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Tallgrass Creek golfers form a league of their own

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August 24th, 2010

Jack Dritley has been golfing for most of his life. Now that he s retired, he plays at least twice a week and volunteers as a marshal another two days of the week. [caption id="attachment_13881" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Left to right: Jim Graham, Lucille Jones, Wanda Williams, Don Grady, Dale Albers, Lynn Brown, Jack Dritley, Herb McCauley. In front: Dick Yates, John Gaddis. (photo by David Gregory)"][/caption] Dritley and his wife, Esther, moved to Tallgrass Creek from Kansas City, Mo., because their four-bedroom, two-story house was more space and more stress than they needed. As they settled into their new lifestyle at Tallgrass Creek, the Dritleys got to know their neighbors over dinners at the community s Blue Sky Restaurant, where one meal a day is included in their monthly service package. Last fall, I was chatting with Don Grady at dinner, and he said he was a golfer too, Dritley recalls. I said, I bet we can find enough golfers here, why don t we try to organize a league? Dritley and Grady recruited several other resident golfers, and now the group has formed a league that plays 18 holes every other Wednesday morning. They meet April through October and play a different golf course each week. It s a good way to get to know people, and it is a lot of fun to go out and play with people in your own age group, Grady says. Dritley adds that the club has made its outings even more interesting by adding a little friendly competition. They collect $1 a week from each member, and every week the winning team takes home a prize like gift certificates to local businesses. The group has become so friendly that its members have decided to throw an end-of-season party, including all of the golfers and their spouses. Dritley says they plan to barbecue on a Sunday evening, and they will also award a grand prize to the best-scoring team of the season.