"This is a fun game for me. I used to play 60 rounds a year, and I've shot my age 473 times. The only thing that has meant more to me in life than golf would be my family. I started playing in 1918 when a course was built on part of my father's farm in Kansas. It had sand greens, and the course wasn't much, but I was hooked right away. Golf has gotten me places that money would get other people. I played in the U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifier in 1941 and the U.S. Senior Amateur qualifier in 1965 at Shinnecock. If you learn the rules and etiquette and count all your strokes, there's no limit to what golf will let you do.
"As you get older, you can't get discouraged about how far you hit the ball. I have so many friends who complain because they can't hit it more than 125 yards. So what! If you keep from three-putting every green, you're going to be all right. But a lot of guys will say, 'I don't hit it anymore, so I'm quitting.' Well, that's a bunch of hooey. Keep playing until you can't bend over and tee it up.
"I've been working for more than 70 years. I sell these vitamins door-to-door, and I use 'em. No way am I going to retire -- I'm having the time of my life. I've been very lucky with my health. I'm hoping I pick up enough 97s this year to get the total number of times I've shot my age up to 500."