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"Age-Shooter" Records in Golf

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Sam Snead

Sam Sneads (pictured at age 86) beat his age on consecutive days in the 1979 Quad Cities Open on the PGA Tour.

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Question: "Age-Shooter" Records in Golf
In golf, an "age shooter" is a golfer whose score matches or beats his age. For example, a golfer of age 70 who shoots a 70 or better. What are the records relating to age-shooters in golf? Here are a few.
Answer: The age-shooting records that follow take into account only those rounds played on golf courses of 6,000 yards or more in length.

The overall record for youngest golfer to shoot his age belongs to Bob Hamilton, the 1944 PGA Championship winner, who shot his age of 59 at Hamilton Golf Club in Evansville, Ind., in 1975.

The golfer who holds the youngest-age-shooter record on golf's major professional tours is Walter Morgan, playing the Champions Tour. In 2002, at age 61, Morgan shot a 60 in the AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship.

On the PGA Tour, that record belongs to Sam Snead. Slammin' Sam fired a 67 at the Quad Cities Open in 1979, when he was 67 years old. Then he set a new record a day later, shooting 66.

The oldest golfer to shoot his age was 103-year-old Arthur Thompson of Victoria, British Columbia. Thompson was playing the Uplands Golf Club in Victoria when he accomplished the feat in 1972.

How about the record for beating your age by the most strokes? OK, that's Ed Ervasti, who in 2007, at age 93, posted a 72 at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club (Old Course) in London, Ontario.

On the pro tours, the most-strokes-below-age record is held by Bob Charles. In 2012, when Charles was 76, he carded a round of 66, 10 strokes below his age, at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open on the European Senior Tour. Previously, this record was held by Jerry Barber, who in 1994 fired a 69 in the Champions Tour Kroger Senior Classic, nine strokes below his age.

The record for most times shooting your age belongs to T. Edison Smith of Moorhead, Minn. Frank Bailey of Abilene, Texas, had long held this record, matching or beating his age 2,623 times, from age 71 until age 98. But in 2006, Smith passed Bailey and continues on with the record.

And in 2012, a 71-year-old named Bob Kurtz set a record by shooting his age seven times in one day.

(Sources: The Golf Digest "record book," which appeared in the Jan. 1999 issue of the magazine; About.com research; tour media guides)

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