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A Raft Of Injuries In His
Senior Years Doesn’t Stop
Professional Golfer Fred Funk
by Ed Frank
If you’re a senior citizen, you know full well the aches and pains
that proliferate your “golden years.” But if your livelihood
depends upon fighting your body such as a professional golfer
on the Champions Tour, those injuries take on an all different
Golfer Fred Funk, at 59 years old, has struggled with a raft of
injuries that would retire most athletes, but he continues to com-
pete at a high level, winning $1.2 million last year when he won
his ninth championship on the Champions Tour.
We caught up with Funk recently on a trip north while he was
playing in the Encompass Championship in Chicago where he
finished sixth with sub-par scores of 65, 70 and 71, pocketing $64,600.
That 65 was the lowest first round score of the tournament.
Just imagine playing week after week competitively after enduring these medical
procedures – a complete knee replacement in 2009, a bone fuse with wires and two
pins in his left thumb in 2011 and fighting painful tendonitis in his left elbow today.
“Your body responds and heals with proper rehab, but it’s a never-ending process,”
After years of chronic pain in his left knee, he had the knee replacement in early
2009. In June of that year, he became the oldest qualifier at age 53 for the U.S.
Open. And in August of that same year, he won his second major championship on
the Champions Tour, the U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana.
Today, Funk is sponsored on the tour by Stryker Orthopedics, the company that
supplied his new knee. “It was a tough way to get a new sponsor,” he laughed.
The pain in his left elbow has been so severe that at one time he couldn’t even
twist a cap off a bottle, let alone grip a golf club.
“After two months, it still wasn’t any better and some doctors suggested surgery
that would require at least six to 12 months away from the tour,” he said.
But a fellow player suggested treating the injury with electromagnetic pulse therapy,
and after 10 days of treatment, he returned to the golf course.
“I just don’t like taking pain killers as I don’t like what they do to your body,” he
So he continues to fight through the pain to play the game he loves.
His career earnings total over $22 million with nine victories on the Champions
Tour ($10 million) and eight victories on the PGA Tour.
Fred Funk is walking testimony that your senior years do not have to be relegated
to a rocking chair. We can all learn from his spirit of competitiveness.
Miracle Begin Six-Game Home Stand Tonight
The Fort Myers Miracle begin a six-game home stand tonight (Friday) hosting
Tampa at 7:05 p.m. at Hammond Stadium. The same two teams meet again Saturday
night at 6:05 p.m.
The Miracle began the week with a second-half season record of 14-11, third place
in the Florida State League South Division.
Lakeland provides the opposition for four games, Sunday through Wednesday with
a Sunday matinee at 4:05 p.m .
Fort Myers began the week with a 2-1 win Monday night over Jupiter. Miracle
pitcher Aaron Slegers pitched seven innings of one-run ball to gain his seventh vic-
tory against five losses. He tops the Miracle pitching staff with 106.1 innings hurled
and a 2.88 ERA.
Assisted Living Seminars
Shell Point Retirement
senior adults and their
family members to two edu-
cational seminars in August
that will cover basic questions
about assisted living care.
Both free presentations are
hosted by Shell Point’s assist-
ed living expert McKenzie
Millis at The Springs at Shell
Learn the top 10 signs
that indicate when one should
consider making a move to
assisted living during When Is
It Time to Move to Assisted
Living? on Friday, August 7 at
10 a.m. Gain a better under-
standing of the differences
between independent living,
assisted living, and skilled nursing care. Reservations are required at 454-2077.
Worried About a Parent? Here’s What You Need to Know About Assisted Living
will be held on Thursday, August 27 at 6 p.m. This crash course about assisted liv-
ing is designed for those with a loved one who may need assisted living care in the
near future. This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of assisted living
services, suggest who would benefit most from it, and discuss what to consider when
searching for assisted living facilities. Reservations are required at 454-2077.
The Springs at Shell Point is located off of Summerlin Road and McGregor
Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel Causeway, at 13901 Shell Point Plaza in Fort
Myers. The Springs offers affordable, month-to-month assisted living care on a private-
pay basis, and provides access to Shell Point’s resort-style amenities and healthcare
For more information about The Springs at Shell Point or to request a brochure,
call 454-2077 or visit www.shellpoint.org/assistedliving.
Special Dog Joins The Cast
Gulf Coast Humane Society (GHCS)
announced that Misha, a three-
and-a-half-year-old black lab mix,
has been adopted by the show called
“Misha is one of those special dogs that
kept me awake at night thinking how we
can help her find the best home. We are
so excited that she will have a home, a
job and a family,” said Jennifer Galloway,
executive director of GHCS.
Misha was owner surrendered to GCHS
in September 2014. She was a very
friendly and extremely energetic dog that
never seemed to stop moving. She loves
water, to play ball and has a very high
drive and intellect. Volunteer director Kelly
Legarreta reached out to training contacts
and industry friends for help to find Misha
her special place. Crystal McClaren of Bo
Nose Rescue, prominent in the sport of
dock diving, agreed to foster Misha and
introduced her to some water sports to get
her in the dock diving world. Misha jumped
her first session having no fear of the water
and, along with jumping, learned some manners, crate training and socialization skills
with other dogs.
McClaren then posted Misha’s dock diving sessions on social media and Tom
Clements, a Kansas City resident and owner of Muttallica, saw the videos and fell in
love. An Ultimate Canines LLC produced show, Muttallica is a family oriented specta-
cle developed by Mary and Tom Clements of training and dog sport fame. They, along
with 15 rescued and adopted animals, have created a show that is perfect for any age.
The show is a combination of rescued and adopted dogs plus Darlin Dixie, the world’s
most talented miniature horse. The dogs perform tricks, world class Frisbee and a few
surprises. Then, Dixie wows the crowds with her basketball playing, painting, dancing
and playing instruments.
“Misha is a fairytale ending for a wonderful animal. She is such a sweet, happy and
amazing dog. Misha has so much potential and she was going just crazy here because
she needed a job. Our hearts couldn’t be happier for her.” said Legarreta.
“This is why we do what we do,” added Clements. “We would rather save the dogs
that really need saving.”
The Springs at Shell Point offers affordable, month-
to-month assisted living on a private-pay basis, with
access to Shell Point’s resort-style amenities and
From page 13
Seafood Grille; Great Blue Heron
Sponsors: Arthur Printing, Bailey’s
General Store, Mike and Terry Baldwin,
Bank of the Islands, Island Sun, Jensen’s
on the Gulf and Marina & Cottages,
Jerry’s Foods, Mitchell’s Sand Castles &
Forty/Fifteen Resorts, Sanibel Captiva
Community Bank, Sanibel Moorings,
Spotlight Graphics, Jim and Patty
Sprankle, Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts;
Reddish Egret Sponsors: Sarah Ashton
and Jim Metzler, Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis
Club, Stewart and Sons Insurance, Inc.;
Snowy Egret Sponsors: Charlotte Harbor
National Estuary Program (CHNEP),
Grounds by Green Ways, Over Easy
Café, Sanibel Art & Frame, She Sells Sea
Shells, Suncatchers’ Dream, Winston and
To support DDWS and the refuge with
a tax-deductible gift, visit www.dingdar-
lingsociety.org or contact Birgie Miller at
292-0566, 472-1100 ext. 4 or director@
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