CLOSEsuccessful college football coach dies suddenly at age 57 - 94-year-old caps his golf career with hole-in-one

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Two sides of Ben Bender’s lifestyles – religion and golfing – got here in combination for his ultimate spherical at the direction.

The 94-year-old, who has hip bursitis, used his Five-wood to make a hole-in-one at the 3rd gap remaining month at Inexperienced Valley.

Bender simplest performed a couple of extra holes sooner than strolling into the clubhouse and telling Inexperienced Valley supervisor Steve Galloway that he used to be accomplished.

Hearl Cubbison witnessed Bender’s shot.

“I might come shut to a few hole-in-ones, however this one used to be stage at the inexperienced sooner than it curved against the outlet and went in,” Bender mentioned. “I used to be in awe staring at it. I performed a couple of extra holes, however my hips had been hurting and I needed to prevent. It gave the impression the Lord knew this used to be my remaining spherical so he gave me a hole-in-one.”

The spherical wasn’t going neatly, famous Galloway. He mentioned Bender shot no less than a 7 at the different 5 holes he performed, but it surely simply takes one shot to make it a memorable spherical.

“(Ben) shot eight on 1 and seven on 2 so that you guessed it, a hole-in-one on three,” he mentioned. “What an excellent feat.”

Golfing has been part of Bender’s lifestyles since he used to be 28. 

“The second one gap I ever performed, I hit my pressure against a fence,” Bender recalled. “After I were given there, I used to be able to place my ball on a tee when every other man mentioned you’ll be able to’t do this. You’ll be able to simplest tee it up while you pressure it. I hit that ball and hopped out of the grass like a rabbit.

“That is how I discovered to play the sport,” he added. “We talked to one another and labored in combination. I loved the sport till the top.”

Golfing gave him lots, and it used to be becoming to cap his occupation with the rarest feat.

“I used to be fortunate to play golfing this lengthy, however I by no means anticipated (a hole-in-one),” he mentioned. “It used to be the remaining time I used to be in a position to play, and I feel God had a hand on this. I cherished the sport and hate to present it up, however I will’t play ceaselessly.”


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