Feel Good Friday: A Hole-in-One For the Ages

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If you waited literally your entire life for your first hole-in-one, would you walk you away from the game once it finally happened?

According to the Zanesville Times Recorder, that’s what 93-year-old, Ben Bender of Zanesville, Ohio did last month after draining his first ever hole-in-one.

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Ben, who suffers from hip bursitis, used his trusty five-wood on the par-3.

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

According to course manager, Steve Galloway, the round wasn’t exactly going very well until Bender got to the third hole.

“He shot 8 on 1 and 7 on 2 so you guessed it, a hole-in-one on 3,” he said. “What an amazing feat.”

But as we all know, all it takes is one shot to make a round one to remember.

“I was lucky to play golf this long, but I never expected (a hole-in-one),” Ben 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.”

I think we can all agree there’s no better way to walk away from the game we love.

Congratulations, Mr. Bender. Well deserved and a long time coming.

Cover Image via Zanesville Times Recorder

About Kris McEwen

Kris became obsessed with the game of golf after deciding to finally hang up his baseball cleats about four years ago. Still learning the game, he’s leaned on much of the on-line golf community for help and loves to return the favor whenever possible.

A contributor to several golf sites in the past, Kris writes from the perspective of your average golfer. One who has a passion for the game, but also has the typical restrictions of life and budget.

He can be reached on Twitter at @krismcewen.

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