‘She’s an in­spi­ra­tion’

Eu­nice Cud­more is ea­ger as ever to hit the golf course at age 91

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY

Eu­nice Cud­more ex­presses frus­tra­tion — both ver­bally and through a look of dis­gust — over a poorly struck golf ball.

Per­spec­tive, though, quickly fol­lows her dis­plea­sure over the shot.

“I shouldn’t be com­plain­ing,’’ says Cud­more. “How many are out here at 91?’’

The Strat­ford woman with the sunny dis­po­si­tion has em­braced the game since join­ing Belvedere Golf and Coun­try Club in Char­lot­te­town in 1960 with her hus­band, Ivo, who died in 1992. (The cou­ple owned and op­er­ated Cud­more Busi­ness Equip­ment, which sold of­fice ma­chines and of­fice fur­ni­ture).

Af­ter 57 years of swing­ing — and with her 92nd birth­day just a few months away — the al­lure of golf has not faded in the least for Cud­more.

“I love golf,’ she says.

“I love the com­ing out with the girls, sit­ting around af­ter (golf­ing) and hav­ing lunch or hav­ing a drink – all that stuff.’’

She pro­vides amuse­ment to play­ing part­ners with her trade­mark cel­e­bra­tory dance that reg­u­larly comes on the heels of a good golf shot.

“Did you see that one, girls?’’ she shouts out en­thu­si­as­ti­cally af­ter hit­ting a crisp shot up the mid­dle of the fair­way.

Cud­more im­presses the rel­a­tive young­sters — Phyl­lis Con­nolly, 77, Lynn Cle­ments, 74, and Etta Con­nolly, a mere 71 years of age — who reg­u­larly join her for golf at Belvedere.

“Oh, she’s a sweetie,’’ says Cle­ments.

“She’s an in­spi­ra­tion to ev­ery­body. She re­ally is. She’s fun and she’s lov­ing and she can tell the jokes, too.’’

Cud­more truly is quite a marvel.

She golfs ev­ery Tuesday and Thurs­day, play­ing nine holes each day. She only started us­ing a golf car in 2016 — the first year she stopped shov­ing her clubs along the fair­ways in a push­cart.

She also just re­cently gave up curl­ing out of con­cern over slip­ping on the ice.

“When I be­came 90, I got it in my head I might fall…and who needs a bro­ken hip?’’

Cud­more, though, ap­pears fit as a fid­dle.

Nine holes of golf fail to wear her down one bit.

Nor does she ex­pe­ri­ence any aches or pains af­ter a cou­ple

hours of hit­ting balls and rum­bling over the fair­ways in a golf car.

“I’m not tired at all,’’ she notes.

“Go home and fin­ish my house­work, go to the gro­cery store and de­cide what you are go­ing to have for din­ner.’’

Cud­more typ­i­cally goes to bed around mid­night, never miss­ing her beloved Blue Jays play­ing base­ball on TV, and is up at 7 a.m. ready to make the most of each day.

She en­joys cook­ing and

bak­ing and work­ing in her yard, clip­ping bushes and trees on her two acres of prop­erty.

“You just have to keep go­ing,’’ she says.

“If I sit down for a few min­utes, I get up. I fig­ure I should be do­ing some­thing. I’m wast­ing my time sit­ting.’’

Cud­more chalks her longevity up to good and healthy genes, not to her nearly six decades of golf­ing.

Many tell her that she does not look her age — not even close. She could pass for be­ing in her 70s.

“They can’t be­lieve my age and they are al­ways guess­ing me younger,’’ she says.

Still, golf seems to help keep Cud­more young at heart.

She finds the sport fun, so­cial, re­lax­ing and even ther­a­peu­tic.

“Well I think golf is a great thing for any­body,’’ she says.

“The way I look at it when you are out there hit­ting that lit­tle white ball, if you’ve got prob­lems you for­get about ev­ery­thing.’’

So there is no need for this 91-year-old golfer to put away her clubs, right?

“Oh, I’ll play as long as I can,’’ she says.

“I sure am hop­ing I can play next year.’’

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

Eu­nice Cud­more, 91, of Strat­ford strikes a pose af­ter hit­ting a ball dur­ing a nine-hole out­ing at Belvedere Golf and Coun­try Club in Char­lot­te­town.

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