Marty Kaelin of Louisville hit a lifetime shot last Tuesday afternoon at the Henry County Country Club when he aced the No. 2, par-3 hole for his first ever hole-in-one.
It was the shot of his career for the 81-year-old Kaelin, who plays three days per week at the HCCC, and one he's been waiting a long time for.
"After 51 years of playing, it was definitely a surprise," Kaelin said an hour after landing the perfect shot.
Kaelin started playing on the HCCC course 19 years ago, after encouragement from his brother. Now, it's hard to keep him off the course, located just outside of New Castle.
"My brother told me it was a nice place to play, and we've been playing here ever since," Kaelin said. "At first, we all told him it was too far of a drive from Lousiville. But we finally came over here to play once, and that was all it took. It's a really nice course with really nice people."
When Kaelin first started playing at the HCCC, there were 14 players that made the drive with Kaelin to play. Now, it's down to just five - Kaelin, David Whitworth of Louisville, Earl Engle of LaGrange, Bob Sanders of Louisville and Cliff Wetenkamp of New Castle. They meet at the HCCC on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
After playing 100-plus rounds this year, Kaelin was enjoying one of his best outings last Tuesday afternoon. To go along with his hole-in-one, he also shot a two on a par-4 and hit the pin on a par-3. He said he regularly shoots an 80 for 18 holes.
"Marty, along with some of the other guys, shoot well under their age," said Wetenkamp, who joined the group four years ago.
The HCCC was established in 1967 and has a 18-hole, 71-par course. Golf Pro Neil Uhl said Kaelin, at 81, is the oldest player he's heard of that has a hole-in-one on the course.
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