Frank Swingle is 93 years old but has the confidence, swagger, and charisma of a man that is in the early stages of retirement. You know the type of older man who doesn’t give a rip about anything but still has a filter – something that the elderly seem to lose as they become more ‘seasoned’.
For the last 59 years, Swingle has been a member of Meridian Hills Golf Club in Indiana. And since he left the Navy in 1946 has committed himself to the game of golf – setting a goal to play twice a week.
Swingle who was already a very popular guest at Meridian Hills just saw his fame skyrocket in the last couple weeks.
Watch the people celebrate and take selfies as the robot golfer gets a hole in one ⛳️ pic.twitter.com/5gWaO8TxRW
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) September 4, 2017
A couple weeks ago, Swingle drained the third hole-in-one of his career on the par-three 12th at Meridian Hills. It’s uncertain what’s more miraculous here: making an ace at 93 years old or the fact that his first two aces came six weeks apart in the 1970s.
“I had two of them six weeks apart in 1971.
“You’d be amazed at the number of people who have done that, my wife included. Of the people close to me that have had a hole-in-one, probably half have had another within another really short time.” – Swingle speaking to Golf Digest.
In this particular instance, Swingle used his driver and played from the ladies’ tees on the 12th hole ace, but we’ll give him a pass for his age.
“I thought it was a pretty good shot,” Swingle recalled. “We got up there, and the fella I was riding with was on the green but I wasn’t. He said, ‘Well, maybe it went over into the bunker behind?’ And – as a complete joke – I said, ‘Maybe it’s in the hole!’ When we got out of the cart and I took my putter and sand wedge, thinking my ball was probably in the sand, but it wasn’t. One of the other four who were playing said, “Look in the hole!” And sure enough! I play with yellow golf balls, and that was the happiest thing I could have seen.
“When we got out of the cart and I took my putter and sand wedge, thinking my ball was probably in the sand, but it wasn’t. One of the other four who were playing said, ‘Look in the hole!’ And sure enough! I play with yellow golf balls, and that was the happiest thing I could have seen.”
Swingle is no Gary Player or Jack Nicklaus out on the links. His hole-in-one round was the lowest score of the summer thus far…a 107.
— Golfviral (@golfviral) August 21, 2017
The score of the round doesn’t bother Swingle at all. He likes the game for what it is…a game.
“I have a friend who’s much better than I am, and one day he said, ‘Frank, it’s just not any fun if you can’t break 90 anymore.’ So I made a resolution that I’d never give it up because of the score. And that’s the reason that this might be somewhat newsworthy: the fact that I am probably the worst golfer here at the club. I’m almost sure I’m the higher handicap of anybody here. (laughs) That’s why I was happy to get this, to learn that anyone who was as bad as I am can get a hole in one!”
It doesn’t look like Swingle will be stopping his golf career anytime in the near future. His mother lived to be 104 years old, so it’s safe to say he carries the fountain of youth in his genes.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 5, 2017