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October 9, 2012

GLENMORE: Golf action stops for weekend

RICHMOND — This past weekend there were two golf tournaments planned, but neither one swung into action.

The day-night scramble at the BGAD Pioneer Golf Course on Friday was postponed until Nov. 2 due to two deaths.  Manager Jason Brandenburg chose to postpone this event out of respect for the family of J.J. Johnson, who died a couple of weeks ago and had participated in this scramble many times.

The other death was long-time member Buddy Whittamore’s four-year old grandson who died of heart seizure.

My heart goes out to the families of both of these good souls and may God be with them forever.

The Special Olympics at the Berea Country Club on Saturday was canceled due to lack of participation.

Chairman Whitney Maupin thinks the forecast of bad weather scared all the golfers away.

Ouch!

Golf is good therapy for a lot of things

I have a great love for the game of golf because it has kept me from being a cripple.

I have had a crippling form of arthritis named Ankylosing Spondylitis since I was the age of 30. This disease fuses the backbone completely from neck to bottom. By playing golf I have kept turning and at least have kept a couple of vertebrae at the top from fusing.

Thank goodness!  

The other is balance. Medicine, old age, and arthritis had made me walk like a drunk and a little unsteady on my feet, but when I bend over to hit a golf ball I am amazed at how much better balance I have than when I am doing some chore at home.

Stamina is another benefit of golf. The walking, breathing fresh air and exercise you get on a golf course makes you a stronger and healthier person.

My stamina is weird. I can walk a mile on a golf course and not get tired but a 100-yard walk in a mall shopping with the wife knocks me out!

Golf is good therapy for memory retention. I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday but I can remember every bad shot I hit on a golf course and what score I had on each hole.

Dr. Carl Cotman, a professor of neurology at the University of California, said that once a person plays golf for years and learns the golf swing they don’t lose that even when they get old and have dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Bert Hayslip Jr., a psychology professor at the University of North Texas who studied Alzheimer sufferers stated: “There is something about that game that imprints itself on people’s mind, not just the motion of the swing, but your score and the club you hit and how many yards you were from the hole.”

Gerry Benton, a golf pro in California, brought a group of Alzheimer patients to a putting green which he had set up to teach young children with a tic-tac-toe grid and a croquet like series of arches. The chance to hold a club and putt for a while was like a powerful mood-altering drug. It made them feel competent and generated periods of lucidity.

Swinging a club often sparks a startling transformation, however fleeting, that can make Alzheimer patients like regular folks again.

Golf is not only good therapy but it extends your life for five years. The Scandinavian School of Medicine and Sports Science did a study on the life span of golfers and determined they live five years longer than the average person.

 So all ye non-golfers that care about your health, you had better take this crazy game up and live longer and enjoy it more.  

Mahalo!

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