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aznjm
Feb 09, 2022
In Mature women who golf
As a former nationally ranked tennis player I took up golf at age sixty almost by accident. My husband asked what I wanted for this somewhat ugly birthday, and an unexpected thought popped into my head. “Let’s go to golf school”. Surprising even to myself, because I had always regarded golf as a dumb game for sedentary old people. So off we went to Stratton Mountain in Vermont Just in time for black fly season. No amount of “Off” kept these vicious creatures at bay, but after four days and several hundred bloody welts, I decided that golf might be a new mountain to climb, and for quite a while I never got out of the base camp. The first time I played in a “ladies day”, the format was stroke play. I shared a golf cart with an experienced, competitive, and impatient dragon lady who could not disguise her extreme annoyance as I whiffed my tenth shot into the bushes. When I finally holed my sixth putt, she asked my score . Brow furrowed, I said that I thought I had a 26. Hands on hips, she hissed, “you did not, it was a 27.” So here I am, more than 20 years and probably a thousand “ladies days” later. I play boring golf. Everyone tells me that it’s REALLY boring to see every ball go straight down the middle, but what choice does an 84 year old, 5 foot tall woman have? It may take me an extra shot to get to the green, but my short game is good. Early on, I realized that I would never outhit anyone, so I practiced chipping and putting ad nauseum. It’s fun to chip and putt. I certainly can’t play tennis with a good 24 year old, but I can play golf with my 24 year old 4 handicap granddaughShess She will only occasionally ask why I am always laying up, as she blasts her three wood about 200 yards over an arroyo. In short, golf has been the frosting on an aging cake. Blue skies, green grass, great friends, not too many dragon ladies. A true and serendipitous love affair !
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