CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A hole-in-one is rare on the golf
course, but what are the odds of a blind golfer sinking one?
Leo Fiyalko couldn't see it, but his golf buddies did -- a
hole-in-one on the fifth hole at the Cove Cay Country Club.
Fiyalko is 92 and has macular degeneration. He's been golfing
for 60 years, but his 110-yard shot with a 5-iron on Jan. 10 was
his first hole-in-one.
"I was just trying to put the ball on the green," Fiyalko said.
Fiyalko tees off every Thursday with a group of golfers ranging
in age from 70 to 90-plus. He used to have a seven handicap, but
now he needs help lining up his shots and finding his golf balls
because he only has peripheral vision in his right eye.
Jean Gehring was playing in his foursome and watched Fiyalko's
"I could tell it went on the green, [but] when we got up there
I didn't see it. I looked in the hole and there it was," Gehring
Gehring said Fiyalko brushed off the feat, and had to be prodded
to tell his wife about it at the end of the round.
Fiyalko's friends at the country club presented him with a
plaque last week to commemorate the feat.