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Love of the game keeps local golfer on the course at age 90

Rusty Moore started golfing when she was 62. Now 90, she still plays three days a week.

Rusty Moore started golfing when she was 62. Now 90, she still plays three days a week.

July 3, 2013

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Rusty Moore, 90, putts on the ninth hole at Alvamar on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Moore plays three times a week with friends and aims to hit a hole-in-one on her 100th birthday.

Rusty Moore, 90, putts on the ninth hole at Alvamar on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Moore plays three times a week with friends and aims to hit a hole-in-one on her 100th birthday.

It seemed a bit of an embarrassing admission on her part, but Rusty Moore was asked a question and answered it honestly.

“No, I don’t,” Moore said when asked if she adheres to a stretching routine to aid her golf game. “I used to go to one of those exercise places every other day to work out, but I’ve just gotten lazy. I just don’t feel like doing that.”

Moore is so lazy, in fact, that at the age of 90 she plays golf just four days a week, playing two 18-hole rounds and two nine-hole rounds.

“And I love to dance,” Moore said. “It’s something that’s fun to do until the day you die, like golf.”

She doesn’t plan on that day coming any year soon, as she let her friends from Alvamar Country Club know the day they threw her a 90th-birthday bash recently.

“They (taped) all these sayings about me onto my golf cart like, ‘Rusty’s like the Energizer bunny,’ had all these balloons and a birthday cake,” Moore said. “It was one of the best birthdays I ever had.”

At the end of the day, Moore thanked her golf friends with a note that read, in part: “On my 100th birthday, I intend to have a hole in one.”

It wouldn’t be her first, just her most newsworthy. Moore twice carded aces at Lawrence’s executive nine-hole golf course now known as CobbleStone under new owner Richard McGhee.

A member at Alvamar for the past 20 years, Moore has a golf swing that suggests she has played the game her whole life, yet the truth is she didn’t take it up until 1985, when she retired from her job at Kansas University in what was known as the “photographic-services department.”

Mother of three and stepmother to one, Moore said she lost her second husband, J.D. Moore, to Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago. She enjoys the friendships she makes on the golf course, but more than the camaraderie motivates her to tee it up four days a week.

“I love the game,” she said. “I just love the game. Mainly, I like being out in the open, out in the fresh air. And I love it because it’s a challenge to yourself. You’re the only one who’s going to hit the good shot or the bad shot, so you’re always trying to hit that good shot.”

Undeterred by injuries in recent years — dislocated shoulder, rotator cuff, broken arm, knee surgery — Moore plays in two bowling leagues in the winter. She’s in no hurry to slow down. After all, she made a promise to her friends, and she takes her promises seriously. Imagine the celebration for Moore if she does indeed score an ace on her 100th birthday. By then, she might even forgive herself for being so lazy as to not go to the gym to exercise every other day.

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George_Braziller 1 year ago

My mom doesn't golf but she's 74 and my step-dad is 80. They've been married for three years and still run around like they're 35 years old. They're often seen on their bicycles 20 miles outside of town, my mom body surfed down the white sand dunes in New Mexico, rode a zip line over a glacier in Alaska, they're going to Iceland this month, were in France three months ago, and ..... I've lost track of where they've been in the last year.

She finally retired two years ago after 52 years in nursing and hasn't slowed down. Can't see her golfing at 90 but it wouldn't surprise me she took up water skiing again about then if a boat was available. She did sell her motorcycle a few years ago.

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newtongirl 1 year ago

We were Rusty's neighbors up until last year. She is a truly fabulous woman and we miss her dearly!

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