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He rode in on the cart from his shotgun finish on the fourth green at Round Lake Golf Course with a smug grin on his face. He'd just shot a 1-under-par 36 in the Thursday night Men's League on June 22, a league he has played in for 49 years.
But that figure is a little misleading for Gaylord Anderson, who turned a robust 99 this year. He did not start playing golf until he turned 50, turning to the clubs from a long career playing baseball and softball.
Today Anderson, who retired from a long career in contracting and carpentry 10 years ago at age 89, plays in three golf leagues -- the Round Lake Senior League on Monday; the Gaylord Anderson Tuesday Night League at Mohican Hills, named in his honor, on Tuesdays; and the regular Round Lake Thursday Night League.
"It's a little different than golf in the old days," said Anderson, whose athletic composure makes him look a decade or two younger than his age. "By a league rule, in all the leagues I play, I tee off on all holes at the 150-yard marker. That gives me a big advantage over the young bucks that play out here, who sometimes have to tee off 500 or more yards from the green. The league also allows golfers 60 years old and older to drive from the gold tees."
Other than that, golf is the same as always for him.
"He is an outstanding putter," said Daniel Ruff, who works at Round Lake. "He is known for regularly sinking putts from all over the green."
Anderson agreed: "Putting has always been the strongest part of my game. I used to be a pretty good driver -- using a two-iron off the tee rather than a driver, but that's not so strong any more."
Anderson, nicknamed Andy, is also a lively personality at the golf clubhouse.
"He always picks on me," said teenaged Chelsie Eichleberger, who works in the clubhouse at Round Lake.
"And he likes to argue," said Stan Hoff, who played on the same team with Anderson, Paullin Milk Cartage, for 23 years along with Kenny Anderson and Hoff's son, Mike. "We used to each have a golf cart, and when we played together we'd argue over which cart we would drive, and about almost everything else."
Anderson and wife Esther, who died in 2013 after 67 years of marriage, have two children, Bill, a dentist in Westerville, and Patty Spreng of McZena, who retired three years ago after a long career of teaching in the West Holmes School District. They also have five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, with a 10th on the way.
He still lives in the home he and Esther built on old Ohio 30 just west of Hayesville, "just past the pig sign," he said. They built that house in 1948.
He always worked in the construction business, building many, many homes over the years, the last completed when he was 89, 10 years ago, on Township Road 2104 just south of Hayesville.
For 30 years, he owned his own business, Anderson Construction, that did maintenance work at three area factories. "I did it with a crew of six guys, and didn't miss a day of work for the entire time," he said.
Besides golf, carpentry remains his other avocation. "I'm always working on two or three woodworking projects at the same time," he said.
He is blessed with outstanding health, though he admits "both of my shoulders ache, particularly when I reach up. Going down, they don't bother me a bit."
He carries a 5 handicap in the Monday senior league, and a 1 in the Thursday league. He wasn't sure what his handicap was at the Mohican Hills league.
"In addition to a being a good and really fun golfer, Gaylord would do anything for you if he likes you," friend Huff said. "They don't make many guys like him."