95 holes for 95 years

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Eleanor Nielsen has been golfing her age since 90 years old. This past August, she golfed 95 holes over five days, averaging 19 holes each day during the week. She began golfing regularly after retiring from 30 years of teaching. She takes it "day by day" now, but she enjoys playing and "the fun of hitting the ball." (Submitted photo)

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.

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  • The very first time I played golf, I scored a 67!

    Unbelievable, you say? It is the absolute truth. During the approach to the forth hole it got dark so we called it a day.

    -- Posted by MEMOBLACK on Sat, Oct 20, 2012, at 1:16 PM
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