FOR SOME, GOLF IS JUST A HOBBY, A NICE WAY TO RELAX AND HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH FRIENDS. FOR OTHERS, IT'S A WAY OF LIFE.
JEANNIE ROGERS MADE GOLF HER LIFE IN THE 1960'S...AND PUT TOGETHER A RESUME THAT ONE GROUP FELT WAS WORTHY OF THE HALL OF FAME...
For some, golf is just a hobby, a nice way to relax and have a good time with friends. For others, it's a way of life.
Jeannie Rogers made golf her life in the 1960's and put together a resume that one group felt was worthy of the Hall of Fame.
"We call her 'Greenie Jeannie' because she goes pin hunting and when she does she's usually right up there making the birdies and winning the greens," her friend Jennifer Green said.
Golf has always been in Jeannie's blood. She started when she was 8 and fell in love with the game.
"I didn't even attend my senior prom or senior graduation because I was playing in a golf tournament," Rogers said.
She started playing in tournaments when she was nine, That was a time when female golfer's weren't fully accepted, something she experienced when she tried to play in a state tournament in high school.
"You had to be sponsored by your school to play in that tournament and my high school would never sponsor me, they said it was 'unlady like," she said.
But she kept at it. Years of competition eventually earned her a spot in Sports Illustrated's top 10 female amateur golfers. She was the only player in Oklahoma history to win the Junior Girls Championship three years in a row. She was on a roll, but her career took a dramatic turn in the late 60's.
"I caught the mumps teaching Sunday school to little kids and was hospitalized for several weeks and got encephalitis and pancreatitus and it took me about two years to recover from that."
Once she healed, golf took a backseat to family and job commitments, and she put the clubs away...for 35 years. It wasn't until two years ago that she picked the clubs back up. Just last year she received an interesting phone call...from the Women's Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame.
"The only thing I could say was 'Wow' because I was just so overwhelmed to be included. It was a benchmark for my life," she said.
Golf is just a nice hobby for Jeannie now, and she wouldn't change a thing. It's a game she loves and one she plans to play for a long time.
"I hope that I can play golf and that the last day of my life is out on the golf course," she said.
And until then, her friends will continue to call her Greenie Jeannie.
Jeannie has accomplished a lot in her golf career, but she still has two more goals. She wants to make a hole in one and she wants to shoot the same score as her age.
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