Carolina State Champions in the 7.0, ages 55+ division, the SLV Team under the leadership of Captain Mike Chandler, played five round robin matches competing for a spot in the finals. The team had a slow start in the matches on Friday but improved as the tournament progressed with their racquets coming alive on Saturday. The team won their last two matches ending the tourney experience on a positive note. Team members joining Chandler were Suzie Kaeding, Jerry Campbell, Sally Perkins, Clark Stearns, Marsha Lusby, Bill Reynolds, Jack and Lana Snellgrove, and Kathie Kase. Spectators cheering the team on were Teri Reynolds, Mike Lusby, and Mike Perkins. The team agreed that sharing about Savannah Lakes Village is always fun on the courts and with folks on the sidelines.•

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