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Coming of Age

For Senior Pro Jim Thorpe life began at Fifty
Robert Lowell
From the Print Edition:
Cuban Spy Scandal, May/Jun 02

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The sun is shining and Jim Thorpe's talking. He's on the practice range of the Crandon Park Golf Course in Key Biscayne, Florida, site of the Royal Caribbean Classic. It's pro-am day and next to him is a lady amateur with a smooth swing. "You gonna beat your pro, honey," says Thorpe. "You gonna beat him."

The lady smiles back. "I'm playing with Isao Aoki," she says. "You're gonna beat him," says Thorpe. "I beat him, you'll beat him." The lady smiles and Thorpe ushers forth his baritone chuckle. "Man, can you imagine I'm doing this," he says, to himself as much as to those who surround him. "Man, can it be any better?"

Robert Lowell is a freelance writer based in New York.

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