PGA- Gus Andreone of Sarasota, Florida, the oldest member of the PGA of America, said he counts himself among the most blessed golfers. The 103-year-old PGA Life Member recorded his eighth career hole-in-one during a "Wacky Wednesday" golf outing at Palm Aire Country Club.
It is likely that he also now becomes the oldest person to record a hole in one. Previous news reports had the 2007 ace by Elsie McLean as the oldest person to ace a hole at 102.
I love Gus. Love the bucket hat. Love the white vest over yellow polo swag. Love the knee high socks. Everything about Gus says he shouldn't be nailing hole in one's of any variety. His age, his body, his eyesight. That shot ignored all forms of science. Physics, biology, all of it.
With that said, he's got to go. Absolutely has to kick the bucket. Not now, but right now. Not because I don't love the guy, but because that is his last chance to go out on top. If a 40 year old hockey player wins the Stanley Cup, he retires. That's just a rule. Go out in a blaze of glory if given the opportunity. Hell, I'm in my late 20's and I might go swimming with alligators if I hit a hole in one at 'Pitch and Putt'. I am sure his family would miss him, but sometimes the story is worth more than Grandpa lasting a few more, ultimately miserable, years. I don't know how it has to happen, but it does. Maybe a heart attack due to a sudden amount of excitement? Part of me wishes the skies opened up and he was struck by lightening seconds after making that shot, Caddy Shack style.
If that shot was Gus' farewell he goes out as a king. Everyone would be sitting around at the funeral marveling over his golf skills. Talking about how he died being the best at what he loves. If he croaks in three years after crapping his diaper and falling down the stairs, 'the shot' is no longer the story. It will be long forgotten by then. Both grandparents usually pass away within a short period of time because one can't live without the other. With that said, I don't want Gus to live a life without hole-in-ones. They are basically his soulmate.
P.S. Gus has 8 career hole in one's and averages about 90 a round. That means a man knocking on death's door could beat me by about 40 strokes in a sport. The good news is, I got about 75 years to catch up. Might I'll wait until Gus gets a little more senile and convince him I am his grandchild, I have got a lot to learn.