Masters Games draw near

Published 1:01 am Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Masters Games of Alabama brings together competitive senior athletes for games like softball throw, horseshoes, shuffleboard, table tennis, dominoes and checkers.

In Region 9, which includes Dallas and six other counties, those games are played in Prattville.

For men and women 55 and older who want to play golf, they will come to the Valley Grande Golf Course on Aug. 10-11 to qualify for the state tournament.

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“Don’t let anybody say they aren’t competitive,” said Rex Bible, Valley Grande Golf Course pro. “They love to play. They are competitive in those ages, and they are fun to watch.”

Bible said he expects 40-60 golfers to participate in the two days of events. On Aug. 10, singles competition will include a free practice round, cart, continental breakfast, the round of competition and the pitch-and-putt event. On Aug. 11, the doubles competition will include the cart and the round of competition.

The price for these two days of golf and practice? Just $35 each day. Even two rounds of golf at Valley Grande Golf Course add up to $34. The rest for a buck is a pretty good deal, Bible said.

“We had about 45 or 50 players last year,” Bible said. “Seventy-five percent of the players are from Dallas County, and most of them are former players.”

Competitors are divided into age groups: 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80-plus. Winners will qualify for the state tournament Oct. 5-6 in Florence.

For information or entry forms, contact Bible or the Central Alabama Aging Consortium.