There are several records in sports often referred to as unbreakable: Cal Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive games played, Byron Nelson’s 11 consecutive PGA Tour wins, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak all come to mind.
After playing golf for the 365th day in a row Thursday, Pete Geilich finds himself in elite company.
That’s right. Geilich has played golf every day for a year, according to the Orlando Sentinel. He’s spent most of his time at three Orlando-area courses: Stoneybrook East, North Shore and Eastwood. Geilich apparently paid $3,165 for a year of greens fees at the three courses.
“I’m a high-handicapper,” said Geilich. “But I believe high-handicappers have more fun than low ones because we’re not as intense. I have the best time out there.”
A retired hospital administrator and divorcee, Geilich—who turned 80 this week—moved to Orlando three years ago. He’s rarely had to deal with weather issues in north Florida, and even managed to get in seven holes on what he called the worst weather day. According to David Whitley’s Sentinel piece, Geilich “looks 65 and reports only minor aches.”
Despite the rare experience of playing golf daily for a year, Geilich’s streak might not even be the most interesting thing about him. As a hospital administrator, he worked at Parkland Memorial in Dallas, the hospital where President John F. Kennedy and his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, were pronounced dead in 1963. Notes that Geilich scribbled that day reside in the hospital’s museum.
Geilich did not originally intend to play golf every day for a year. “It really just evolved,” he said. But if everything goes to plan, health-wise and weather-wise, the 80-year-old plans to continue the streak.