The Blind Golfers

Written by Verne R. Sanford. Posted in Health & Wellness, Senior Living

Published on January 18, 2017 with No Comments

A pastor, a doctor and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, “What’s with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!” The doctor chimed in, “I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such ineptitude!” The pastor said, “Hey, here comes the greens keeper. Let’s have a word with him.” “Hi George! Say, what’s with that group ahead of us? They’re rather slow, aren’t they?” The greens keeper replied,

“Oh, yes, that’s a group of blind firefighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime.”

The group was silent for a moment. The pastor said, “That’s so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.” The doctor said, “Good idea.

And I’m going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there’s anything he can do for them.”   The engineer said, “Why can’t these guys play at night?”

Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group, Inc.

Upcoming February Meetings

Tuesday, Feb. 14

From 6 to 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 103 N. Franklin, Valparaiso

Speaker: Tami Jones, Itinerant Teacher for the Blind, Bosma Enterprises, call 219-669-1344 for more information.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

From 10 to11 a.m., Celebration Room, (First Floor) Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Village Circle, Valparaiso. (Building behind Aperion Health Systems; formerly Whispering Pines Health Care Center, 3301 N. Calumet)

Moderator:Verne R. Sanford, Topic: How to live with low vision.

We welcome all persons at our meetings, whether or not they have low vision.  Within Porter County and during daylight hours, call the Porter County Aging & Community Services bus at 219-462-4302 for a free door-to-door ride for the legally blind, or 50 cents each way for seniors, $1 each way for others.  Phone a week or two ahead.

For more information call Verne R. Sanford at 219-464-1867 or email

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About Verne R. Sanford

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Verne R. Sanford, 75, is professor emeritus of mathematics at Valparaiso University. He retired in 1993 and is currently writing his 24th memoir story. He is president of Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group Inc. He and his wife of 52 years, Marie, have five children and 14 grandchildren. Contact him at 219-464-1867, visit or e-mail

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