As a newcomer to golf, I have found a true passion. I had only played about 2 times with my daughter before moving to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2005. I had retired from teaching in 2000. I did professional development for teachers until 2013 when I REretired. I had joined the Ladies League at Lake Valley Golf and Country Club around 2010, but because I was on the road doing workshops, I did not play much.
In January 2013, I decided to really learn to play. My brother gave me a cart cover and I purchased a heater for my cart. I was on my way. I went out all winter. One day the flags were frozen in the holes and tees would not go in the ground BUT boy did I get some distance on my drives. I fell in love with the sport. I played many days that winter and come spring decided to take some lessons from our pro, Andi Taylor. Boy, was she patient and that was important to me as it made me much more comfortable and I learned many new skills. That year, I lost 60 pounds and played as many days as the weather allowed. 2014 ushered in a whole new life for me (my husband does not play, but he is my biggest supporter). I played in our ladies league, inner city league and many tournaments. My cart fee was $1900 that year which made me think I might need to come out of retirement to pay for my new found love.
This year, I have played or will play in 21 tournaments. Playing in these competitions has been a real learning experience and a true joy getting to know all others who love the game as much as me. As a 70 year old, my only regret is that I did not learn the sport sooner, but I feel I will play as long as this body will allow it.