Long-time golfer Helgestad, 84, shoots 79

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Gazette Staff
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Shooting lower than your age in a round of golf is a rare accomplishment.

Janesville’s Ole Helgestad did that Saturday while playing with three friends at Glen Erin Golf Club.

While the feat is notable, it paled in the pain the long-time golfer went through two weeks ago.

Helgestad, 84, bettered his age by five strokes Saturday when he carded a 39-40—79 from the white tees at the local links course.

Helgestad was playing with Pete Baker, Dave Davis and Rick Jones.

“I’m playing good,” Helgestad said after his round.

So good, that he manages to break his age “most of the time” he plays.

“I hit it pretty straight,” he said. “You still have to hit the shots.”

Helgestad lost his wife, Ruth, his partner of 63 years, to cancer just more than a week ago.

“She had shingles several times five or six years ago, and the pain never left,” Helgestad said.

Then doctors discovered she had pancreatic cancer just five or six weeks ago.

Asked if playing golf has helped take some of the pain away from losing Ruth, Helgestad said, “It’s the only thing.”

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