Is Michael Allen Old


'Hey, Foltzy, Let me ask you a question about TV coverage,' my longtime friend said as I passed him last fall on the practice green at Turning Stone. 'My kids wanted to know when I changed my first name to '49-year-old' Michael Allen?' He was joking, of course, but it did seem that we all referred to him that way during coverage – as if it were some type of badge of honor or that it made his competitive play more impressive.
So it was ironic yesterday to hear the new Senior PGA champion referred to as young, by Bruce Fleisher, and a long hitter by Gary Koch. Perhaps the most ironic thing about his impressive win in Cleveland is the fact that the long-time Q-School stallwart, who's currently exempt on the PGA Tour, and as of two days ago had absolutely no status on the Champions Tour, is now exempt and won't have to go through Champions Tour Q-School should he opt to play full time out there.
Ain't golf grand? It is now for the man who has never had an enemy on earth. It took a while, a very long while, but sometimes really nice guys do indeed finish first.