Local Olympian buys Waco golf course

POSTED: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 3:36pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 3:42pm

In 1952, pole vaulter Bob Richards won Olympic gold. He repeated 4 years later.

“It was magnificent," said Richards "It’s hard to explain it. They are playing the star spangled banner and they drape that gold medal over your neck and let me tell you. You talk about crying- It’s nearly impossible to describe the feelings you have.”

Shortly after, he became the first athlete to cover a box of Wheaties.

“For 13 years I was the Wheaties spokes person," said Richards.

He used his notoriety to become a motivational speaker by giving more than 15,000 speeches in his life.

This past summer, at the ripe age of 86, Bob needed major heart surgery.

While recovering, he decided to buy the Lake Waco Golf Club for 1.4 million dollars.

“It’s a sport that anybody can play. And I had my own health in mind. That I would play golf everyday and stay in shape," said Richards.

Larry Salter is the General Manager. He’s been playing the course his whole life and welcomes Bob as the new owner.

“When we took it over there was clover, and weeds, it was in terrible condition," said Salter.

For Richards, being on a golf course is perfect therapy and a way to stay active.

“You’re out in mother nature where it’s bristling and beautiful. You’re breathing good air. And it’s really healthy," said Richards. "Golf is like life: with each shot, there’s a certain reaction. If you hit a bad one, you got to go on to the next hole. You can’t worry about the past hole. You gotta go on.”

And going on, is what Bob plans to do.

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