Remembrance Day in Canada
Lisa and her husband Tracy have been in Las Vegas (Henderson) for almost 2 years and this is my third visit. Last year they leased a duplex but now they are in a new home. A golf course was sold to a developer and their house is on the land where the clubhouse once stood. In the neighborhood alongside the ‘new’ development is a community center and an elementary school. Less that 1 mile away is the historic old main street, Water Street, where you can find Henderson’s City Hall, restaurants, shops, and of course, off-strip casinos. It’s also home to an up to the minute dual hockey arena and facilities ‘America First Center’ – which makes the neighborhood feel like a small town.
My family was kind to escort me to the airport on September 13 and in no time, I was through customs and on my way to Las Vegas. With my mocha from Starbucks in hand I settled in for the three hours wait for our flight. A couple sat down beside me as our departure time was imminent and we started chatting. It turned out that they were from Regina, my old stomping grounds. We spent the next 90 minutes talking about what was happening in Regina including the Saskatchewan Roughrider football team! Thank you so much Lydia and Ken. When we arrived in Las Vegas I took the Red Train to Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport, Terminal 3. Tracy had my bags and Lisa came running with hugs. Home via Tacotarian.
On Sunday Tracy made a tee time for Lisa and Me at the Legacy golf club for 1:45 p.m. Tracy had just come back from Ohio where he had golfed as many games as days he was there. He declined golfing on this day and just rode on a cart. Lisa and I golfed 6 holes, but it was too hot – 95F and no breeze, stifling.
While I was in Henderson, I was busy doing odd jobs in Lisa’s office, baking different kinds of muffins, roasting vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onions, broccoli in the oven, making a variety of soups, working out with the Jane Fonda Fit and Strong video. I loved being outside with 72F temperature almost every day. Each morning I had my breakfast on the patio by the pool and almost every evening all three of us would enjoy the hot tub.
Lisa and I met Nicole at the driving range at Wild Horse golf club one afternoon. Lisa said she needed me to help her with her golf setup. I told her how you need to think of the golf swing as being completed inside a barrel. This will keep you from swaying backward and you won’t lose all momentum going forward. This she mastered in no time.
These are 5 tips I received years ago…
- Grip the club so lightly that someone could pull it out of your hands.
- Your stance should be shoulder width with the ball placed midway between your feet for all clubs except your driver.
- Turn your hips to take the club back. Don’t rely on taking the club back with your arms.
- Lift your left heel as you turn back and get up on the toe of the right foot to follow through.
- As you hit through the ball think of pushing the club towards second base.
Nicole told us she had been on a driving range once and tried golfing on a golf course once. I asked her if she wanted me to help her with her set up. She said, “please do” and I did. She also told me that she had played softball and I told her to finish towards second base. She then hit the driver long and straight. She would say, “I can’t do better than the last one” but more drives and more better drives were to come. Tracy, however, is not in need of my amateur coaching as he golfs around 78 or 79 golfing in a Men’s league Thursdays and Saturdays.
Tracy and Lisa
I took my Ping clubs to Golf Galaxy and had them shortened about an inch. They were senior men’s length and I thought I should have women’s length now that I am not as strong as I used to be. I had them re-gripped and I am happy with the results. Lisa is taking golf lessons at Golf Galaxy with Tara. She started on October 7 and is enjoying every minute. To start with Tara told Lisa that she has a good swing, and that is a great start. Tara’s husband Allan is also a teaching pro as well and golfs in the same league as Tracy.
Lisa and I stopped at the neighborhood jewelry store to have the battery replaced in my watch. The jeweler said he couldn’t replace the battery but said Gold Casters, another jeweler, would be able do the job. At Gold Casters on Water Street in old Henderson, they got to work on my watch right away. While we waited we were totally amazed at the long glass-topped showcases of estate jewelry beautifully displayed. We saw rings of every type of stone. The pricing was calculated for us on the spot, not per a price tag, as the shop sells by the current value of the gold and the precious stones. We’d never experienced that before. The staff here were so patient and as genuinely intrigued by these pieces as we were. In fact, it felt like exploring with friends. We had so much fun checking out all the different estate rings valued anywhere from $481 to $16,000. There was so much memorabilia on the neat shelving around the shop. In about twenty minutes a clerk told us that the two junior jewelers had tried to open my watch case to no avail and the head jeweler was now working on it. A few minutes later my watch was ticking away and the cost was $8.84. Can’t wait to go there again!
