Spring season under way for Front Nine golfers

Greg Edge, Ojai Valley News contributor
Sixteen members of the Soule Park Ladies Front Nine Golf League opened their spring session with a fewest-putts mini-tournament.With March roaring out like a lion, gusty winds made the round more challenging than usual as the course is in excellent shape.  
According to the Soule Park regulars, the fairways have recovered and filled in from the drought conditions. While the greens are smooth and still very receptive, the constant strong breezes littered them with detritus often making for unexpected bumpy
All three places in this week’s tournament were numerically tied, so the card-off method determined prize winners. Laura Denne (first) and Mary Dial tied with 18 putts. Mitnee Duque (second) and Sherry Doyle had 19 apiece. Linda Bell (third), Carole Borland and Marcia Ford followed with 20 putts each.
The longest drive for the low handicappers was 204 yards by Denise Brennecke. Peggy Brown put one down the fairway 137 yards for the high-handicap squad. 
Seven nine-hole tournaments remain in this session along with a free golf clinic and an awards dinner. Interested golfers can call Duque at 272-8377 for more information or an application to play.
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