Phil thrills, wins and doesn’t spill-a PGA Major victory for the ages and the aged-May 24, 2021

It’s taken for granted that many important golfing skills wane when players reach their 40s, and worsen into their 50s, especially the fine skills of the ‘short’ game and putting. But, many players on the pro circuit have shown that we shouldn’t take that for granted of the best players. For sure, there’s plenty of skill visible still on the Champions Tour (over-50s). I started golf in my 50s and my best skill is my putting.

Nerves are supposed to jangle more as age takes its toll. So, it was expected by many that Phil Mickelson’s nerves would let him down; they have before. Phil is nearly 51. He was playing in the lead group with one of the younger bucks, Brooks Koepka, who having come off an indifferent period with injuries, but with a record in Majors that’s really stunning and had the fitness, strength and nerves of a Titan.

Well, Phil took home the Wannemaker trophy, winning easily in windy conditions that turned the course on its head and forced many errors, even for him, but his play was almost the most solid in the final round. Scoring 1 over par for minus 6 overall was a great win.

But, he made history as the oldest winner of a golf Major:

Things got wild at the end as the crowds spilled onto the fairway, but it was homage to one of the game’s heroes, akin to what Tiger Woods had to deal with as he came in for his 2019 Masters win:

Along the way, on the final day, Phil’s magic with a wedge was on full display:

The win was sweet to savour:

Along the way, Phil showed he could “bomb” it like the new big guns:

He debuted on the Champions Tour last year and has already shown that he’s more than capable of winning easily there, with two victories. But, I suspect, they’ll have to wait a bit to get more thrills from Phil.

Now, after an indifferent year, the Wizard gets his first Major in 13 years. Well done, Leftie!

#COVID19Chronicles-173: October 1, 2020-COVID-19 and older citizens

This week’s ‘COVID Conversation’, held on September 30, was focused on how the pandemic was affected older citizens in Jamaica. Fittingly, this focus comes during Senior Citizens Week.

Minister Tufton and his team for the day, health officials from the Southern Area Health Authority (covering the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth), were broadcasting from Mandeville. He had visited various parts of the town and met with officials and one BPO.

(He did not mention it but the town and parish is popular among older people because of its cooler climate, which has attracted many returning residents.)

The latest national situation with confirmed cases was presented in the chart below:

A brief overview of the southern area experience was also given:

National age distribution information is below:

The discussion was amplified by Prof. Eldermire-Shearer (the national expert on health issues to do with ageing), who’d conducted a survey recently of how COVID-19 had impacted on older citizens.

Her research showed just 40% of those surveyed lived with a spouse; 30% lived alone; and 30% were living with someone else. About 1/5 had missed their health appointments (check-ups). 70% were very concerned about COVID-19 and 98 percent said they are following protocols. 

About 20% were finding their situation increasingly difficult and would find the limitations more challenging if they were prolonged; many of these were still working. About 1/3 felt isolated and “left out.

Guidelines are important to this group. They’ve heard the messages; but maybe not all elements. So, they heard ‘Tan ah yuh yaad’ (stay home), but did not hear, ‘but continue to take exercise and keep your medical visits’—even though the Orders recognize the need for that by allowing a daily ‘outing’ for ‘essential’ needs. But following guidelines is difficult and stressful. Many are still working, so restrictions mean strain on incomes as well as less activity than normal.

Anxiety is high among older people.

Over 13% of cases are older people; also a high proportion of deaths.

Isolation is an issue. Families are visiting less, though contact by phone. Dietary issues are surfacing as a result of these aspects.

Many have chronic diseases.

Missing health appointments is a concern, even though they are getting prescriptions.

In addition to focusing on older citizens, the ministry has raised awareness of its concerns for vulnerable groups:

A wellness webinar will be held, today, in keeping with the message that being healthier is helpful for fending off the virus and its worse effects:

Listen to the Voices of our Senior Citizens on Climate Change

A wonderfully clear and simple eye-opener written by fellow blogger and community activist, Emma Lewis.


How are our seniors doing? It’s a question that perhaps we don’t ask ourselves often enough, in the context of climate change. Like other vulnerable populations, our senior citizens are not necessarily outspoken. They don’t come out and shout about how the tides of change are affecting their daily lives. Moreover, the field of climate […]

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