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Golf keeps '90s crowd' on course

July 23, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • From left, Maurice Ahalt, Woody Guessford and Scottie Wine live to prove that golf only begins after age 90.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — When the Beaver Creek Country Club MISGA has a home mixer, it usually means the three elder statesmen of the group will tee it up.

Scottie Wine, Woody Guessford and Maurice Ahalt are three special members. Simply put, they like to go out and have fun playing golf enjoying the camaraderie among their friends.

The fact they come out and play golf is special at their age. Wine just turned 91, Guessford is 94 and Ahalt is 96.

Beaver Creek is part of the MISGA (Maryland Interclub Senior Golf Association) statewide organization with one of the largest memberships, totaling 73 individuals that play home and away mixers.

Wine, retired from Fairchild Aircraft in Hagerstown where he was a welder and expediter for 43 years, started playing golf when he was 43 after coaching baseball.

“I like the fellowship, I like the game good or bad,” said Wine, who said he learned the game playing in the Fairchild League at the city course. “The guys there would teach me. I want to keep playing as long as I can.”

Wine, who also enjoys swimming, has had two hole-in-ones. He had one at Yingling’s Golf Center and the other at Penn National Golf Club.

“I thank the Lord every day,” said Wine, who lives in Hagerstown. “That is who my breath belongs to.”

Guessford remains active, not only with golf but with bowling in two leagues during the fall. In addition, he works out at a local fitness club.

“I started playing golf at age 30 when my wife bought a starter set,” said Guessford. “I got started at the city course, when two holes were across the street where Burger King is now.”

Guessford retired after 50 years at Cushwa & Sons in Williamsport where he made bricks.

“The secret is staying healthy,” said Guessford, who has had both knees replaced. “I’m just glad to get out on the course. I enjoy the fun with the guys.”

He said he is impressed with the modern equipment, especially the hybrids.

“I have an 18, and 24 degree and they’ve helped my game,” he said.

Guessford has had four hole-in-ones, all at Beaver Creek. He’s had two on No. 3 and a pair on No. 8. His first came in 1968.

Ahalt, who lives in Middletown, is the late-comer of the three, picking up the game when he was a sprite 75.

He grew up on a farm and developed a small herd of Holsteins before retiring in 1988.

His oldest brother, Leroy, and younger brother Dick, got Ahalt into golf with a start at Yingling’s.

“I also had a neighbor from D.C. that was a good golfer and he joined the club,” said Ahalt. “I joined and got interested in the group and they haven’t kicked me out yet.

“It’s unusual for men to get together in a club like this and not got mad at one another,” he chuckled. “We just have a good time. I just take one day at a time.”

The minimum age in MISGA is 50 with no age cap.

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