Mark Calcavecchia – Still going strong and wanting more at 50


If there is anyone in golf that warrants any sort of respect, it would be those who have been in the game for years and still playing. Golf is a game which can be played even into your forties, unlike football or athletics which pretty much wears you out upon reaching forty. So people like Nick Faldo, Greg Norman and the likes have been involved in and out of the game even after all these years.

One of them is Mark Calcavecchia who at 50 is still going strong and still aiming for honours despite his age. Calcavecchia has previously won the 1989 British Open where he topped Wayne Grady and Greg Norman in the playoff. Apart from that, he also had previously been a winner in the PGA Tour for 13 times. His wife, Brenda has been very much involved in his game where she has been his caddy all this while.

Having started in the Tour back in 1981 he has been playing about 25 weeks or more every year since then. That is a whooping 30 years of active golfing which is an impressive run if you ask anyone. Year in year out, that’s what he does, and that is taking your passion to a level higher altogether. So what has he gained throughout these years? He said learning from mistakes because playing in the Tour will surely bring about mistakes and if you don’t learn, you will never improve. Furthermore, he also said that temper is one thing golfers need to control.

Even as a veteran in the game and having won his first Tour event in 1986, he is still nervous when playing, and he gets the same feeling with or without the media’s attention because there are some senior events when there are no media coverage and no spectators just the golfers out to play their game.

He recently built the dream house for him and his wife in South Florida that comes with a 2 lane bowling alley as well as personal fridge only for housing his beer. And he jokes that because of this, he will have to continue to play in the senior tour to finance it. So with this motivation, he is not going to stop is he? No, in fact, he said that although it doesn’t show, he is not hungry, he is in fact, starving. With this sort of attitude, surely we will be hearing a lot more from him and is quite a commendable character of a true sportsman.

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