The Solheim Cup is a biennial team competition between the top women professional golfers from Europe and the United States. I spent a few NIGHTS watching the golf from Spain. Most tee times started at 11:00 p.m. Las Vegas time (8:00 a.m. in Spain). The first four matches were won by the American team so there was a lot of good golf by the European team to get back into the competition. It all came down to the final day. – Sunday. To start with, there was footage of the tall, lanky Carlota Ciganda, the Spaniard, signing autographs for her many fans BEFORE she golfed much later in the morning. I learned how Suzann Pettersen had kept her out of the Friday morning foursomes because she knew how Carlota had so many families and friends cheering for her it would be overwhelming and she needed to get used to the attention.
The singles were back and forth, one up, one down and really some good golf. I didn’t see the shank that Carlota made that caused her a double, but Suzann was there to whisper in her ear “psst, do it for your country and yourself!” And as Carlota said, “It was all a blur, I don’t even remember hitting the putt” that won her game with Nellie Korda. Great golfing and a great win for the European team.
2023 European Team
Thanks to family, friends and friends of my family for all the best wishes for my birthday. Bridget wrote: “We should all be so lucky to look this good at 89 years old! Happy Birthday to my Mom, who has gotten up every day with a positive attitude, always looking for ways to improve her golf game and ways to keep her brain sharp and her body moving. She has not led an easy life, she was never given anything she didn’t work for, she has faced some real adversity and come out on the better side of life. So, get up, move your body, challenge your mind and when things get tough fight a little harder, it sure seems to work for Mo! You’re a true inspiration. Love you.”
We wanted to go to Bottiglia for my birthday dinner but it was fully booked on October 7th so we had a Birthday Eve dinner there on October 6. The food was excellent, the waiter was patient, and the setting is so comfortable outside on the covered patio.
Last night of being 88
After a busy Saturday we ended up celebrating again. We were exploring the District once more and decided on going to a Pub but King’s Fish House got in the way so we stopped to have a look. It was very busy and all the booths were taken. We were directed to the bar area and found a table with stools. Big RED stools. Very comfortable. We had Fish and Chips. I can vouch that these were the best fish and chips I have EVER eaten in my life.
I took a late flight back to Calgary on October 13. I was so lucky to sit with Kevin and Tracey while waiting to leave Las Vegas. Kevin had lived in Regina, so we had lots to talk about and he was still a Rider fan. Thanks to my family for picking me up at the airport and taking me home.
I really enjoyed my time with Lisa and Tracy and look forward to my next visit.
Golfing in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains
Golfing in Kelowna and more fun
Sky Mountain with snow on Pine View!
The phone rang for this 87 year old. It was my daughter Colleen. She asked me if I knew the 2022 Alberta Seniors Ladies Championship was playing at Priddis Greens July 26 to July 28? I said yes, I had an email re the tournament. She said she thought I should play in it and she would caddy for me. I said I hadn’t played in a provincial tournament since 2007 when it happened to be at Priddis. Also my game has not been good the past couple of years. She asked if I could play three days in a row and I said that wasn’t a problem.
With the registration help from Colleen and the entry fee by Bridget I was in the tournament. Then I got to work on my game with my grandson Alexander via videos from LUXEMBOURG! Three visits to GolfFuture to hit balls from the second story with shots all recorded on a golf simulator. A couple of trips to a driving range and nine holes of golf at a Par 3 course (walking). My main problem over the years has been pushing the ball to the right, not slicing, just pushing. And other stuff needed fixing too especially stance, alignment and grip. I knew I had my work cut out for me I had not been playing good golf for some time.
I played a Practice Round on July 19 at Priddis, with two gals, Caroline and Tracy (who is playing in the tournament). Tracy was really helpful as she had played the course before, It was very, very hot that afternoon and we started playing at 2:05 p.m. Colleen caddied for me and checked my alignment, cleaned my clubs, and did all the stuff that caddies do! We four had a lot of fun and some good shots too.
