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SLV Couples Golf Group Completes 17th Year by BOB OSTERMAN

BACK IN LATE 1999 and early 2000, Kris Adden and Rosemary Grabe decided that they would like to put together an SLV couples golfing group. As they sat down and contemplated candidates for this eight-couple group, they wanted to include folks that really enjoyed golf, that were compatible with

others and that also liked to host dinners after golf. As these couples were being selected it became apparent that they were coming from many walks of life. There were salesmen, schoolteachers, a hospital administrator, an interior designer, a banker, nurses, a professional crafter, a legal secretary, engineers, a business recruiter and a

retired Army General. There being eight couples, from March through October, each couple hosts one monthly event per year including the in-home dinner after golf.

The group, known as “The Swingers,” has now completed its 17th consecutive year of golf, camaraderie and just great fun. Besides perhaps being the longest


SLV TENNIS AND pickleball begin 2017 in great shape. Both programs have shown growth in numbers and enthusiasm. Two “green netters” groups—one in each sport--encourage new players as well as players returning to the game after time away to refresh their skills and practice with others at their level. Thanks to Mike Lusby (tennis) and Charlie Athorn (pickleball) for spearheading these groups. Seventeen USTA teams represented SLV this past year. This is the largest number in the history of the tennis program. A word of recognition and thanks goes to the captains of these teams. Captains recruit, organize, and manage teams as well as oversee matches and work with captains of opposing teams. Not an easy job. In the spring Jerry Lowther and Jack Snellgrove each organized a men’s team. Becky Goodwin, Heidi Martin, and Fran Castle were captains of women’s teams. Fran’s team was the first age 70+ team here in the village.

Thanks to Paula LaMond, Heidi Martin, Mike Chandler, Darlene Bailey, and Ron Martin, there were 4 mixed doubles teams during the summer. Mike Chandler’s team brought home a State Championship and represented SC at the Southern Sectional Invitational Tournament in Arkansas in October.

Jack Snellgrove, Heidi Martin, and Guinn Lane were captains of Combo Teams. Guinn Lane’s 7.5, 55+ team represented GATA (Greenwood Area Tennis Association) at the State Tournament in November. Jerry Lowther’s 3.0, 65+ team also represented GATA at their State Tournament in

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lasting couples golf group in Savannah Lakes Village, it is interesting to note that seven of the current member couples are part of the original membership as formed back in the year 2000 . . . (We’d like to know if any SLV couples group has been together longer . . .?) Current couples, most of whom are pictured below, include Steve and Kris Adden, Bill & Kathie Essex, Gary & Sue Johnson, Bob & Cathy Osterman, Frank & Ada Rousseau, Dick & Roseanne Selby, Mike & Fran Slapak and General Sam & Linda Wakefield.•

November at Hilton Head. Three SLV players, Brian Aufderheide, Bob Harla, and Bill Reynolds, playing on a men’s combo team out of Gatewood won the SC State Championship for 7.5, 55+ men. January 28 will be an exciting, fun-filled evening at the Recreation Center when the Tennis/Pickleball Committee hosts it annual dinner-dance. With a new DJ, a delicious sit-down dinner, a silent auctionwith outstanding items, and surprisingly beautiful ambiance, everyone will be sure to enjoy the time with friends and neighbors. One of the special things about this annual affair is that players and their friends, players or not, join in the celebration of these two great sports. Tickets are available by calling Kathie Kase, 391-8023, Lana Snellgrove, 391-0026,or Bill McDonald, 391-5316. Bill will also be delighted to pick up any new or gently used items anyone is willing to donate to the silent auction. He is also excited about baked goods, dinners, or vacation spots folks are willing to donate. Money made from last years auction provided a cabana for pickleball and tennis courts, a super sopper for cleaning courts after rain,

spectator benches, footbaths for clay courts, and a ball machine for pickleball.

In addition to having a table at the Recreation Center Health and Wellness Fair on January 11, the Tennis/Pickleball Committee will be sponsoring a Pickleball Demonstration immediately following the Fair at 2:30. Pickleball players will demonstrate how to play and keep score and allow newcomers to the game to give it a try. Anyone interested in this game— one of the fastest growing sports in the country—come out to the courts directly behind the RC. Everyone is welcome!•

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