WHILE THE PROFESSIONALS were chopping up Augusta National, Elsie McLean was having her own golf moment.
And it only took her 102 years to get it.
McLean made her first hole-in-one on
Thursday at Bidwell Park in Chico, Calif.
Yep, she's 102 years old.
Her ace came on the par-3, 100-yard fourth hole. She used a driver. Did you expect a stinger sand wedge?
After she hit her historic shot, she couldn't see her ball. Hey, lay off the age jokes. She couldn't see the ball
because of the slope of the green.
Her friends, Elizabeth Rake and Kathy Crowder, found it in the cup. "I said, 'Oh, my Lord. It can't be true. It can't be true.' I was
so excited. And the girls were absolutely
overcome," said McLean, who broke the
hole-in-one age record of 101 set in 2001.
"Well, everybody wants a hole-in-one, and I said, 'Why can't I have a hole-in-one?' I came within inches once," McLean told television station KNVN.
In Augusta, Ga., Zach Johnson, deservedly so, celebrated his golfing accomplishment
this weekend. In Chino, we suspect Elsie
was doing the same.
Just 1 week ago today, Citizens Bank Park was awash in red, and good vibrations.
Phillies fans were ready, especially after all the buzz this spring about the absolute necessity of a fast start by the local nine.
Of course, the Phillies have faltered, frustratingly so, out of the gate. They are 1-5.
Now, they face three games at Shea Stadium against the defending NL East champion Mets. By the time they return home on Friday night, the Phillies could be 1-8.
Our guess is that a 1-8 Phils team won't be welcomed with quite the same spirit as last week. A 2-7 team might not fare much better. *
- Chuck Bausman