By Bob Denney
PGA of America
SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2015) -- 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.
Andreone, who plays three times weekly, used a driver from the green tees on the 113-yard No. 14 hole of the Lakes Course. "I hit it solid and the ball then hit the ground about 30 yards from the green and kept rolling, rolling and rolling," said Andreone. "It fell into the hole, which was cut on the right middle part of the green. Miracles do happen once in a while." Andreone pocketed $80 for earning a "skin" in the weekly club event.
The former Secretary of the Tri-State PGA Section, Andreone's playing partners were Palm Aire members Bob Clarke, Wayne Webster and Bob Goldman. Andreone, currently the longest serving PGA member at 75.6 years, won the Pennsylvania Lottery in 1983. He added a pair of wins in the Fantasy Five Lottery games after moving to Florida.
His first hole-in-one came in 1939 and his previous ace before Wednesday was in the 1990s on the No. 17 hole at the Lakes Course.
Andreone was celebrated in the clubhouse by Palm Aire members. He turned in a round of 83, while playing a 4,535-yard layout. "Each day is a blessing and you never know what it will bring," said Andreone.