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100-year-olds to tangle for gold medal in golf

Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal

Lindsay Tise is going for his third straight gold medal in golf at the National Senior Games on Monday at Santa Ana Golf Club.

The golden feat will come with an added feature for the 100-year-old man from Winston-Salem, N.C.

Tise will compete against a fellow 100-year-old, Ray Lokers of Michigan.

“I’m going to bring home a gold medal,” Tise said during a phone interview on Wednesday.

Tise beat Lokers in the past two National Senior Games. He wants to do it a third time as a centenarian. They tee off at Cheena No. 1 at 1:06 p.m. in the first of three rounds. They play nine holes.

Winning the past two gold medals at the National Senior Games isn’t the only advantage that Tise has.

He plays once a week with a group from church, while Lokers doesn’t play as often.

“I like to go out and hit it a little bit,” Lokers said. “I just go out and do the best I can.”

Tise said he has never been to Albuquerque, while Lokers has driven through the town, but has never played golf in the Duke City.

Tise usually shoots better than his age during his weekly round with his church buddies. They play a different course each week, usually visiting a place within a 50-mile radius.

Two weeks ago, he carded a 91 at Skyland Lakes Golf Club in Fancy Gap, Virginia.

But last week, Tise struggled a bit and finished with 104 at Pilot Knob Park Country Club in Pilot Mountain, N.C.

“That’s the highest I’ve had in months,” he said. “It was a difficult course for me.”

Tise is planning for smoother days at the National Senior Games.

The 100-year-old golfers are scheduled to practice on Sunday and then compete over the next three days.

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