Why I Hope Tom Watson Will Do It Again

If you love golf as dearly as I do, you surely remember Tom Watson, at the tender age of 59, coming within a whisper of winning the British Open in 2009. Playing masterfully over four days at Turnberry’s Ailsa Course in Ayshire, Scotland, Watson would have tied the record with a sixth Open victory but for a bogey on the last hole of regulation play. Instead, he lost to Stewart Cink in a four-hole playoff. “It would have been a …

Golfer Shoots Back-to-Back Holes-in-One

Most of us – well, at least the golfers among us – can only dream of hitting a hole-in-one. Actuaries tell us that the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one on a par 3 are approximately 12,500 to 1. The feat seems so elusively luck-laden. I say this with some authority: You’ll see my name on a plaque memorializing holes-in-one at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton, Va., and mine was a totally mis-hit eight-iron shot that had …

The Woman Who Lost 100 Pounds

Swimming saved DeEtte Sauer’s life. In 1986, the 71-year-old Houston resident was dangerously fat.¬†Her day of reckoning with her condition came while on a family vacation and, weighing about 250 pounds, she couldn’t get in a boat with her kids. “I was pretty disgusted with myself,” Sauer says. “I’d let myself go and I was tired of being that way.” So she started walking. Then she started working out at a gym, where she spotted a notice about a new …

Eric Spector: Just Call Him Ironman

People like Eric Spector amaze those of us who consider a slow walk up a moving escalator to be a real workout. The California businessman challenged himself to complete 10 kick-butt athletic events in a single year-his 65th. “I’ve never heard of anyone attempting a mix of 10 such demanding run, bike and swim events in a given year-let alone their 65th,” he says. Me, either. Spector rejects the label of elite athlete, describing himself as “just someone committed to …

Joe’s ‘Biggest Loser’ Finale

The following is a guest post from Joe¬†Ostaszewski of¬†¬†“The Biggest Loser.” The FINALE … or is it? Just a few short months ago, 18 individuals, 15 adults and 3 youths,¬†won the chance to compete on Season 14 of The Biggest Loser.¬† These 18 Winners¬†were chosen from tens of thousands of applicants who each recognized their own¬†serious health issue and elected¬†to make a positive change.¬† Hopefully, most of these applicants became part of the “Challenge America” wave and are well on …

Iditarod Winner Joins Ranks of 50+ Sports Champions

On March 12, 53-year-old Mitch Seavey became the oldest winner of the Iditarod Trail Dog Race in the event’s history, completing the arduous 1,000-mile dog-sled competition in nine days, seven hours and 39 minutes. Seavey¬†won a $50,000 cash prize and a new pickup truck, in addition to securing a spot on the corner of the sports pantheon reserved for 50-and-older champions. Here are a few other members of that exclusive club: Sam Snead. The golf legend became the oldest ever …