Good Ol’ Boys stay active in retirement with golf, good times
Post Independent Staff
They’re just Good Ol’ Boys, and they’re never meanin’ no harm.
Except to maybe their golf handicaps.
Since 1985, Glenwood’s Good Ol’ Boys ” a group of between 20 to 25 retired and semi-retired men ” have met to golf and a have a good time on the valley’s courses.
“The thing I like about it is we’re all very congenial and we all get along,” said Good Ol’ Boy Dale Snearly, of Glenwood Springs. “Were out there for the fellowship and the love of the game.”
Most often, the Good Ol’ Boys converge on Glenwood Springs Golf Club every Monday and Wednesday, and sometimes even Fridays during the golf season, until the weather becomes too cold to play.
“We play on The Hill (Glenwood Springs Golf Club), Lakota (Canyon Ranch), in Rifle and at River Valley Ranch,” said Snearly, who usually shoots in the low 80s. “We have a sign-up sheet and then everybody puts $4 in the pot, then we draw colored tees for playing partners. We get to mix it up out there.”
At 82, Snearly is a semi-retired accountant who started playing golf in 1946. Although he has never sank a hole-in-one, some of the Good Ol’ Boys members have.
“We’ve had several people in the group with hole-in-ones,” said Snearly, who has been married to his wife, Dorothy, for 58 years. The couple has five children. “I’ve hit the pin, and I’ve had lots of opportunities, but nothing ever fell in.”
Good Ol’ Boy George Morrison, who has been retired for about seven years, said he’s in the club for the fun of it.
“You don’t have to be so uppity about winning ” you just go up there and have fun,” said Morrison, who has been married to his wife, Bernice, for 58 years, like his golf compatriot Snearly. “You have good days, and you have bad days.”
A 78-year-old World War II Army veteran who owned businesses in the concrete industry throughout his career, Morrison said Snearly has more stellar days on the course than he does.
“I’m not as good as Dale,” said Morrison, an Oklahoma native who moved to Colorado when he was 18 years old. “I’ve only been playing since I was 40, and Dale has been playing since he was 10 or so.”
Maurice Barz and other Glenwood golfers started the club in the mid-’80s. Over the years, Morrison and Snearly have seen many members come and go.
“We have new ones every year, and old guys that die,” Morrison said. “Some move in and some move out.”
The club includes a variety of men retired from professions such as law, accounting, engineering, construction and business management. The golfers also range in age and health.
“We have one person who has an artificial limb who plays with us,” said Snearly, president of the Lion’s club and chairman of the Sunnyside Retirement Center in Glenwood Springs. “He has a lot of courage.”
Snearly said the group’s openness and relaxed approach make it stand out from other golf leagues or clubs around town.
“Just come on up and join us,” he said. “We welcome everybody.”
Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518
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