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It can be freezing, too, but that doesn't stop Furin, who sets two gas heaters in his golf cart, fills the passenger seat with bags of fruit, nuts and candy, and gets to it.
The man is tougher than a $2.99 T-bone. But then, his dad played every day till he was 94. His mom worked until 92.
He plays that first round in about an hour and a half, so he's back in time for his daily 6 a.m. round with his pal Rob Pearson. Each in his own cart, the two are done with round 2 in less than two hours. Yeah, yeah, they putt everything out. Furin's a strict rules guy. His handicap fluctuates between six and eight.
"What he's doing is an incredible feat of endurance," Pearson says. "Maybe not of intelligence, but endurance for sure."
Furin is back in time to join his 8 a.m. group, three afternoon-shift miners, for round 3. They're done around noon, in time for his 12:30 game with the night-shift miners (round 4). Lunch in the clubhouse? Hah! "I don't got time to be running in there," he says. Then he hustles back in time for his 5 p.m. game (5) with the day-job slobs.
When you figure yearly dues are $1,100, that works out to $1.92 a round. And he makes up for that by finding balls all day long. He's got 13,000 at his house.
Anyway, he plants the last flag at about 9 p.m. (still light in Hibbing), stops by Alice's for a bite, home to read one of the four golf magazines he subscribes to, then lights out. Big day tomorrow. Playing golf.
"I get nauseated watching him go round and round," says Yeager. "I don't know how he cannot possibly hate the game."
Do you, John?
"No way!" he says. "I love it more every day. See, when I first retired, I said, 'I'm gonna spend the summer on the golf course. That's gonna be my gift to myself.' And I couldn't get enough of it. I'm shootin' for 600 this year."