Golf In National Senior
& Floridas Polk County Senior Games by
Polk Senior Games have many talented athletes participating year
after year. But one of the most successful has to be Janet Brown,
58, a Boston snowbird who lives in the Sandpiper development
in north Lakeland. Browns sport of choice is golf. She
has a slew of gold medals that speak to her acumen. And one of
them is from the National Senior Olympics in Pittsburg in 2005.
I had tied for the best score of all golfers in those Pittsburg
Games, Brown said. We even had to play in the rain,
the last day.
Executive Director of the Polk Senior Games, says shes
the most decorated golfer of the decade in the State Games. And
thats with her having participated in only seven of the
past ten years.
athletic involvement started in high school. She played softball,
basketball, field hockey, and tennis at Danvers High, about 20
miles northeast of Boston. Shes even in the hall of fame
at that school. I enjoyed high school, she said.
I got introduced to tennis in my senior year and I played
on the team. I played a couple years of basketball and a year
of tennis in college, but it was kind of hard because I was a
until 1991 that Brown got introduced to golf, by her husband,
Stanley, who recently passed away. That was the greatest
gift he gave me, Brown said. When I started, I took
lessons from one of the top teachers in the country. I took them
a couple years. It was a group lesson. After the second year,
I got a hole in one. I thought, Oh, this is cool.
But I havent had one since.
Janet Browns shows us the Gold
Medal she won for Golf in 2005 National Senior Olympics
Janet went on to say, My teacher just gave me the basics.
She was all about doing it to the best of your ability and having
fun. Chipping was probably the biggest thing I learned and a
little about the sand game, she continued. I obviously
learned about the stroke. Basically, she just gave me stuff to
work with. Doing all the things I did before, particularly softball
and baseball, the swing was just transferable from up above to
down low with a different grip.
Brown gets out
on the fairways three or four times a week. And she gets invited
to play in tournaments all the time. Regarding her playing in
the Polk Senior Games, she holds them in high regard. They
have chipping and putting in the games, she said. They
do the best job. I went over to the Tampa Bay games a couple
years ago. They do a nice job also, but Polk County does the
best, Theyre awesome. I wouldnt say it if it wasnt
true. They all really get into it, to make it important to the
people playing and to make them feel good and encourage them.
I think its great.