As the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are just a few weeks away, we were inspired to shine a light on our resident athletes within Sagora Senior Living. We have residents who are retired coaches, have had expansive sports accomplishments and residents who have found their passion for athleticism within our communities. These residents aren’t afraid to break boundaries and they know that there is no age limit on personal development. We’re so excited to share their stories with you and hope that you find inspiration and encouragement from them!
Meet John, one of our Independent Living residents at The Brennity at Tradition. He’s been a golf professional for over 60 years! He started playing when he was just 10 years old in Hampton, Iowa and went on to the University of Iowa where he was the captain of the golf team.
John has a long list of accomplishments that include qualifying to compete in a National Junior Tournament at just age 15. “That long train ride to the south really opened my eyes as a young boy from Iowa,” he said as he reminisced on the trip. He went on to shoot a 66 in Knoxville, Tennessee, leading the NCAA tournament, and he even hosted the 1975 U.S. Open at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois. In this competition, Lou Graham defeated John Mahaffey by two strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only major championship. Historically, this was the final year that players were not allowed to have their own caddies at the U.S. Open.
The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree as John’s father was also an accomplished athlete who qualified for the 1924 Olympics in Paris, France for javelin throwing! It was the second time Paris hosted the games (after 1900), becoming the first city to host the Olympics twice. The United States won the most gold and overall medals this year, having 229 athletes competing.
John is happy to now live at The Brennity at Tradition in Port St. Lucie, Florida where there are several golf courses near by and Jensen Beach to enjoy the fresh ocean air. We’re so blessed to have him as part of the Sagora Senior Living family and hope that you enjoyed his story as much as we have!