Legally Blind Golfer, 85, Gets Ace

Arizona veteran sinks hole-in-one par-3 with a 9-iron
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2008 8:31 AM CDT
Legally blind golfer Robert Dunham had a hole in one last week in southern Arizona.   (Getty Images (by Event) Individuals)
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(Newser) – An 85-year-old legally blind golfer from southern Arizona made a hole-in-one this week on a par-3 course. Robert Dunham accomplished the feat on the third hole at Tortuga in Green Valley. Playing with a group of fellow blind veterans enrolled in a Veterans Affairs health care system program, Dunham's volunteer assistant lined him up with the ball, handed him a 9-iron and stepped back.

Dunham swung through the ball, hit it squarely and it landed softly on the green, taking one hop before nestling into the bottom of the cup. Dunham's group erupted into a cacophony of cheers and high-fives. The World War II vet's first reaction? "I thought they were kidding me," Dunham said. "I told them, 'You guys better not be pulling my leg.'"