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November 13, 2012

GLENMORE: Live five years longer!  Play Golf!

RICHMOND — For the last four years I have been promoting the slogan, “Live Longer, Play Golf.”

The idea was spawned from a golf column I wrote in 2009. I had played in the Colonel Club Classic Golf Tournament, which is a fund-raiser for athletics at Eastern Kentucky University. I was paired with an 81 and 83 year-old couple, Jeanne and Jim Stull. (I was 86 at the time).

The three of us shot a six-under, 66, in the scramble. I was astounded at how well they hit the ball.

Wow!

Our combined ages totaled 250 years. In the article following the scramble I made this statement, “I believe playing golf keeps you younger.”

A couple of days after my column ran I received a call from a friend. She had heard on the radio that golfers lived five years longer than the average person. I went to the internet to seek verification of this statistic and found it.

The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports conducted a study on the lifespan of golfers and found that golfers did indeed live five years longer than the average person. They credited this to the fact that golfers are outside for hours, breathing fresh air, walking and engaged in a stress-reducing social activity.

There are a couple of more reasons why I think golf prolongs your life. In 1941 I played on a pretty good Madison High School football team. Of the 25 players there are only three of us still living and we are all golfers. Two of us, Wilson Bond and myself, shot 8’s the day after my 89th birthday.

The last reason why I am convinced playing golf leads to a longer life is this —  Since the age of 30 I have struggled with a form of arthritis called Anklyosing Spondulitis which ultimately fuses the spine. I firmly believe that the turning motion of the golf swing has kept that from crippling me and I am thankful to this wonderful game for that.

For the last four years I have been promoting “Live five years longer, play golf” but none of the media, golf publications, PGA or USGA has picked up on it. I have sent letters to several of these sources with no response.

If I had the know-how I would have put it on the internet.

I have been in the Eastern Kentucky University homecoming parade four years promoting the “Live Longer Theme” and the Professional Golf Management Course at EKU, but it has not attracted much attention.

The main thing I am trying to accomplish is to get more people to play golf as we need a big shot in the arm with the economy the way it is.

In conclusion I would urge all you non-golfers to head for the links and take up this wonderful game if you want to have fun, enjoy life more and live “LONGER.”  

Mahalo!

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