Man Celebrates 100th Birthday With Nine Holes of Golf

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Wearing a blue hat with the words 'Life Is Good' on it, a part-time Sarasota resident celebrated his 100th birthday Tuesday with nine holes of golf.
 
Mike Belka's shots were sometimes off target, but others were right down the middle of the fairway, and he chipped close to the pin on one hole.
 
'Didn't go far,' he said under his breath after hitting a tee shot about 100 yards. 'Well, I'll take what I can get and be happy.'
 
Belka played Tuesday at Prestancia's Tournament Players Club with his 68-year-old daughter, Ruth Walsh, and his sons, John, 70, and David, 64.
 
His birthday started with a mention by Willard Scott on NBC's 'Today Show,' and he seemed a little uncomfortable with the attention. Reporters followed his cart, and the course's staff stopped to shake his hand.
 
'He doesn't look 100 to me. Unbelievable,' said Bob Faulhaber, 79, the course adviser.
 
Belka and his wife, Madeline, raised four children in Andover, Mass. Madeline, his wife of 68 years, died in 2000 at 95.
 
He now lives part time in their summer house in Seabrook, N.H., and part time in Sarasota.
 
Belka takes a two-hour nap every day and drinks a scotch and soda before dinner. He tries to play golf once a week, but hadn't played since Thanksgiving.
 
He was pleased to finish the nine holes with his family.
 
'We're not lying in bed somewhere,' Belka told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 'We're not hurting. We're on a golf course, breathing fresh, clean air. And we're happy.'
 
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