Rod Spittle inspired a lot of people over this past weekend with his competitive play and demeanor.  Spittle held a one-stroke going into the third and final round of the Dick's Sporting Gods Open at ten-under par. He struggled through the last round shooting a two-over par 74 to finish tied for 12th place at eight under par...still a pretty good pay check with earnings of $36, 480.  He was hoping for his second Champions Tour victory.

His journey to the pro ranks and the Champions Tour was far from usual.  He did not turn pro until the age of 49.  He had an excellent collegiate career at Ohio State University and was a teammate of  Joey Sindelar and John Cook.  Instead of trying his hand at the pro tour like his fellow Buckeyes he entered the corporate world where he worked for 25 years.  During that time he raised a family, coached his kids in basketball and enjoyed family life.

During that time he was a top amateur and had the itch to try to qualify for the Champions Tour which he was able to join. Now, at the age of 60 he is enjoying the game, making some good money and experiencing some of the things he gave up during family time.   Now, he competes against many of the world's best and fares well.  He is an inspiration to those who see a bit of themselves in him and watch as he is one of the few to live out their golf dream.

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