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101 year-old Fal Sentyrz Continues to Thrive on the Course

June 16, 2016

Think you’re too old to start playing golf? Think again.

Or, at least try to tell that to 101 year-old golfer, Fal Sentyrz of Elk River, who has been playing golf for what she calls, “a LONG time. I can’t remember how many years it’s been, but it’s been enjoyable every year I’ve played,” she added.

Fal grew up playing sports and being active with her siblings; she had two brothers and a sister who were sports-minded, similar to her. Her father always made it a point of emphasis to be active, “he always insisted that we play some kind of sport or had some sort of exercise to keep healthy,” said Fal.

What has caused her to keep playing the game for so many years? “I continue to play for the companionship. My husband taught me, and I was lucky to learn from such a good teacher,” she said. “Also, for the love of golf!”

Although she loves the game, she must admit that there are other reasons to continue playing, “the outside, the beauty of the environment, and the exercise, first of all,” Fal said smiling.

For over 40 years Fal was a member at Midland Hills Country Club in St. Paul before moving to Elk River and joining Elk River Golf Club. Once the competitive drive and passion toned down, Fal switched to a smaller 9-hole course called Pinewood Golf Course. In the summer of 2015, Pinewood closed due to financial and contractual failures.

Now, Fal finds herself playing in a Senior League at the executive course, Vintage Golf Course, across the street from Riverwood National Golf Course in Otsego.

Riverwood National Head Golf Professional and Section President Steve Fessler raves about Fal’s attitude and persona, “she’s obviously an inspiration to everyone. It helps the rest of us realize the bad shots aren’t that bad, and to absolutely enjoy every day.”

He’s been persistent on hitting the links with her, “I still can’t get her to let me play a golf hole with her,” said Fessler laughing. “We are going to try again this year.”

Fessler isn’t getting his hopes up though, “she’s 100 years old, so she can do what she wants.”

And what she wants is to be outside enjoying the sport she has grown to love.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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