Richard Engel Triumphs at the age 89, with a hole in one, to prove that golf is more than just a game, it’s an addiction, a way of life, and eventually for some it pays off in aces.
Believe it or not, this soon to be 90 year old (he will turn 90 next month) made a hole in one at Manakiki Golf Course and was listed as part of the super shooters list.
Lucky for Engle that Harry Zeid, his golf partner, stands as a witness to his ace. This is because Engle’s been golfing for 75 years and this is his first ace.
Could you imagine getting a hole in one after 75 long years? I couldn’t have waited that long.
Engel believes he has been getting better at golf because he started teaching himself more about the game and swing. “I’ve never been a real good player, but I’m playing better now than I ever have before. I have a new putter. I like it a lot.”
What’s his secret?
Internet golf tips of course! One lesson he shared was how to hit the ball: “It took until last year for me to get it through my thick skull that the best thing you can do is not try to kill the ball, that’s the most important lesson of all.”
Engel used a 3-wood for his ace and admits that he didn’t really see the ball go inside the hole. “I saw it bounce on the front edge of the green, but I never saw where it bounced to,” he said. “We looked around. Harry found it in the cup.”
He was lucky twice on this day, and escaped the tradition of buying everyone drinks after a hole in one. He said,”It was just Harry and me. I’m lucky because our league starts next week. I’m glad I got it out of the way or else I would have had to buy for all those other guys.”
Engle is not your typical elderly golfer, he’s a proactive man who plays golf once a week, plays tennis four times a week, and is also known as an exercise teacher in his own apartment complex.
How’s that for a lifestyle? Maybe I’ll try to exercise more and get a hole in one at least by the time I’m a hundred years old!