Well now it is Sunday before the tournament starts on Tuesday.
I have done the physical changes that I hope will make for a more consistent golf game. Now it is time for me work on my mental game.
I don’t like to dwell on negative happenings in my life and even in my outside world. It can make you miserable and it doesn’t help you manage the situation. Even with this Covid pandemic I have always looked to how lucky I am even though I have spent a lot of time alone. The comforts and conveniences I have every day are a far cry from the conditions in “the dirty thirties” when I was young.
Golfing…. With positive thinking, you can take in the reality of where you are right now and create a positive solution for what to do next. Thinking in a positive manner no matter where you are can lessen your anxiety and help you make good decisions about what to do now.
The most important thing to remember is that you can control your thoughts to think about what you want to happen and ignore the stuff you don’t want to happen. Yes, it takes time to train this mental process, however, it does work. See a positive picture and allow the rest to come together. Regardless of your level of ability, your body will do its best to create the picture you give it.
These are some of the ideas in positive thinking I try to follow, especially before a golf game.
Back to Sunday before the tournament. I get a video call from Colleen. She is in tears. She says, “Mom, I won’t be able to caddy for you in the tournament. We have a major problem in Quebec and we have to go there right away. I’m so sorry, (more tears and sobbing), really sorry as I was really looking forward to caddying for you”.
Oh I said that is so sad but you have to do what you have to do.
I called Bridget as I thought maybe her son, my grandson, would be able to caddy for me. She took a few seconds to say he couldn’t but SHE would come. Then she said she was coming to watch me anyway. I said I wasn’t surprised at the last statement as she loves to surprise people. She did to me once before in Phoenix and it was a total surprise with tears of joy!
The tournament was Tuesday-Thursday, July 26-28 and Bridget arrived at my door Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. and we were off to Priddis Greens for my 11:35 a.m.tee time. The Marshall told BK she had unlimited access on the course and that made for less walking for me. Perfect.
Tuesday morning we arrived at the course about an hour before my tee time of 11:35. After registering up on the second floor of the clubhouse and signing the 2022 Seniors banner we headed off to the range. This was up a steep hill from my golf car. The range is, of course, elevated a bit and has a spongy surface to stand on. Lots of good balls to hit. Bridget was right on when it came to me doing things right with grip, alignment and slowing down my swing. All tips from Reno.
We arrived at the first tee and Bridget received her Caddy bib.
I was happy to connect with the ball on the first hole!
We played with Winnie and Sandy on the first and second day. Really good people to golf with, kind, considerate, happy and fun.
The golf course is beautiful, the fairways are wide, the greens are quite big and fast. I hit some good shots and some not so good shots. Some good chipping and putting and some not so good. Bridget had my distance figured out really quickly with all my clubs. The main problem was I didn’t listen. Well, my mind and body were still not synchronized. But by Thursday I had better control. I actually hit three sand wedges inside 12″ of the flag. In hindsight, I should have done the changes to my game two months ago not two weeks ago. However, I’m so happy now as on the whole my game is much improved. I just have to make sure my setup is correct.
The tournament was certainly well planned. We had the championship meal when we finished our round on Day 1. Each participant chose either salmon or chicken ahead of time and there was no waiting till everyone finished playing for us to eat. It makes sense to not have a banquet at the end of the three days as many have a long way to travel to their homes.
Alberta Golf (Priddis): 102 competitors testing their skills on The Raven course at Priddis Greens near Calgary this week in the 2022 Alberta Senior Ladies Amateur Championship. The event is for ladies over the age of 50, there are a number of flights and divisions, even 87-Year-Old Leslie Maureen O’Shea is in the field. Four ladies are within one stroke of the lead after round one including co-leaders Daniela Pacheco from Redwood Meadows Golf and Country Club and last year’s runner-up Celina Lam from Woodside Golf Course. Pacheco shot an ever par round of 72 with 4 birdies and 4 bogeys.
The third day was my best day and I really felt energized. We played with Jo-Ann and Phyliss, two lovely ladies. The weather was perfect all three days. I want to thank Alberta Golf, John Deneer and all the staff for putting on a great championship. I would also like to thank everyone at Priddis Greens for having the golf course in fantastic shape for the tournament. Many people behind the scenes including the maintenance crew need a round of applause for all the hard work involved to present this course so beautifully.
