Has it really been almost 10 years since Jim Dent turned 50 and struck gold on the Senior PGA Tour?
The Augusta native, who turns 60 on May 9, is still going strong on the senior circuit, where he has won 12 times and earned $6.7 million. In contrast, he won just $565,245 in 18 years on the PGA Tour.
When he hits 60, Dent will have the opportunity to win even more money. He'll be eligible for what is known as the MasterCard Champions series. The 60-over set plays a tournament within a tournament during selected senior events (23 of them this year).
In a typical 54-hole senior event, the MasterCard Champion is determined after 36 holes and normally wins $20,000. Since they play the same tees as the rest of the field, they also earn checks for their finish after the 54-hole event.
"You don't want to get old, but getting old and moving into a category where you can compete to win week-in and week-out is going to be a lot of fun," said Dent, who lives in Tampa, Fla. "If I'm going to get old, at least it's going to be a new challenge and a lot of fun."
The king of 60s set among the seniors is Bob Charles, who turned 60 in 1996 and has won 16 MasterCard Champion titles. Other top players are Gary Player, Dale Douglass, Al Geiberger, Charles Coody, Don January, former Midland Valley Country Club owner Jim Ferree and Jimmy Powell.
Dent, who is 16th on the all-time Senior PGA Tour career money list, has a winning streak going. Only he and Isao Aoki have won at least one tournament in each of the last five years.
Dent hasn't won this year, but his favorite tournament, the Home Depot Invitational in Charlotte, N.C., is scheduled next week. Dent has won that tournament, played at the TPC at Piper Glen, two years in a row.
"A three-peat is something to make you try a little harder," Dent said. "You want to win every time you go out. I know I can win on that golf course, so in some ways it gets easier. I have won twice on that course, so I know just about how to play it. I have a lot of confidence in my game on that course."
APPLEWOOD: A Nite Lite golf tournament will be held May 1 at the course. The nine-hole event will begin at 8 p.m. Entry fee is $25. For more information, call Applewood at (706) 554-0028.
AUGUSTA CC: Dr. Steve Mulherin, age 75, shot a 2-over-par 74 recently.
REALTORS TOURNAMENT: The annual Greater Augusta Association of Realtors tournament is scheduled for May 6 at the Forest Hills Golf Club. There will be a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start for the lauderdale event. Entry fee is $30 per person and the deadline for entry is May 3. Applications can be picked up at Forest Hills.
FOREST HILLS: Michael Stevens aced the 205-yard seventh hole with a driver. His witnesses were Glen Miller, Matthew Miller, Jeff Miller and Jim Walton.
Don Jordan aced the 135-yard fourth hole with an 8-iron shot. His witnesses were Bob Occhi, Wilbur Dees and David Williams.
Mike Green also aced the fourth hole, with a 7-iron shot. His witnesses were Matt McKnight, L.J. Wilkins and Patrick Arthur.
MIDLAND VALLEY: Glen Hurt aced the 171-yard 13th hole with a 6-iron shot. His witnesses were Rex Goble and Chip Blease.
Lance Mooney also aced the 13th hole, with a 7-iron. His witnesses were Bread Eskierka and Kevin Mooney.
Jake Anthony aced the 172-yard eighth hole with a 4-iron shot. His witnesses were David Martin and Steve Smart.
Sharon Brewster-Given aced the 121-yard eighth hole with a 5-wood shot. Her witness was Ann Davis.
JONES CREEK: Paul Kinley aced the 167-yard 15th hole with a 5-wood shot. His witnesses were Marty Bryant, Laurie Moore and Tyler Moore.
PALMETTO: Ed Farmer aced the 149-yard 11th hole. His witnesses were Tom Farmer, Robert Keith and Chad Redwine.
Don Pipino aced the 125-yard seventh hole with a 9-iron shot. His witnesses were Odell Pearson, Jim Blaylock and Dick Sears.
AUGUSTA CC: Mary Ann Abbott aced the 119-yard 14th hole with a 7-wood. Her witness was Sybil Surrett.
Burt Garrett also aced the 140-yard 14th hole with a 7-iron shot. His witnesses were Swain McElmurray, David Harrison and Pete Verdery.
RIVER CLUB: Shawn Holland aced the 175-yard seventh hole with a 5-iron shot.
Scott Whickware aced the 135-yard fourth hole with an 8-iron shot. The witnesses were Bob Bolton, Randy Cooper and Lloyd Hayes.
Tami Capeletti also aced the fourth hole, with a 7-iron shot. The witnesses were Bob Bolton, Randy Cooper and Lloyd Hayes.
WEST LAKE: Bubba Climer aced the 165-yard 17th hole with a 7-iron shot. The witnesses were Trip Derryberry and Chuck Dickson,
Tommy Smith also aced the 17th hole, with a 5-iron shot. The witnesses were William Dunn and Mike Paul.
Bob Rollins scored the fourth ace of his golfing career recently. The latest one came on the 151-yard eighth hole with a 7-iron shot. The witnesses were Tom Hodge, Don Magee and Don Winchester.
GREEN MEADOWS: David Beaudreau aced the seventh hole with a 7-iron shot. The witnesses was Charles Crews.
Anthony Lewis aced the third hole. The witnesses were Vernon Lewis, James Aiken and Marty Scoggins.
David Crews aced the third hole with a pitching wedge shot. The witness was Charles Crews.
GOSHEN: Al Russo aced the 133-yard 14th hole with a pitching wedge shot. The witnesses were Mary Helen McElreath and Bill Bragen.
WOODSIDE: Shayne Farrell aced the 141-yard fourth hole at the Cupp Course. The witnesses were Troy Donahue and Sam Kelly.
Tripp Bryan aced the 152-yard 17th hole at the Jones Course.
ROCKY BRANCH: P.J. Rogers aced the 150-yard 17th hole with a 7-iron shot.
Charles Fuller aced the 120-yard eighth hole. The witnesses were Wyatt Fuller and Peggy Fuller.
Eagles on par-4s
FOREST HILLS: Jim McLeod eagled the 370-yard first hole, knocking in a pitching wedge shot. RD FI 3driver, pw, No. 1, 370 yards. Tracy Atkinson, Walter Anderson, Earl Williams.
PINE RIDGE: Reggie Walling eagled the 360-yard sixth hole. His witnesses were Trent Pardue, Morgan Faulk, Ricky Regan.
THREE OAKS: Jim Slagle eagled the 312-yard 17th hole, knocking in a pitching wedge shot. The witness was Jon Slagle.
David Jones eagled the 330-yard third hole, knocking in a 7-iron shot. The witnesses were John Slade and Dennis Chavous.
Gary Hardy eagled the 320-yard second hole, knocking in a sand wedge shot. The witnesses were Jeff Wells and Ben Wells.
Jim Swanson eagled the 361-yard sixth hole, knocking in a sand wedge shot. The witnesses were Billy Bedgood and Jonathan Renew.
Ella Scott eagled the 308-yard sixth hole, knocking in a 7-iron shot. The witnesses were Steve Lane and Delbert Scott.
Lawrence Harris eagled the 381-yard fifth hole, knocking in an 8-iron shot. The witnesses were Jack Kicklighter, Earl Tingle and Craig Nichols.
David Westin covers golf for The Augusta Chronicle.