Gayle Spinazze is having a great summer on the golf course.
Last week, she outlasted Deb Horning, 5 and 4, to win Flight C of the Michigan Women’s Senior Amateur Championships at St. Clair Golf Club. The match-play victory also earns her recognition as the Times Herald Athlete of the Week.
“It was fun,” Spinazze said. “I went out to have fun. Everyone can have a good or bad day in golf. You just hope you come out on top when you have the opportunity. The No. 1 rule is to have fun.”
Spinazze, 57, of East China, certainly enjoyed the state amateur, but there were tense moments, too.
“The first two matches were tight, and my nerves were a wreck,” she said. “By the third match, I just wanted it to be over. I don’t know what happened. I played out of my mind in the final round.”
That mind-bending stretch of superb golf also provided a confidence boost.
“I like match play because you can blow a hole, and you are still in the game,” she said. “Anybody is beatable. I have been playing golf for 30 years, and I am still getting better.”
Spinazze now turns her attention to a Golf Association of Michigan regional event. She is a member of a four-golfer team looking for a spot in the national competition in September.
“You put a team together of two men and two women, and you go out competing against other teams in a scramble,” Spinazze said. “It’s important that I putt well. I can drive the ball most times. I’m a decent driver, and my second shot is usually good. But my chipping stinks. Putting to me is more than half the game.
“But it’s always fun to play golf. Like the old saying goes, ‘A bad day on the golf course is better than a good day at work.'”