Truly CELEBRITY STATUS.
I hope to see Elk Ridge Golf Course open again.
Torrey Pines South Course is a must play for those who love golf. Exceptional views and home to many world class major championships.
There’s nothing worse than a scorching-hot golf car seat – except a freezing cold one. Here’s sewing instructions to make a golf car seat cover of your own.
Today as part of my series on why seniors should get off the couch, I’m going to talk about why embracing discipline is important.
For pretty much all of my life, I’ve had the very same routines. I get up early in the morning and eat breakfast. Then, I get dressed and ready for the day. At lunchtime, I eat lunch, and at suppertime, I eat supper. I don’t snack between meals, generally, and although I love butter tarts and peanut butter cookies, those are occasional treats. Fruit and fresh vegetables are always a part of my daily routine as a senior. Having the same routines is discipline.
The same thing applies to my clothes. If I’m going golfing, when I come home, I take off my golf clothes, put them away and put on the clothes for the occasion ahead: dressy if I’m going out, or casual if I’m staying at home. I keep my clothes neat and organized and always have. Keeping things ordered is discipline.
I have a couple of different ways that I incorporate fitness when I’m at home.
The Tony Little Gizelle Trainer
I bought a Tony Little Gizelle trainer in 2004. It wasn’t very expensive – around $175.00 – and I like it because it is elliptical and there is not the pressure on my feet that I got from using a treadmill. I guess you could say that it is not a high calorie burner but it has helped me keep in shape as I need to move my arms and my legs to make it work. I usually work out on it for 15 or 30 minutes, 3 or 4 times a week.
The Jane Fonda Fit & Strong DVD
Five years ago, I purchased a DVD by Jane Fonda called Fit & Strong. Fit & Strong contains two low-impact routines designed to build strength, burn calories and feel energized. Each combines a workout and stretching routine that takes about 25 minutes. I wanted to do some weight lifting and I knew that if I followed Jane Fonda on my TV from my DVD I would be doing this properly. Now I have to admit that I don’t do this work out every day but I keep a monthly calendar where I keep track of the days I do it – usually 3 or 4 times a week!
Jane is, of course, famous for her workout DVDs and having had a knee replacement, she had to make adjustments in her own life and passed these changes on to us in this DVD. I am not as strong as I used to be but I can do this work out with three pound weights and I FEEL STRONG AND ENERGIZED when I’m done.
If I do this work out before I golf I can tell the difference right off the first tee that I hit the ball better and longer. Flexibility is the key to any golf swing and Jane Fonda’s Fit and Strong Workout has certainly helped to keep me turning 180 degrees in my swing. Stretching is imperative to keep the cramps away from your limbs as well and the Jane Fonda has you stretching before and after the work out.
I’m someone who is able to work out on my own: it was not till I started golfing on a regular basis that I realized I enjoyed working out by myself instead of in a group. I know we are not all like that – many cannot be motivated to do exercise by themselves. I hired a fitness trainer and had an evaluation for what I needed to do to keep MY body fit. This was one of the smartest things I ever did as I knew that weights were an important part of fitness and I was afraid to use them without advice for my particular body and what goals I had. As for my fitness routine, that’s discipline too.
If you are not motivated to work out on your own, then find fitness classes at a recreation centre and get a friend or two to go with you so it’s hard to forget to go, and try to put that on your priority list. If you think you can manage to work out on your own, buy a DVD workout that you are happy with – or, if you live in a condo with fitness room, . Check out your local library: sometimes they stock workout DVDs and you might be able to find one you like there.
In your work life or the head of a busy growing family, you needed discipline to accomplish your tasks. Think about fitness as something you need to add to your weekly “to-do” list – and mix it up with the activities you like to do. If you like swimming, add it to your list. If you like walking, add that too. You don’t need to go too far or workout for too long of a period of time: you can increase your distance over time.
I surffer from positional vertigo, and as we saw with PGA Tour player Jason Day, vertigo can be agony. Here’s how I get rid of it, even on the golf course.
Plant based foods