3 Local Competitors Head to Golden Age Games

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

You're never too old to play and a group of seniors in the Grand Valley are doing just that in the 23rd Annual Veterans Golden Age Games.

From golf to shuffle board and even horse shoes, three local veterans from Grand Junction are preparing to go for the gold. "Well I don't want to brag but I brought back three gold, in bowling and one in horse shoes," says, Emma Folnsbee. This will be the 6th time she's competed in the National veteran’s Golden Age Games.

Folnsbee is a Women's Army Corp veteran, mother of seven, grandmother of 16 and great grandmother of 17. And every year she looks forward to the competition. Folnsbee says, "I've been packed for the whole month, ready to go."

This year the games are being held in Birmingham, Alabama with 700 veterans over the age of 55 competing. "I'm 73 years old and I have a lot of fun," says, Folnsbee. That's only ten days older then fellow competitor Eric Rosenquist.

"yah she pulls rank, she even out ranks me," says, Rosenquist, who has been competing for the last ten years. Rosenquist brought home several medals in the games, just not the gold, like Folnsbee. "And she never lets me forget about her gold medals," says, Rosenquist joking about his friend.

This year Rosenquist and Folnsbee will be joined by retired Air Force Veteran Darrel Chapman. Chapman will compete in several games but will mainly focus on golf. "The biggest challenge is not being able to see where your ball went," says, Chapman. That's because Chapman is almost completely blind.

"It sounded good but you wonder was it really that good? That's kinda the challenge," he says laughing.

The three competitors leave for Alabama Sunday morning for the week long event.


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