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 AZCentral.com.
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.”
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.