By: Brian G
Posted: February 18, 2014
I'm 66 years old and have been playing golf off and on for the past 50+ years. My amateur playing career was interrupted many times during my working career however now that I'm no longer employed I play usually twice a week with the Hampton Men's Senior Group located in Cumming, Georgia. I can still move the ball pretty well for my age, height (5' 9") and weight (155 lbs.). Still have great club head speed for a guy who's had 3 back surgeries in the past 10 years. (Disc fusions...L3 through S1)!!
Playing with the Hampton Golf Club Men's Senior group (managed/run by William Carter) on Monday, February 17th I used a 9 iron on our Par 3 17th hole, playing about 130 yards. The shot was gorgeous to watch. A high arching, slight power fade, (similar to how Bubba Watson hits his power fade shots :-) in the cool, (only about 42 degrees with the wind blowing) morning air, landed about 8-10 feet short of the pin and rolled slowly into the cup! At least we thought it rolled into the cup from the tee. We (the other three members of my foursome) were not exactly sure if it rolled into the cup or ended up just behind the pin. Once we arrived at the green and looked into the cup, there it was, quite a beautiful thing to see. I then let out a very loud cheer heard many holes away and proceeded to run around the green, screaming and yelling like a wild man! Looking for someone to HI Five like Hale Irwin did way back in the U.S. Open!
I ended up having to buy the beer for the entire men's senior group who were playing that morning however the cost of the beer was well worth the thrill of making my first hole-in-one.
Hope it doesn't take me another 66 years to make my second hole-in-one!