Golfing with Old Timers

As I age (gracefully?) I am taking more and more notice of old timers. Just like many others I am endeavouring to work out how some folks stick around for more years than others. In days gone by it was assumed that one would only live to about 70. To quote from The Bible: Psalm 90:10The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

A few weekends ago, I met up with Edgar Donaldson (92) and Ray Musto (94) and played 9 holes of above average golf at Hillside golf course in Mutare. The two of them religiously play together twice a week come rain or sunshine and walk the 9 holes edging each other on with lots of humourous banter. Edgar still has that easy swing that he used to have when playing off a 3 handicap 30 years ago – he shot 47 the Tuesday before. Both guys are typical of seniors in that they hit their drives straight down the middle of the fairway taking an extra shot to reach the green – and they putt very well knowing the greens like the back of their hands.

Ray Musto, Myself and Edgar Donaldson

Edgar’s secret – he does 1.5 hours of exercise several times a week and climbs the stairs of the tallest building in Mutare whenever he can. Another factor might be that neither seemed to  “Sweat the small stuff” – one of those characteristics that is so prevalent in our society. I’ve made a date to play again with them on Rays 100th birthday in 6 years time – any takers? Ray shot 52 on last Friday.

After golf we had a cup of coffee at Ray’s place nearby and listened as Edgar very ably played “Misty” on the Piano!

If you ever go down to Mutare on business or otherwise and have time for 9 holes of golf please give club manager, Kevin Woodward, a call (0774-087-711) and he will only too happy to help you out. Ciao Mike G.

PS whilst I would never advocate smoking these two gentlemen were raised in those times when puffing a fag was the done thing – they both gave up when they turned 50!

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