Augusta's Tripp Kuhlke has been putting it off for more than two years, since he turned 50. Because he knew he could still contend in the regular division, he didn't want to leave it and join the 50-over senior division in the Regions Bank Amateur Series.
In fact, he won the regular division of the Orville White Cup in 2110 as a 50-year-old, then finished second the following year.
He finally switched sides last week, at the Orville White Cup, which is usually the only Regions tournament he plays each season. He shot 72-68 to win by three shots.
Kuhlke noted that one of the benefits of joining the seniors is the shorter tees they play. In the Orville White Cup, which was played at Midland Valley Country Club, the regular division played a 6,850 yard course. It was 6,200 yards for the seniors.
"I'm a senior forever," said Kuhlke, who turned 52 on June 14. "I'm gone (from the regular division). Moving on. Reality has set in."
Kuhlke also likes the more relaxed atmosphere in the senior division, which could be because they don't have to be bombers to score on the courses.
At least on Sunday, Kuhlke is putting better as a senior golfer. Using a long putter, Kuhlke needed just 29 putts and had five consecutive one-putt greens. It helped him record an eagle (on No. 2) to go with four birdies and two bogeys.