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CHARLES Kelly was 57 years old when his doctor told him he needed to start walking on a regular basis.
So Kelly took up golf.
Twenty-five years later, the now 82-year-old Columbus resident has accomplished one of golf’s rarest feats: a double-eagle.
Kelly recorded a 2 on the 410-yard par-5 No. 3 Monday at Wyaloosing Creek in Letts. He hit his drive about 250 yards, then drilled a 4-iron from 160.
“I saw the ball hit the green and started rolling, and it disappeared,” Kelly said. “I thought it rolled off the green. I said, ‘My gosh, how did I hit that over the green.’ I was hitting a fuzz ball, and when I got up there, I looked in the hole, and the eyes were looking back at me.”
Playing with Dave Weddle, Kelly shot 38-43 for an 81. He averages about 84.
Kelly, who had a hole-in-one at Columbus Par-3 in 2008, began playing golf after retiring from Hamilton Cosco in 1985.
A retired minister from Apostolic Faith Church, Kelly now preaches at Apostolic Bible Church in Columbus.
Greenbelt employee cards ace
Monday was a big day for seniors. At Greenbelt, Don Spaulding, 76, of Elizabethtown, used a 9-iron to notch a hole-in-one on the 94-yard No. 5.
“The guys I was playing with said ‘I think that went in the hole,’ Spaulding said. “I said ‘I don’t think so.’ We got down there, and there it was.”
Spaulding, who carded a 45 for nine holes, is retired from Cummins and works part-time at Greenbelt. He runs the senior league on Wednesdays.
“It’s been good for me,” Spaulding said. “It gives me something to do to get out of the house.”
The hole-in-one was the first on a regular course for Spaulding, who said he has been playing golf for 12 to 14 years. He did have one on a par-3 course.
“It’s like bowling a 300,” Spaulding said. “You never know when that will happen. A lot of guys will get one, but a lot of older guys like me will never get one.”
Par-3 scramble won in playoff
Two teams fired 5-under-par 22s in Par-3’s Tuesday Night Mixed Scramble, and Jim Wright, Earl Nail, Kevin Hashman and Ben Waltermire won in a playoff.
Randy Phillips, Cliff Crawley, Rich Sanderson and Fred Hales took second.
HLCC championship this weekend
Harrison Lake will host its men’s club championship this weekend. Play begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
David Lacey is the defending champion.
HLCC’s women’s club championship is scheduled for Sept. 10 and 17.
The Edinburgh Sons of American Legion Scholarship Golf Outing will be Sept. 8 at Timbergate. There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $240 per team for the first 36 teams paid by Sept. 1. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, and fourth will be a blind draw. Dinner and awards will be at American Legion Post 233. For more information, call Bill West, 374-6763, or Kevin Rubush, 526-5240.
Pay It Forward Johnson County will host a golf event Sept. 12 at the Legends Club in Franklin to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. Foursomes and individuals can sign up at payitforwardjc.com. For more information about registration or sponsorship opportunities, contact Erin Smith, email@example.com or 317-738-3434.
The 10th annual RE/MAX/Riley Golf for Kids Outing, a major fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children, will be at noon Sept. 13 at Harrison Lake. Cost is $100 and will include golf, a cart, lunch and beverages. Tee sponsors are available for $125 or by donating a door prize. To sign up, call RE/MAX, 372-2200.
Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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