Better with age

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TEXAS (KTRE) - He may be turning 78 next month but golfer Joe McClain's swing seems to only improve with age.                                                                                                          "The older I get, the better rounds I have,"said McClain, who started golfing when he was 30 years old. He says before then, he knew nothing about the sport.                                              "I grew up playing baseball and softball and I didn't have a clue what a golf stick looked like. I thought golf was for sissies," he laughed and said, "but it's not true."  McClain quickly fell in love with the game and taught himself how to play.                                                                             "I play as much as I can, sometimes five times a week."                                                           Although he's much older than most of his competitors, this man can give young golfers a run for their money. In fact, McClain was here just last weekend competing in the Lufkin Country Club Championship. He won first flight shooting a 75 and a 76 which is pretty remarkable considering he was playing with guys a lot younger than him.                                                     "I can't believe it, you know that here I am at this age and still competing against these younger guys and a lot of times, you know beating them."                                                            "He's a semi-perfectionist on the golf course and works at it, plans his strategies and so forth. But he's just kind of an extraordinary player," said long time friend Jim Gray. To stay on top of his game, McClain feels it's crucial to stay fit.                                                                                 "I work out at the gym three times a week and I walk two miles a day, every day." He says remaining active has kept him healthy and illness free.                                                          "Being physically fit is very, very important. I can't stress that enough."                                     McClain says golf is just the sport to help you stay active.                                                            "If you're reasonably healthy, you can play golf until you die."

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