It's Hearn, but not seen, as Granville holes out
It’s not uncommon for golfers not to see their ball disappear into the hole when hitting a hole-in-one – but Granville Hearn had a different excuse for missing the moment: at 94, his eyesight’s not quite what it was.
Yes, that’s right, 94. The soon-to-be 95-year-old hit a hole-in-one recently at Providence Country Club, in Charlotte, USA.
The Charlotte Observer reported that Hearn started playing when he was 58, after he finished his reserve duty with the military. He’s not a spectacular golfer, though, usually scoring in the mid-90s. But recently, during his usual Saturday round of golf with a group of 15 friends he struck a fine five-iron to ace the par-three, 115-yard 16th.
Hearn couldn’t see his ball approaching the cup because his eyesight, like his driving distance, isn’t what it used to be. He reached down to pick up his tee, and it wasn’t until his two partners started yelling that he knew the ball found the hole. Hearn had made a hole-in-one. He couldn’t believe it.
It was the second of his golfing career, his first coming when he was aged just 81 in July, 1999. The shot was from 150 yards, over water, on the par-three, 11th hole at Providence.