This 50-year golf career gets better with age
For the past half century, Michael Hughett has played a lot of golf and won a lot of tournaments.
Michael Hughett and his collection of golf awards
For 50 years, Michael Hughett has played a lot of golf and won a lot of tournaments.
His 2016 victory in the Oklahoma State Golf Association’s Senior Stroke Play Championship at Meadowbrook Country Club made it his 19th OSGA title, which is the most in association history. That championship came 30 years after his first win, an OSGA State Stroke Play Championship at Tulsa Country Club.
Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Hughett started playing golf at age 9. Following high school, he played for Oral Roberts University for three years before transferring to Nebraska, where he redshirted one year before finishing his college career.
For the past 20 years, Hughett has worked for NORDAM, where he serves as the chief financial officer. He rarely has time to play a round on a weekday, but he always finds time to hit the links on the weekend at Owasso Golf and Athletic Club, where he has been a member since 1999.
Hughett has qualified for the U.S. Senior Championship five times, but has never been able to get past the third round. Just one more match, and he’d receive an automatic qualifier to the next one instead of earning it through competition.
He typically plays in six to 10 tournaments a year, and his goal is to play at least 10 this year. “The competition keeps me motivated to always get better,” Hughett says. “I don’t let age get in the way of that.”