At 103 years old, golfer Gus Andreone proves that age is just a number
Many golfers labour over the links for their entire lives and never get that coveted hole-in-one. Gus Andreone has aced eight of them. But then again, Andreone is not your typical golfer.
On Wednesday, the 103-year-old Andreone hit a hole-in-one at the Lakes Course at Palm Aire in Sarasota, Florida. According to the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), he is likely the oldest person to record a hole-in-one, beating out 102-year-old Elsie McLean, who hit a hole-in-one in 2007.
“You do like you do any other time. You tee the ball up and take a club and tee the ball up and take a swing. Just another swing like you do any other time,” said Andreone, who shot 83 on the 4,535-yard layout. “I just got my arms in the air, just like anyone else would do.
“I hit it solid and the ball then hit the ground about 30 yards from the green and kept rolling, rolling and rolling. It fell into the hole, which was cut on the right middle part of the green. Miracles do happen once in a while.”
Once in a while is right. Andreone’s latest hole-in-one was the eighth of his life. His first ace came all the way back in 1939, meaning he gets one about once per decade. Not too shabby.
Andreone said he plays three times a week and has been a PGA member for more than 75 years. A wooden statue of him overlooks the Gus Andreone Practice and Teaching Facility at the Palm Aire Country Club, and the 103-year-old is reportedly in good health.
“I take a spoon of honey every morning in my coffee. Every morning,” Andreone said, according to the PGA. “Before I get out of bed, I do a certain set of exercises that help my knees, back and hips. It works for me.”
Scroll down to watch a CNN video interview with Andreone after his historic hole-in-one.
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Published: December 23, 2014 04:00 AM