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Old 07-07-2014, 07:29 PM   #1
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Played golf with a younger guy (late 30's) in the club championship this weekend and we shared the usual pleasantries about "what do you do for a living?" When I shared that I was retiring in a few weeks he looked at me and said, "You are awfully young to be retiring, aren't you."

He went ahead and whipped my a$$ in the match, but I still felt pretty good when I got home.
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:05 PM   #2
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Hahaha. I'd rather be a bad golfer and nearly retired than a working scratch golfer. Nice. : )
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:43 PM   #3
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As for me, I would prefer being a retired scratch golfer.
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:52 PM   #4
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As for me, I would prefer being a retired scratch golfer.
Just one of the goals...
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Now matter how you slice it you are a winner!
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Now matter how you slice it you are a winner!
Ouch!

Lowering my HI to a single digit is one of the big TO DO items for me when I RE. If I can't, I will un-retire and come back to work as a self imposed punishment.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:13 AM   #7
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"You are awfully young to be retiring, aren't you."
Really looking forward to the day I hear this... and I can say, "Well thank you very much!"

BTW, I'm a scratch golfer... scratching my head as I watch my ball go deep into the woods for the 3rd time on the same hole. This is why I don't golf anymore.
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Ouch!

Lowering my HI to a single digit is one of the big TO DO items for me when I RE. If I can't, I will un-retire and come back to work as a self imposed punishment.
Great goal! But I think that the proposed punishment is too severe. Maybe the punishment should be taking up tennis.

My first goal is to set a new PR for HI, best ever for me was 4.4 when I was teaching. Currently I'm about 9, so I have a ways to go.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the strongest competition at our club is in the 55-60 age group. Early retirees and folks who have reduced their hours have more time to practice and play before the inevitable decline sets in somewhere north of 65.
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Perhaps not surprisingly, the strongest competition at our club is in the 55-60 age group. Early retirees and folks who have reduced their hours have more time to practice and play before the inevitable decline sets in somewhere north of 65.
At my club the 60+ retired group not only play the most but they are also the group with the most sandbaggers (artificially high handicap). Never really noticed how bad it was until I retired and started playing with these guys regularly. Not so much a problem with the better single digit handicappers but watch out for those guys with a 15 handicap who regularly shoot in the upper 70's in tournaments.
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At my club the 60+ retired group not only play the most but they are also the group with the most sandbaggers (artificially high handicap). Never really noticed how bad it was until I retired and started playing with these guys regularly. Not so much a problem with the better single digit handicappers but watch out for those guys with a 15 handicap who regularly shoot in the upper 70's in tournaments.
I know what you mean. We have a couple of guys who always seem to be able to pull out a net 62 when they need it. Some of our sandbaggers can be explained by their drinking habits, they find it tough to break 80 when downing 8 or 10 beers during a round. When they are sober, not so tough.
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Since I ER'd five years ago my handicap index has come down from a 12 to as low as a 5. Currently a 7 index. It certainly helps being able to play pretty much any day of the week and to have the time to work on those little pesky things like putting and chipping which in the past I ignored in practice.
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I know what you mean. We have a couple of guys who always seem to be able to pull out a net 62 when they need it. Some of our sandbaggers can be explained by their drinking habits, they find it tough to break 80 when downing 8 or 10 beers during a round. When they are sober, not so tough.
That explains why my club's tournament winners are those 55 - 65 retirees.

DW & I came in 4th in 12 team field alternate shot tournament. It was DW's 1st ever tournament and it made her day (or week). Never mind the 27 stroke handicap we got as a team .
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