Hugh Brown just indisputably became the coolest member of the Indooroopilly Golf Club of Queensland, Australia.
Just shy of his 100th birthday, Hugh had lots of experience playing golf. He even has a whole crew of friends, self-named the “Old and Bold,” who regularly play together on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They’ve been around for each other’s wins and losses, but nothing quite like this has ever happened before.
Like with other sports, there are some etiquette rules in golf that people follow. That includes waiting for the group in front of you to finish up on the green before you take your first swing. Since Hugh tends to have a difficult time hitting the ball far, he went ahead and got started while the group ahead of him was still on the green.
Once he did, that very group began to wave their arms in the air, seemingly trying to get Hugh’s attention. Certain they were upset at him for not waiting to play, he made his way toward them. At this point, he had no idea where his ball had gone, so he asked the group as he approached.
Much to Hugh’s surprise, the strangers weren’t upset — they were excited! Not only were they elated to show the 99-year-old that he had gotten a hole-in-one, but they also witnessed it happen right in front of them.
Hugh was absolutely floored! He normally has trouble getting his ball into the green on his first shot, and now he’s managed to get a hole-in-one on a 161-yard par-3 hole.
The only other time he’s ever pulled something like this off was in 1960, which was 61 years ago.
To celebrate the momentous occasion, Hugh followed the tradition of buying his friends a round of drinks, and rightfully so. The odds of an average player making a hole-in-one are 12,000 to 1. To top it all off, at just two months shy of his 100th birthday, he’s the oldest Australian golfer to achieve a hole-in-one!
Share this story to congratulate Hugh and to wish him a happy birthday.
Want to be happier in just 5 minutes a day? Sign up for Morning Smile and join over 455,000+ people who start each day with good news.