As is now par for the course in these modern times, a professional golfer who celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday stunned his parents by doing something no other professional golfer had ever done before.
Walter Taylor made a hole-in-one, shooting a one-under-par round for Newcrest Mining on day one of the Australian Open. The feat is not only special because of his age, but because Taylor is the first professional golfer to make a hole-in-one at the tournament.
Taylor, who was born in 1913, was a star amateur golfer who made the Canadian Open as a pro in 1937. He was inducted into the Australian Golf Hall of Fame in 1971.
“I’ve never had anything like that before. I was quite astonished at it all and now it’s sunk in,” he told his club at Tamworth Golf Course. “I’ve heard of it before, but never seen it happen before. It’s such a lovely feeling to be the first to do something like that. It’s a long way to 100 and to be 72 years old to have that happen to me, I’m very pleased about it.”
Australia’s Professional Golfers Association, which awards a $20,000 prize for an ace, has declared the event “Off the Tee-in-the-Ove.”
Taylor plans to carry on playing until he turns 100-years-old.
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