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Age doesn't prove a handicap for this golfing trio

The timing is perfect.

Charles Rosboril and his two buddies have just finished a round of golf at Spring Hill Golf Club and tucked their clubs safely in the trunk.

When better to meet this threesome _ two octogenarians and one soon-to-be _ then after 18 holes of the game they love?

You might already know Rosboril and his pals; you might not.

If so, Rosboril wants you to get to know them a little better. If not, take a brief peek into their world and you'll feel as if you've known them since they moved to Spring Hill.

Allow Charles Rosboril to handle the introductions.

"First, we have Tony Rizza.

"Tony will be 82 years of age come January 1993. He's in good shape, and plays to a handicap of 21. They call him "Down-the-Middle Tony.'

"Tony comes from Glen Shaw, Pa., where he and his wife Josephine had their own store. They have been married for over 55 years.

"When he isn't playing golf, Tony does a lot of novelty wood workings, which he displays at local fairs and bazaars, and some of which he donates to local churches."

"Second, we have Charles Rosboril.

"Charlie will be 81 years young come Dec. 2. He comes from Solon, Ohio, where he served on the Solon City Council in 1964-65, and now lives in Spring Hill, since May 1974. He worked for the Kroger Co. as an accountant, and was married to his wife Helen for 50 years. She passed away in 1985. His daughter Carol loves in Orchard Lake, Mich. Charlie is an avid letter-to-the-editor writer, and has his own MUSINGS column in the Spring Hill Newsletter. Oh, yes. His golf handicap has slipped to a very unhappy 23."

"Third comes Matthew (Mike) Nesta.

"He admits to 80 years of age come Dec. 7. He plays to a handicap of 19. He comes from Pepper Pike, Ohio. He was general manager of the Virden Co. in Cleveland. In his day he played some of the top pros, like Doug Sanders, at the Aurora Country Club. Mike has been a widower for some 16 years, and he has a hard time keeping the Spring Hill widows from knocking on his door. Mike travels extensively to see his daughter in California, to London to see his son and on to Budapest to see old friends and (eat) Hungarian goulash."

Allow Charles Rosboril to clear up something about his handicap.

"I better correct that," he says with a handshake after the recent round. "It's an unhappy 24. And Mike is 20, not 19."

Allow Charles Rosboril to allow you to drop in the clubhouse conversation after the round, one in which Nesta shot 92, Rosboril 99 and Rizza 101.

"We've played seven-to-eight years as a group," Rosboril says. "Five days a week _ three 18s and two 9s. For the 9s we walk, after 12:30."

"That's our therapeutic, aerobic, effort," Nesta says.

Allow Charles Rosboril and his playing partners to tell you what they'd be doing if golf didn't exist.

"Going crazy," Rosboril says.

"I'd be boozing and womanizing, and I'm not kidding," Nesta says.

"Gardening, and more woodwork," Rizza says.

Allow Tony Rizza to tell you about his upcoming vacation.

"I'm going to the Smokies," Rizza says.

"No kidding?" Rosboril says.

Allow the wacky threesome to tell you how they wound up here.

"The Deltona Corporation," Rizza says. "They brought us down here. Showed us the golf course. Everybody got off the bus and wanted to hit balls. We looked at a place and bought it."

"The Deltona Corporation," Rosboril says. "They showed tapes to you up North. Everything looks beautiful."

"Ostensibly therapy," Nesta says. "I was supposed to come for a month, and instead stayed another month. I didn't put any shrubbery around my house because I looked at it as a temporary move. That was about 19 years ago. Still don't have any shrubbery around my house."

Allow Charles Rosboril to disallow Mike Nesta from sliding one past you.

"I have a 19 handicap," Nesta says.

"Twenty," Rosboril says. "You have a 20."

"See," Nesta says. "They don't let you get away with anything."

Allow Charles Rosboril and Mike Nesta to agree to disagree.

"When you get over 80," Rosboril says, "you should hit from the ladies' tee."

"I don't subscribe to that," Nesta says adamantly. "You see, I'm not ready to concede."

"It's not a question of conceding," Rosboril says. "It's just a matter of playing better."

Allow Charles Rosboril a few words about the manager at Spring Hill Golf Club.

"Doreen Wolff is the greatest. (A little plug for the senior citizens' discount)," Rosboril says. "Don't forget the manager."

Allow Doreen Wolff a few words, and a funny anecdote, about the threesome.

"Quite a crew," Wolff says.

"You know, Charlie's been wanting me to play a joke on Mike Nesta. He gets here when it's still dark, about 6:30 in the morning, picks up some range balls and hits them. Hasn't bought a bucket of balls since he's been here. Charlie says, "Do me a favor. Write up a bill for all the range balls, and leave it for Mike.'

"Quite a crew," Wolff says.

Allow Charles Rosboril to speak for the group.

"All agree that perhaps the golf balls of today don't seem to go as far as they used to, or the course is getting somewhat longer. When walking, the hills seem to get a little bit steeper. And after putting out and getting their ball out of the hole, they swear the hole gets deeper."

Allow us to thank Charles Rosboril for allowing you to allow him to introduce them.