105 Year Old Golfer Tees Off In Topeka

By: Ariana Cohen Email
By: Ariana Cohen Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-A local golfer may be good at keeping below par; however his age is one for the record books.

Bill Calwell, the Grand Marshall who opened the first Eyes Wide Open Golf Classic 5 years ago is competing again Saturday at Cypress Ridge.

Bill Calwell has loved the game of golf since he was 10-years-old
and that's what brings him out to another Eyes Wide Open Golf Classic.

Calwell is different from most golfers. He keeps his golf score in the low digits however, his age is in the triple digits. He is 105-years-old. He's played golf for 95 years and has played in some 50 tournaments.

"I'm staggering around today, still playing," said Calwell.

His loved ones enjoy watching him play the sport that he craves.

"I can't compare him with anybody else. He lives and eats golf and he's out all the time hitting the golf balls," said Calwell's neighbor of 7 years, Phil Menninger, President of Topeka Lions Club.

Staying active on the green keeps Calwell healthy, along with his positive spirit and sense of humor. His son says it's also in his genes.

"His parents both lived..both lived to 104!"says his son David Calwell.

Calwell says he a few secrets of his own.

"Every morning and every night, I take 10 deep breaths to keep the lung cells active and healthy and I follow that prescription," said Calwell.

Callwell continues to have a passion for life and golf and he says nothing is greater than getting a hole in one.

"I'm especially grateful to swing the club again," says Calwell.

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