Sue Bridgman is as competitive as they come on the golf course. But the Jackson Park Golf Course bookkeeper is perfectly fine with having never come close to recording a hole-in-one.
Sue Bridgman is as competitive as they come on the golf course.
But the Jackson Park Golf Course bookkeeper is perfectly fine with having never come close to recording a hole-in-one.
She enjoys being out on the course for another reason.
“There is a great group of golfers out here,” Bridgman stated. “I like to play in the ladies league on Monday nights and in the couples’ league on Wednesday nights. I have never had a hole-in-one or any of that fun stuff, it’s mainly just about getting out here together with friends.”
She started playing the game some 26 years ago with her husband, Matt.
“We lived in Southern Illinois close to another nine-hole course like this one,” she explained. “It started really as just something we could do together.”
Now anytime the couple travels, they make sure to pack their clubs.
“We like to travel with another couple and anytime we go somewhere we make sure we can get in a round,” Bridgman said.
How would she rate Jackson Park compared to some of the other courses she has played?
“I would say we have not come across any other place that has better greens than we do here,” she admitted.
She is also not afraid to admit she sometimes has a slight flaw with her natural competitiveness.
“I am a big competitor, sometimes to a fault,” Bridgman said. “If I don’t think I am playing like I know I should, then I get upset.”
She noted she usually shoots in the “mid 40’s” while playing nine holes at Jackson Park.
Bridgman also did not shy away from giving her thoughts on who is the better golfer in the house.
“Matt definitely is,” she said with a smile. “But I have beat him a couple times. But it takes him not playing very good and me playing really good.”
The 337-yard (from the ladies tee box) Par 4 No. 6 is Bridgman’s favorite hole on the course.
“I can shoot birdie on that hole better than any other hole,” she said.
The very next hole is her least favorite — the 128-yard Par 3 No. 7.
“I can just never seem to hit that green,” she admitted.
Affordability, proximity and upkeep are a few reasons why the Bridgmans make up two of the roughly 160 members at the nine-hole course.
“We live only about 15 minutes away, plus I work here in Palmyra so I can come here after work,” she stated. “The cost of membership is very affordable. It’s just really convenient and the new groundskeeper we have has the course in excellent shape.
“This is just a great game to play and there is no better course to play than here in Palmyra.”