Mike Amorelli, fixture at Copper Hill Country Club in Ringoes, beloved by members

Amorelli, 95, has been a fixture at the Copper Hill Country Club in Ringoes for the past 63 years. (6/15/14)

RINGOES - Many New Jersey men spent the sunny Father's Day hitting the links. Mike Amorelli never had any children of his own, but he too spent the day on the golf course, because he couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

Amorelli, 95, has been a fixture at the Copper Hill Country Club in Ringoes for the past 63 years. He remembers he was selling newspapers when someone suggested he become a caddie to make more money.

He got his PGA card and, after returning from World War II, he met Copper Hill's president.

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Amorelli even met his wife at the club about 60 years ago. She passed away in 2009, and while he has no kids of his own, he feels like a father to many of the more than 200 members of the club.

News 12 spoke to members who say they look up to Amorelli because of the help and advice he has given them. Some members pay him back by driving him to his doctor appointments.

Amorelli doesn't golf anymore because he doesn't have the energy. But he can still be found at Copper Hill almost every day of the week talking about the sport.

He turns 96 next month.

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