Monday, April 9, 2007

The Masters Golfer Of The Week:
This 102-Year-Old Lady Put Us All To Shame

Short of Tiger Woods winning the green jacket or Phil Mickelson's wife standing nude on the front porch of the clubhouse while Jim Nantz describes every detail with awed reverence, we didn't see anything as cool at The Masters this weekend as this story will tell. So forget about the lowest scoring Masters in history and celebrate an honest to goodness true golfer..102-year-old Elsie McLean, who made a hole-in-one this past weekend, becoming the oldest person to ever do so on a regulation course.

McLean had been playing golf at Bidwell Municipal Golf Course for more than 70 years before Thursday, when she hit her tee shot from the fourth hole. As she and her friends, Elizabeth Rake and Kathy Crowder, approached the green, McLean was confused. "Where's my ball?" she asked. Then her friends figured it out.

The 102-year-old-McLean had fired a hole-in-one, making the lifelong Chico resident the world's oldest golfer ever to ace a hole on a regulation course. It was the first ace McLean had ever sank — and she's been playing since the greens at Bidwell were sand, the course was nine holes and women weren't allowed to golf on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

McLean's shot on Thursday, an estimated 100 yards on the par-3 No. 4, came off her driver. She must be a pure joy to play behind when the course is packed with golfers. "When you get to be 102," she said, "you don't have much choice. My shot hit the green on the fly. It didn't bounce on a rock or roll down a hill or anything," McLean said. "I thought it maybe bounced away, because I couldn't find it. But then my friends started hollering, 'It's in the hole!'"

"For an old lady," ol' Elsie says, "I still hit the ball pretty good."

Grandma, you're 102 years old. You're doing pretty pretty well to even see the ball...let alone not confuse it for a clock radio or your nephew Stanley. (There you go folks, I said it!) Congratulations on your hole in one and enjoy your visit to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. You deserve it and are an inspiration to us all!