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Teeing up at 100

Kaufman makes time for fairway outings

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Paul Kaufman putts Friday on the 15th hole at Liberty Hills Golf Course, a weekly destination for the 100-year-old West Liberty resident. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

Most Friday mornings find Paul Kaufman and his golfing buddies Willard King and Keith Landis out on the fairways of Liberty Hills Golf Course.

“This is good for my health,” Mr. Kaufman said as he slid from behind the wheel of the golf cart and quickly strode to the tee with ball in hand.

He sets the ball, takes a few quick practice swings and “thwack,” the ball is launched flat and straight down the fairway.

It’s a fine shot for many casual golfers half his age.

Thursday, Mr. Kaufman turned 100.

But a day later, it was Friday morning golf as usual: tee off at 9 and finish by 11.

“My son is out here with some other relatives playing, (today)” Mr. Kaufman said Friday. “I played the first hole with them and then decided to catch up with my usual partners.

“It was taking too much time and I have to get home by 11:30.”

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