PGA Professional Gus Andreone plays golf on his 104th birthday

Gus and Betty Andreone
The PGA of America
PGA Life Member Gus Andreone and his wife Betty marked Gus's 104th birthday with personalized jerseys.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, October 01, 2015 | 2:42 p.m.
 
If any of us ever needed a reminder that golf is a game we can enjoy our entire lives, we only need to look to Gus Andreone. The oldest living PGA Professional, Andreone celebrated his 104th birthday on Wednesday. 
 
And, of course, he made sure his celebration included some golf at his longtime club, Palm Aire Country Club in Sarasota, Fla.  
 
 
Those who know him wouldn't have expected anything else – seeing as how Andreone still plays four or five times a week. He even made his eighth hole-in-one last year – becoming the oldest person known to have made an ace.
 
Andreone's friends at Palm Aire threw a birthday bash for Andreone, where and his wife Betty enjoyed the big day. Among his gifts were his-and-her jerseys with "Andreone" and "104" on the back – Gus even wore his out on the course. 
 
 
Along with golf, Andreone says the secrets to his longevity are sticking to his daily routine, doing mental exercises like crossword puzzles and, most of all, "don't be a couch potato." That's great advice for all of us, no matter our age. 
 
"The worse thing in the world is to be sitting still and doing nothing," said Andreone, who became a PGA member in 1939. "Every morning before I get out of bed, I do a certain set of exercises that help my knees, back and hips. It works for me." 
 
Golf obviously continues to play a big role in Andreone's life, and he remains eager to share his love of the game with others.  
 
"Golf has been wonderful to me," he said, "and I hope that I can inspire others to pick it up."