It is Never to Late for a Hole-in-One!

Atypical for the Grateful Golfer, I have not written for a while. With all going on in my life, I was less than motivated to write something. Well that changed tonight when I was checking my comments and Kevin (an avid reader and supporter of the Grateful Golfer) sent me something that brought back the writing juices and an interest in writing about golf. Thanks Kevin, I appreciate the support. So, keep reading and I hope this article brings a smile to your face!

Well my timing and the rains timing didn’t mesh today. I’ll have to try again tomorrow. In the meantime I read a short article from Golf Digest today. I was in an app and couldn’t get the address, but it’s short so I’ll just relay it for you:

To all cursed hackers that have never recorded a hole-in-one, Ben Bender is proof that you should never lose the faith.

According to the Zanesville Times Recorder, Bender, a 93-year-old Ohioan, made his first ace in seven decades of playing golf at Green Valley (Ohio) Golf Club.

“I’d come close to some hole-in-ones, but this one was level on the green before it curved towards the hole and went in,” Bender told the Times Recorder. “I was in awe watching it.”

And, according to Bender, it came in the final round of his life.

“I played a few more holes, but my hips were hurting and I had to stop,” Bender said. “It seemed the Lord knew this was my last round so he gave me a hole-in-one.”

Bender began playing when he bought a set of Wilson’s and a golf bag for $50. He got as low as a 3 handicap, although admitted his game has struggled as of late. Making his feat that much sweeter.

“I was lucky to play golf this long, but I never expected (a hole-in-one),” Bender said. “It was the last time I was able to play, and I think God had a hand in this. I loved the game and hate to give it up, but I can’t play forever.” (Golf Digest)

What a fantastic story! First, I want to golf at 93 and second, I want my last shot to be a hole-in-one! I am still smiling about the story.

As stated before, I have 3 holes-in-one and think that every par 3 offers a perfect chance for another. I will continue to seek this elusive shot and hopefully I will find a few more.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

6 thoughts on “It is Never to Late for a Hole-in-One!

  1. Jim, very touching story, thanks to you and Kevin for sharing. I can only hope I’ll still be thinking of golf when I’m 93.

    Had a somewhat similar experience not too long ago. My neighbor and I back to Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, MD and she’s been a member there for 27 years. She’s retiring to Florida in June and resigned her membership. Yes, you guessed it, on her last round at the club, she dropped her first with a 9-iron. While not the final round of her life, her smile was a mile wide as she told me the story.

    I do look forward to your almost daily musings and hope you’re doing well and feeling up to writing and playing as often as you can. Stay strong and keep ’em coming!


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  2. Well, I struggled on the range yesterday. The draw swing just didn’t want to come that day. The only balls I managed to draw I also pulled hard. Funny, the wind favored a draw too. Oh well. Another day it will come back. At least my bad luck yesterday didn’t follow me today. I played pretty well today. Dodging rain drops all the while, but it was light and made for a nice, cool afternoon on the course.

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