So, this 89-year-old guy shot a 72…

From the “make you feel bad about your golf game files:” An 89-year-old guy in Peoria, Arizona, fired a 72 at Westbrook Village Golf Club Lakes Course.  

I mean, if you aspire to shoot your age some day, which is already a lofty goal, consider this: Ralph Sleeper signed for a score 17 strokes lower than his age, per a report from


Ridiculous. Tiger-Woods-winning-the-1997-Masters level stuff. The average score for all golfers is in the 90 to 100 range, according to Golf Digest. You’re a legend, Ralph.

And it looks like Mr. Sleeper checked off another universal bucket list item; making it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Sleeper’s 72 would tie him with a pair of other 89-year-olds who shot 17-under 72s, James D. Morton and Keith Plowman, who fired their lightning-in-a-bottle rounds in Tennessee and New Zealand, respectively.

“It was one of those days where everything was going well.”

Ralph Sleeper

You’re damn right! When I’m 89, I’ll be happy if I can make it to the bathroom and remember my name. (Incidentally, if I can’t make it to the bathroom, I hope I don’t remember my name.)

To make you feel even worse about your game: Ralph Sleeper didn’t even pick up a golf club until he was 32. Working as a highway engineer in Minnesota, Sleeper began practicing four times a week and playing in local tournaments.

The now-90-year-old says his handicap is nine…and he made two holes-in-one this year (15 in his lifetime).


What a boss.

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