Ojai golfer wins Ventura tourney
by two strokes
by Misty Volaski
After breaking his neck 17 years ago, Dan Cole thought his
days of playing golf might be over. However, he recovered and
has been playing actively ever since.
He just competed in the Ventura City Senior Golf Championship,
where he posted a net score of 141, two strokes ahead of everyone
in the 55-59 age division.
"I really like playing competitive golf. It's about going
out and having fun," Cole said. "I felt like giving
up (Tuesday). I double-bogied two holes. Then I went and got
a Coke and settled down, and wound up going, par, birdie, par,
par." Those last four holes brought Cole ahead for the win
in his division.
Larry Baugher, also of Ojai, tied several other with a score
of 150 in the 55-59 age group. Ojai's Pete Mercado, 83, topped
the 70-and-over division with a 138.
With a handicap of 11, Cole is a member of the Soule Park Men's
Golf Club and Sundowners Golf League. He recently came in second
in the C flight of the local club championship, and has played
in other local tournaments in the past.
An Ojai resident for the last 55 years, Cole said he's fascinated
by golfers today.
"It's neat to see all these guys out there," Cole added.
"I can't believe how some of these kids can pound it."
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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COLE WON THE 55-59 AGE DIVISION at the Ventura City Senior's
Golf Championship Tuesday by two strokes. It was Cole's first
time playing in the two-round tournament, which took place at
both Buena and Olivas Golf Courses in Ventura.