93-year-old caps his golf career with hole-in-one

Brandon Hannahs, Zanesville Times Recorder
Published 8:40 a.m. ET May 18, 2018 | Updated 8:51 a.m. ET May 18, 2018


Over the weekend at The Players Championship, Tiger Woods played some of his best golf in years.

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Two aspects of Ben Bender’s life – faith and golf – came together for his final round on the course.

The 93-year-old, who has hip bursitis, used his 5-wood to make a hole-in-one on the third hole last month at Green Valley.

Bender only played a few more holes before walking into the clubhouse and telling Green Valley manager Steve Galloway that he was done.

Hearl Cubbison witnessed Bender’s shot.

“I’d come close to some hole-in-ones, but this one was level on the green before it curved towards the hole and went in,” Bender said. “I was in awe watching it. I played a few more holes, but my hips were hurting and I had to stop. It seemed the Lord knew this was my last round so he gave me a hole-in-one.”

The round wasn’t going well, noted Galloway. He said Bender shot at…

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