95 holes for 95 years
When she turned 90 years old in 2007, Eleanor Nielsen went up to the golf courses in Minnesota and golfed her usual five rounds of 18 holes over five days.
"I realized that year that I had just golfed by age," Nielsen said.
From then on, she's been golfing her age on her birthday. This year, in August, she once again hit the same courses for another week of golfing. This year, however, she finished 19 holes on each of the five days, for a total of 95 holes.
"I've been golfing since thirty," Nielsen said, "but not very much until I retired."
Nielsen taught school for thirty years, but after retiring in 1980 she joined a golf club with her husband, and played often with him. When he passed, she continued their shared pastime.
"When you get on a golf course, you forget everything except the fun of hitting the ball," she said.
At 95 years, Nielsen said she's slowing down, but only a bit. "When you get older, it's harder to putt," she said. "But I'm a pretty active person. I play it day by day."
She continued. "I didn't get to do all of these fun things when I was younger. I got a bit of a late start, but I'm having fun now."
Nielsen's secret to a good golf game, she said, is the tee.
"If I get a good tee-off," she said, "I'll do all right. Three years ago I got a new driver, and that helped a lot."
What's kept her going each year, however, is her love for the game. "I don't always get a good score, but I enjoy playing," she said.