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 while playing with his Wednesday golf group 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.
Gus Andreone's much talked about hole in one this winter is also likely a record. At 103 years old, it's believed he's now the oldest person to ever record a hole in one.
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At 103 years old, Gus Andreone is the PGA's oldest member. After his hole-in-one on Wednesday, he's also likely to be the oldest person -- man or woman -- to record an ace.
The news of PGA Professional Gus Andreone's hole-in-one was obviously a big deal. The 103-year-old man recorded the eighth ace of his career on the 113-yard, 14th hole of the Lakes Course at Palm Aire in Sarasota, Fla. But as the news traveled the social waves, it also became clear that this was in all likelihood a record event, that Andreone is the oldest person to record a hole-in-one.
There's no sure way to know, but we can say that nobody older has ever notified a golf institution with proper verfication.
Cliff Schrock, Editor at the Golf Digest  Resource Center, believes the record is now Andreone's.
"We would see Mr. Andreone's ace as the oldest for male or female golfers if Palm Aire's Lakes Course is indeed a regulation layout. It looks that way to me on their website," Schrock told PGA.com in an e-mail.
Accoridng to Schrock: The oldest male previously was Otto Bucher, 99, of Geneva, Switzerland on the 130-yard 12th hole at La Manga (Spain) Club in January 1985. He noted that 101-year-old Harold Stilson aced the 16th hole (108 yards) in 2001 at Deerfield Country Club in Deerfield Beach, Fla., but that course, however, has nine par-3 holes.
"We stubborn traditionalists don't like to recognize records unless they take place on a regulation course," Schrock said.
As such, Mr. Stilson was listed with an asterisk.
Golf Digest had Elsie McLean as the oldest player for her hole-in-one in 2007 at Bidwell Park Golf course; she was 102.
Andreone has long been a fixture, serving the PGA of America for over 75 years.
There's a wooden statue of Andreone, the creation of Palm Aire club member John Gray, which overlooks the Gus Andreone Practice and Teaching Facility. The statue, presented in 2011 to honor Andreone on his 100th birthday, "symbolizes the humble man's unpretentious affection for the game, his profession and what it means to wake up every day knowing that there's more golf to be played," wrote PGA Senior Association Writer Bob Denney.
Perhaps just as incredible as the ace itself is the length of time between Andreone's first ace and his latest: 75 years. His first came in 1939.
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Please see the link below to this afternoon’s CBS “tease” to the third-round of the PGA Championship, featuring Sarasota’s and the PGA of America’s treasure, Gus Andreone.
I was very honored to have been on site to help with the filming and production. Memories for a lifetime. Bob Denney - PGA Historian