A 93-year-old golfer from Ohio is on his way to internet stardom after his touching story has gone viral. Ben Bender made his first ever hole in one at the beginning of May 2018, and promptly announced that he had played his final ever round. He was retiring from the game in style after having played for 65 years.
Bender started playing golf when he was 28 but had never aced a hole until his last round, when the shot came on the 152-yard third hole at Green Valley golf course in Ohio. “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 Zanesville Times Recorder.
“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.”
“I was lucky to play golf this long, but I never expected [a hole-in-one],” he 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.”
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