Elderly man makes first hole-in-one in his last ever round of golf

Ohio's Ben Bender retires from golf aged 93 with his first ever ace! 

Andy Roberts's picture
Mon, 21 May 2018

A 93-year-old golfer from Ohio has recorded his first ever hole-in-one in his last ever round of golf.

Ben Bender, once a three-handicapper in his prime, had made it clear to friends and family prior to his tee time at local course Green Valley that this would be his final 18 holes. 

Armed with his trusty 5-wood from 152 yards, Mr Bender watched with delight as his ball clattered against the flagstick and down for his first ever ace. 


On the day in question, Mr Bender began with an eight at the opening hole and followed that with a seven - but then came the third hole and the magic moment he had waited the best part of 60 years for. 

"I'd come close to some hole-in-ones, but this one was level on the green before it curved towards the hole and went in, and I was in awe watching it," said Mr Bender. "I played a few more holes, but my hips were hurting and I had to stop," Bender said. "It seemed the Lord knew this was my last round so he gave me a hole-in-one."

A spokesperson for Green Valley GC said: "Physically he was not able to golf anymore. He played on our senior section for years but he will still come to the club to see us."