Originally Posted by frayne
*Really need to get that golf score below 80 on a consistent basis. *Hope to gain some useful insight by participating in this forum.
Frayne: Had to reach back to forage that quote from the archives.
Your name, plus a fairly good memory (about the important things)
allowed me to do so.
I retired in 1987 just short of being 50, my kids being pretty much raised at that point, and plugging in inflation (and no pension, or health ins.) had equivelent to your assetts.
I had a couple of things in my favor. (I knew what I wanted to do with my freedom, and a wife that was willing to move 600 miles away to allow me to do so.)
I was a low-handicap golfer (2), but never had the time to put in the range work, etc. that is required to get to the next level. The Senior circuit begins at age 50, so it was a mad dash to put in, sometimes 6 or 7 hours a day at the "range" to have the chance of competing at that level. When I was 52, I qualified for a slot
and my playing partners were Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodrigues, and Billy Casper.
I found that I could I could match them for distance, but the 30 something years of refining tournament play, and subtleties of the game that they refined over the years, was not going to be a realistic goal for me personally.
I have, since that time, confined myself to playing in non-professional tournaments that are driving distance for me.
I have mentioned a number of times on this board, that I have seen a number of retirements busted on the "boredom" and "ego" issues, but very few on the financial issues.
If you have a plan on what you want to do with the rest of your life, (and it sounds like you do),
then by all means do it.
Good luck, Jarhead