Spur senior may have discovered the secret to staying young

SPUR, Texas (KCBD) — Jean Hoover is over 80 and we think she may have discovered the secret to staying young…but it might not be what you think.

It’s good for the brain to say social as we age. Jean goes to the Senior Cener all the time, but that’s not what keeps her young. She works at the Senior Center in the office, on a computer, as an accountant. But that’s not what keeps her young either.

Jean, who turns 87 in October, said: “I’ve been playing for so many years and I love it. and i like to be outdoors. And it’s a good exercise. And it helps you find your balance.

That’s the secret. She meets a group of ladies as often as they can to play golf together. And they don’t include it just to be nice.

“I love playing with Jean. She is my instructor, my mentor,” Penny Martin said.

The motivating factor for bringing these women onto the links is John.

“There are days when I think it’s too hot to play, but I think if Jean Hoover can play, I can get in too,” Kathy said.

Everyone will tell you that they learned a lot from Jean. Some more than others.

“I am a stone hunter. I picked up a stone. Jean tells me to stop rock hunting and watch your golf,” Inita Cannon said.

The Spur Golf Course features nine holes in the rugged Salt Fork of the Brazos country. Since 1937, golfers like Jean and his friends have traveled these hills on foot or by wheel.

It’s a new reason to stop at hole number six.

“It’s a memorial to my husband. He did a lot of work on the golf course,” Jean said.

She and her husband played golf together for many decades. No water hazards, no bunkers, no pressure, as it is now. A place to exercise and have fun with friends.

“We play best ball on Tuesdays and often we start at 5:30. it’s dark when we pass,” Kathy said.

And when the best ball approaches the green, they call Jean.

“She’s the queen of chipping and putting. We can take it green and it does the rest,” said Janie Day.

And aside from exercise and camaraderie, if laughter is good medicine, well, they get a healthy dose of it too.

As they reunite at the clubhouse to wrap up another day, at Spur they all know how Jean Hoover stays so young – golf is his ace in the hole.

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