Golf Tournament Celebrates Jack LaLanne

There's a new word that combines golf and recreation. It's called “golfreation.”

Thanks to Jamba Juice and the family of Jack LaLanne, the inaugural Jack LaLanne Celebrity “Golfreation” Event will be held Thursday at Pacific Grove Golf Links overlooking the Monterey Bay in California. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) and the First Tee Central Coast, funding physical education and activity programs in California's schools.

More details about the event can be found on the CAHPERD website. The event honors fitness legend Jack LaLanne, who died in January at his home in Morro Bay, CA, at the age of 96. His wife of 51 years, Elaine LaLanne, is the event's host.

“It's a tribute that would make him very proud, as it is in keeping with his philosophy of exercise, and to just move if you are unable to do anything else,” Elaine said in a statement.

The LaLannes have had a long love affair with the game of golf. When I interviewed their son Dan Doyle for Jack's Lifetime Achievement Award profile, Dan told me how Jack would tape his famous TV show in the morning, then go out and shoot a round of golf. The Monterey County (CA) Herald wrote recently that Jack picked up golf at age 50, shot his age four times at 73 and five times at 74.

Perhaps the best story about golf involves Elaine. Dr. Charles McCarl, a friend of Jack and Elaine for years, told me that he and his wife visited the LaLannes at their home in Palm Springs, CA, when Elaine was overdue with their son, Jon.

“What can I do?” Elaine asked McCarl, seeking advice from her doctor friend about being overdue. “I don't feel like I'm going into labor yet. I want to get this over with!”

“Why don't you and I go out and play a round of golf?” McCarl suggested.

“Well, that sounds good,” she said.

So out they went, and Elaine more than held her own, McCarl recalls.

“She did terrifically,” he said, “even though she had her stomach out so far she couldn't see the ball.”

That round of golf must have done the trick. A couple of days later, Elaine gave birth to Jon.

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