It’s one of my favorite stories in all of sports.
As he came to the 152-yard, Par 3, 3rd hole at Green Valley Golf Course in Zanesville, Ohio, Ben Bender (no, I’m not making this up), pulled out a 5 Wood. If you’ve played golf, you know that a 5 Wood is MUCH too much club for a 150-yard shot. It’s too much club, that is, IF you’re not a 93 year-old playing your very last round of golf!
So, with 5 Wood in hand, Bender took his swing, made solid contact, and watched as his ball rolled into the hole! It was his first hole-in-one in 70 years of playing the game. 70 YEARS! A few holes later, pain in his hips caused him to stop his round early, and he decided that was God’s message for him to hang up his spikes.
Reflecting upon his feat, Bender later said, “I was lucky to play golf this long…it was the last time I was able to play, and I think God had a hand in this (the hole-in-one). I loved the game and hate to give it up, but I can’t play forever.”
I’m aging; and physically I just can’t do everything I once could. However, this story reminds me that it’s possible to remain active, and continue to enjoy much of life, well into one’s 80’s and 90’s. It also shows that good things can still happen any time there is a willingness to step out and continue swinging! Yes, it may take more effort today, but there is still much good left to enjoy. Lastly, Bender’s experience reminds us that sometimes the best things in life require a long wait!
Friends, if a 93 year-old can score his first hole-in-one after 70 years of golfing, what good things might yet be ahead for you? –Dave
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. (Isaiah 46:4)
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