Conversation with Peg Toft … Kremmling’s gold medalist |

Conversation with Peg Toft … Kremmling’s gold medalist

Grand County, Colorado
Photo courtesy of Becky Beason

Kremmling resident and former long-term mayor Peg Toft recently returned from the 2008 Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, with a gold medal from the golf tournament.

The games are for competitors 50 and up. Participants from 20 countries competed. Events range from bridge, archery, basketball, mountain biking, softball and more.

Toft, 74, competed in the 70-74 age group and came in first place among the 20 golfers who competed in her division. About 370 men and women competed in all the golf divisions.

She drove to the games with her friend Nontis Lowdner of Rifle, who also won a gold medal in the 65- to 70-year-old group.

“We play together year-round,” Toft said. “It’s really an amazing event … It’s mostly (run) by senior volunteers.”

The games began in 1987. They include an opening and closing ceremony, entertainment and free medical screening. About 9,700 athletes participated in the games this year. This was her first year competing in the games.

“I’m going to go back, though,” Toft promised.

Toft has lived in the Kremmling her whole life. She was a rancher outside town and after the ranch sold she moved into town. She has three daughters, a son, nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Her former husband’s name was Pete.

For more information about the games, Toft can be reached at (970) 724-3505.

What was the 2008 Huntsman World Senior Games course like?

“They were pretty hard courses. We played two different days … We didn’t get real low scores. Everyone got pretty much the same ” I just happened to get lucky.”

How long were you in Utah?

“I went to Utah Sunday and came back Thursday. It was cold the first few days and warm the next two.”

How long have you played golf?

“About 15 years.”

Where do you play.

“I play at Grand Elk, Headwaters, and Rifle Gap. And I play tournaments pretty much all over the state.”

How did you become interested in golf?

“My daughter (Pam Buerger) started playing down at Rifle and she got me going down with her.”

What do you enjoy about the game?

“It keeps me active and is very challenging.”

What is your strongest part of your game?

“Putting is probably my best part of the game. I don’t hit it too far, I hit it up the middle.”

How many tournaments do you participate in a year? “About 15 or 16.”

Do you improve your game every year?

“On some parts I do. The older you get you get, a little less better (you get). But I stay about the same handicap every year.”

Do you usually take first place in the tournaments?

“I probably win two or three a year in my flight, in my division.”

Have you always been athletic?

“Yes. I have played a lot of other sports ” basketball and softball.”

What are your hobbies?

“Mainly golf. I used to refinish furniture.”

Do you enjoy living in Kremmling?

“Kremmling’s just a good town where you can go to town and have a cup of coffee and be friendly with anyone. It’s still just a small town that you can enjoy.”

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