Get the scissors,
cut this out and stick it in your wallet. Seriously. This is going to come in
handy. Next time your wife yells, "You're playing golf, AGAIN?" you
just hand her this.
John Furin played
572 rounds of golf last year. Five hundred and seventy-two rounds. And not in
Phoenix or San Diego or Bora-Bora. In Hibbing, Minn.! On a course that's open
only from the end of April to the beginning of October. That's not even six
That's ... wait
... that's almost 100 rounds a month! That's more than three rounds a day!
Ninety miles from the Canadian border!
retired butcher is the Mr. Blister of golf. According to the USGA's handicap
service, nobody in America turned in more scores last year. Furin officially
submitted only 503 of his rounds--still 96 more than anybody else--because the
computer at his course shut down on Oct. 15 but, like a spinning hubcap, he
just kept going round and round.
One day last year
he played 108 holes. Plenty of days he goes five rounds. And if it's a full
moon, he'll play at night. He put 2,300 miles on his cart last season. Changed
its oil 11 times. Has the course's sprinkler schedule memorized.
Hey, John, you
divorced," he says.
But he does have
a girlfriend. "My friends think I'm nuts," says Alice Greski, 60, a
nursing assistant who's dated him for 29 years now. "When he retired, he
said he wanted to play a lot of golf. It's his dream. I'd never stop him from
that. I see too many people who don't get to live the life they want."
retired four years ago, plays seven days a week most of the summer. He starts
his day at the semiprivate, par-72 Mesaba Country Club ( Kevin McHale belongs
there) at 3:30 every morning, which, in the spring, means playing the first 12
or so holes before the sun comes up. ("That's my favorite time to
play," he says.) Fluorescent balls and headlights on his cart help, but
also "that's when he hits it the straightest," says Mesaba head pro
Gary Yeager. "When the sun comes up, it starts to go a little more