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92-year-old golfer Gandy hits fourth hole-in-one

Posted: July 10, 2008 12:53 a.m.
Updated: September 10, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Albert Gandy shows the golf stance that allowed him to hit four holes-in-one in five weeks, Wednesday at his front yard in Saugus.

 

Albert Gandy never even thought about golf until he retired.

He had too many other things on his plate.

Like when he spent 197 straight days in combat during World War II.

Or when he worked 12-14 hour days as an executive for a carpet cleaning company.

He didn't become a golf lifer until he retired at age 68. He didn't make his first hole-in-one until he was 85.

After June 26th, the 92-year old has four to his credit. And two witnesses.

"They offered to sign the papers," he said of his playing partners.

Gandy and his two buddies Sandy Goeders and Howard Deweese may be the oldest threesome at the Vista Valencia golf course, but they're always the first ones there.

Gandy, who lives in Santa Clarita, doesn't like inactivity.

So he wakes up at 4:30 in the morning, and plays golf twice a week.

"It's been a great inspiration for me just to have something to do and something to enjoy," he said.

After he retired and spent parts of the next year traveling, he needed something to do.

He did water aerobics and took long walks. He searched for anything to keep himself active. And then he found golf.

And then he found the bottom of the cup.

Four times.

The first time, he hit a 150 yard drive on the eighth hole and the most recent, a 145 yard on the 17th hole.

The two in between both came on the shorter 13th hole.

"I have to be honest with you, I think it's luck," he said.

A lot of variables play into making a hole-in-one and you certainly need luck on your side.

For a 92-year old, it takes a lot more than just luck.

Gandy's daughter Sharon Mann is amazed at the strength her father has just to club the ball near the pin.

Mann and her sister take after their dad. They crave activity and work as well.

"We get the energy from him," she said.

Golf, Gandy said, has made him younger.

"It keeps him on the go, gives him a place to go, friends to meet, a purpose," Mann said.

After his first wife died from a lung disease, Gandy played five times a week.

He re-married, and cut his playing time to two days.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays he takes a part in an indoor walking program at the Valencia mall.

Typically, he walks 2-3 miles.

On days that he does play golf, he gets in about a mile following his round.

After walking the course for nearly the first 15 years, Gandy now rides a golf cart.

He said he's slowing down, but with four holes in one to his credit Gandy doesn't plan on stopping any time soon.
"As long as I can still walk," he said.

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