GOLF: Newnan man can drive, and putt, to 55
Glenn Sheeley – Staff
Saturday, May 15, 2004
For Newnan resident Steve Gilley, 55 is no longer the speed limit. It’s the best number he has ever shot on a golf course. Playing in his hometown of Martinsville, Va., at Lynwood Country Club last Monday, the 32-year-old mini-tour player shot a 16-under-par 55 that included a back nine of 25 — an eagle followed by eight birdies. Although not done in official competition and on a course measuring just more than 6,000 yards, the numbers are still staggering.
The magic didn’t last, though. Two days after the 55, Gilley could manage only an even-par 72 in local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Wallace, N.C., and failed to advance. “It’s kind of frustrating,” he said. “I go from making everything to where I can’t make a 5-footer.”
I played the Lynnwood course numerous times in my junior days. It was a very short, municipal-style course. Now the course rating is 67.8, and slope is 110. (I’d like to spend about a week playing it now to post some good scores!)