It's news that a 103-year-old man is still golfing, even better then that Gus Andreone made an ace on the 113-yard, 14th hole at the Lakes Course at Palm Aire in Sarasota, Fla.
T.J. Auclair reports for PGA.com and tries to figure out if Andreone is the oldest ace-maker ever.
Cliff Schrock, Editor at the Golf Digest Resource Center, believes the record is now Andreone's.
"We would see Mr. Andreone's ace as the oldest for male or female golfers if Palm Aire's Lakes Course is indeed a regulation layout. It looks that way to me on their website," Schrock told PGA.com in an e-mail.
Accoridng to Schrock: The oldest male previously was Otto Bucher, 99, of Geneva, Switzerland on the 130-yard 12th hole at La Manga (Spain) Club in January 1985. He noted that 101-year-old Harold Stilson aced the 16th hole (108 yards) in 2001 at Deerfield Country Club in Deerfield Beach, Fla., but that course, however, has nine par-3 holes.
"We stubborn traditionalists don't like to recognize records unless they take place on a regulation course," Schrock said.
As such, Mr. Stilson was listed with an asterisk.
Golf Digest had Elsie McLean as the oldest player for her hole-in-one in 2007 at Bidwell Park Golf course; she was 102.
BTW...love the cart!
Andreone spoke with Fox13's Kim Kuizon and told her it was a driver that flew to the hole. His first ace was 75 years ago!
"I always hit the ball short with the driver and it rolls up on the green," he said.
This time was different. His golf buddies watched closely.
"I'm looking, this, this, and bang! Went right in the hole. Perfect shot," Wayne Webster said.
Andreone maintained his cool.
"They jumped up and down. It is in the hole they pointed they all got excited￼. In the hole in the hole," he described to his friends.
He sunk a hole in one, and it's not his first time. Andreone has eight holes in one.
"I can't say that I felt any different about one or the other. I just felt another hole in one," he said.
He made his first hole in one 75 years ago. He thought this one called for some special celebration.