Hot Tub Revealed as Secret Weapon for Maine Golf Champ

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Jim Van Fleet, winner of the Maine State Senior Amateur Golf Championship and owner of Mainely Tubs, will go on to represent Maine in a tri-state championship this weekend with a secret weapon: his hot tub.

On the afternoon of August 27th, the MESGA presented the Maine State Senior Amateur Golf Championship trophy to Jim Van Fleet of Yarmouth, after he posted the best score by five strokes in the two-day tournament in Old Orchard Beach. Van Fleet, owner of Mainely Tubs, will go on to represent Maine in a tri-state championship later this month. When asked if he had a secret weapon that helped lead him to victory, he responded "my hot tub!"

Van Fleet uses his backyard hot tub almost every morning throughout the year. The mornings of August 26th & 27th were no exception as he rose at 4:30 and went directly to the hot tub. But on these mornings Van Fleet did not drive to work at Mainely Tubs in Scarborough (the hot tub and sauna company he owns and operates); he drove to Old Orchard Beach where he competed amongst Maine’s finest senior golfers (55+) for the Maine State Championship.

"The hot tub helps me relax and get loose in the morning before golf," says Van Fleet who at 65 is still very active, playing as much golf as he can when he’s not helping customers in Maine and NH install hot tubs of their own. "But I also get in after a round [of golf] as it helps my muscles and lower back recover." Van Fleet cites research from national organizations and professional trainers alike. ‘Hot water immersion’, the technical term for soaking in your hot tub, promotes circulation and the healing of sore muscles and joints. "It’s not just about relaxation," Van Fleet says. "Its also about giving our bodies a warm near-weightless environment to recover and rejuvenate."

With so much talk in the news about athletes trying to gain a leg up with steroids and blood doping, Van Fleet’s secret advantage is refreshingly a legal one. "Some of these guys are 10 years younger than me," he exclaims with a smile. "I need all the help I can get!"

So as some of New England’s best golfers prepare for the Tri-state Championship Sept. 20-22 at Martindale in Auburn, Mainers can all relax knowing that this year Maine has a secret weapon.

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