100-year-old World Conflict II veteran defies age in golf

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100-year-old World Conflict II veteran defies age in golf


SPRINGFIELD, Sick. — Man Ellis, a 100-year-old World Conflict II veteran, not too long ago coasted via 18 holes at Bunn Golf Course.

Ellis performed on behalf of the Decatur Veterans and Buddies golf group in a scramble towards the Springfield veterans.

His stamina and endurance belies his age. His golf recreation is not too shabby, both, The State Journal-Register of Springfield experiences.

Ellis mustered a few spectacular chips photographs in the course of the again 9 and reached inside 8 ft of the pin on the par-4 No. 13. He additionally smacked a drive down the golf green inside 100 yards of the inexperienced on the par-4 No. 12.

However Ellis reproached himself after strolling off the fifteenth inexperienced.

“What you noticed me do immediately, that is not my recreation,” Ellis mentioned. “My recreation is way, a lot better than what you noticed immediately.

“You caught me on a nasty day.”

Ellis proved precisely that on the par-3 No. 17. He launched his drive about 151 yards and landed inside 7 ft of the outlet, the very best shot out of the foursome.

“What number of occasions have you ever seen a 100-year-old golfer virtually make a hole-in-one on a par-3,” mentioned Ellis’ taking part in companion, Glenn Easterling.

His birdie putt simply missed by millimeters, and Ellis jokingly tried to shoo it within the cup together with his U.S. Navy hat. Easterling no less than transformed the birdie for him.

“That was superior,” mentioned Lance Flury, the PGA skilled at Lincoln Greens Golf Course, who performed with Ellis and helped set up this yr’s occasion with Easterling. “Sincere to God I used to be actually hoping he would make that putt and he virtually did. It was enjoyable to be round.”

Ellis, a throat most cancers survivor, reminisced as a lot as he might close to the tip of the golf spherical.

He was born on March 16, 1921 — or as he put, proper after World Conflict I — and grew up in Mount Vernon in the course of the Nice Despair. He performed left guard on the highschool soccer workforce and instantly joined the workforce after commencement.

That out of the blue modified after the assault on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

“My first thought was, ‘The place the hell is Pearl Harbor at?’ We might by no means heard of Pearl Harbor,” Ellis mentioned. “After they bombed them and killed 2,000 sailors, I stored considering, ‘I must get in there. I must get into service.'”

He enlisted with the U.S. Navy and served across the globe so far as the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean as a diesel motor machinist. He recalled aiding one ship that had been attacked off the North African coast close to Algiers.

“We picked up one which obtained hit, nevertheless it did not sink. It killed some sailors, that is why I put on this,” Ellis mentioned, referring to his hat. “I am going to always remember them. I put on it for them — not for me.”

Ellis has been sporting the U.S. Navy cap since he had throat surgical procedure about 11 years in the past. He mentioned he beforehand put that navy service behind him following the warfare however was cajoled by nurses with the Veterans Affairs to do in any other case.

“I do recognize it, so I began carrying this cover for the veterans,” Ellis mentioned.

Ellis is a retired carpenter who has lived in Decatur since 1976. He began taking part in golf about 40 years in the past, however by no means thought-about it till certainly one of his bosses pressured him to play.

“I obtained hooked the primary day I hit that ball,” Ellis mentioned. “First time I hit it, it went down the golf green. From then on, I obtained the urge to play golf. It is one of many issues that retains me going.”

He routinely performs golf three days every week.

“I at all times needed to be like Man, he is my idol,” his pal Dale Jones mentioned. “I imply you consider that, 100 years previous and going to the golf course three days every week. Guys like me, our stamina is not fairly what it was once. We generally cannot do this ourselves. He is a tremendous man and he is pal.”

Ellis nailed a hole-in-one throughout a visit in Texas about 10 years in the past.

“It is not often that I can play nearly as good as him now whilst younger as I’m,” Jones mentioned. “Man is an inspiration to every certainly one of us. I simply can’t thank him sufficient.”

Jones, 68, launched the Decatur golf group about seven years in the past after his older brother, Ernie, had a stroke. It focused anybody with disabilities and later morphed right into a veterans league.

“That is one thing that we need to maintain going,” Jones mentioned. “We’re beginning our seventh yr, however we wish to make it statewide finally.”

Ellis can be round. He nonetheless deliberate to golf the following day.

“I attempt to study to be 100,” Ellis mentioned. “I’ve by no means been there earlier than, so I do not understand how you are purported to really feel. However I really feel good. I am going for 105.”

(U.S. Military)

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