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Valley woman continues her passion for playing golf, hopes to win championship

Posted at 5:48 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 23:21:11-05

If you're looking for Sue Gulley, look no further than the east Valley golf course where she tees off several times a week.

Gulley never really saw herself ever playing a round of golf, let alone being good at it. She was 54-years-old when she first gave it a try. Now she's 81.

"I just picked up a used set of clubs," said Gulley. "They (the clubs) were half men and half women, and I didn't know the difference at the time and started swinging."

She noticed, her shots weren't bad. So she decided to play one of her first games of golf with a friend.

She won the game. "He didn't take me back," laughed Gulley. "He didn't like it."

So for the last 20-something years, Gulley has been golfing and getting even better. She has won nine out of the last 12 tournaments in her league. Players less than half her age can't keep up.

"I don't like to shop. I don't like to gamble, but I love to golf," said Gulley.

And the love of the game has helped her through some pretty tough times in life.

Gulley said there's something about getting in the open air, into nature, and how it just clears the mind.

"When I first started golfing, my mother was in a nursing home and I would leave that nursing home in tears thinking she may be dead when I got back. I'd go to the golf course, and within two or three holes I couldn't have told you I had a mother," said Gulley. "It's just that relaxing."

Sue is keeping her fingers crossed for another good game. She's going for her 10th championship in December.