Posted by: Rolf | February 7, 2015

Gus Andreone

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PGA Professional Gus Andreone’s “hole-in-one” is obviously a big deal.

The 103-year-old man recorded the eighth “ace” of his career on the 113-yard, 14th hole of the “Lakes Course” at Palm Aire in Sarasota, Florida.

As the news traveled the “social” waves, it also became clear that this was in all likelihood a “record” event, since Andreone is the “oldest” known person to record a “hole-in-one.”

There’s no “sure” way to know, but nobody older has ever “notified” a golf institution with “proper” verification.

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 in an e-mail.

According to Schrock, the oldest male “previously” was Otto Bucher, 99, of Geneva, Switzerland on the 130-yard 12th hole at Spain’s “La Manga Club” in January 1985.

101-year-old Harold Stilson “aced” the 108 yards 16th hole in 2001 at “Deerfield Country Club” in Deerfield Beach, Fl. 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.

Golf Digest lists 102-year-old Elsie McLean as the oldest player for her hole-in-one in 2007 at “Bidwell Park Golf Course.”

Andreone has long been a “fixture” serving the PGA of America for “over” 75 years.

There’s a wooden “statue” of Andreone, the creation of Palm Aire club member John Gray, which overlooks the “Gus Andreone Practice and Teaching Facility.”

The statue, presented in 2011 to “honor” Andreone on his 100th birthday, “symbolizes the humble man’s unpretentious affection for the game, his profession and what it means to wake up every day knowing that there’s more golf to be played,” wrote PGA Senior Association Writer Bob Denney.

Perhaps just as “incredible” as the ace itself is the “length of time” between Andreone’s first ace and his latest: “75” years. His first came in 1939.

The 103 years “young” Andreone still plays golf “three” times per week.

In the video, Andreone says his “par” for the course these days is “90.”

“If I shoot a bogey on every hole, that’s a 90,” he said.

With that being the case, Andreone “shot” a nifty 7-under 83 in relation to his “par” in the round that included his “latest” ace.

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Remember this “quote” from Andreone: “As long as I can swing a club, I’ll be playing golf.”

See you at the first tee…


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