Dewey Dewitt of Houlton has been golfing since 1946. He is 91 years young and consistently shoots his age.
“I can shoot in the low 90′s sometimes 80′s,” said Dewitt. “I am 91 so I do shoot my age. Houlton is shorter but Houlton is a beautiful place to play golf.”
Dewitt was always a very competitive golfer- winning many tournaments over the years. In the past couple of years, Dewitt has finished first or second in his division in several golf tournaments including the Spudland Open in Presque Isle and the Mars HIll Rotary Open. He remembers the first time he shot his age.
“First time I shot my age was in California. It was the Chila Vista Golf Course. I shot a 75 which was my age at that time,” said Dewitt.
Dewitt is a 22 handicap and still plays four or five times week at Houlton and occasionally at Aroostook Valley, Presque Isle or Mars Hill. He still hits them straight down the middle, but it’s around the greens where he saves several strokes. But he loves the old adage drive for show putt for dough.
“That is the important part of golf. I like to say to every youngster listening if you are going to practice practice from 100 yards in,” said Dewitt. “Everybody can hit the ball when they are young but that short game is so important.”
Here is a tidbit: Dewitt still uses a 55 year old Bullseye Putter. The Maine Broadcasting Hall of Famer has been around sports his entire life. He feels that still being able to play golf has been great for his health.
“I know one thing golf probably extended my life because there is nothing like getting out onto a golf course and getting fresh air. Getting the exercise and it just makes you feel good.”