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July 25, 2012

Bays, 69 excelling at golf

STILLWATER, Okla. — Dale Bays’ interest in golf started at a young age and was just a way to make money.

“(My siblings and I) went there to shag golf balls to help get money for the family,” Bays said. “I was one of 13 children. That got us interested in playing golf and I’ve played ever since.”

Though he is much older now, the 69-year-old Stillwater resident continues to excel at the sport as he’s shot his age several times.

“It’s quite amazing to me,” Bays said. “I’m humbled at my age to go out and do it competitively. I’m not scared to play against anybody. I may not win every time but I’ll be competitive.”

A couple years ago, Bays beat his age by shooting a 63 at 66 years old. Bays said it’s something he really can’t explain.

“I just happened to have a good game,” Bays said.

Bays said he enjoys relaxing and challenging himself.

“It’s the solitude sport,” Bays said. “You are playing against the course and not against someone else or another team. Sometimes I do. It’s relaxing. I just try to have fun at it. I don’t always have really good games. I’m consistently around par and sometimes a few shots below. It’s always fun.”

Now that he is retired, Bays is a frequent visitor to the golf course, mostly playing at Lakeside.

“I play about 300 times a year,” Bays said. “I have been able to play at the country club when we have our matches with them. I play around the state. Anywhere there is a tournament basically.”

Bays competed with his son at the Lakeside four-ball championship on July 14 and 15, finishing fourth out of fourteen teams. After the first round, Bays was within a stroke of the lead. Bays will try to help Lakeside repeat the Stillwater Cup. The next qualifier is the Eskimo Joe’s Stillwater Championship at Lakeside on Monday.

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