It's been about 20 years since Roderick Bowman competed in the sport he loves most -- wrestling.
Since he last wrestled in high school, Bowman remained active through working out, cycling and jogging. He's now taken up golf to keep his competitive juices flowing at 38 years old.
"Golf is something that a lot of my friends play, and I didn't want to be left out," Bowman said. "I've learned that it's a very mental game -- more than any other sport I've played -- and you have to concentrate."
Bowman moved to the Chattanooga area about six months ago to be with his fiancée. He came from Monticello, Ga., after growing up in Cape Coral, Fla.
"I want to work on my swing, work on my score and be able to compete with all my friends," said Bowman, who has a starter set of clubs and will upgrade his equipment when his game improves enough for an investment. "Every day that I'm off or I have some free time, I hit balls and work at it."
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...