Deerfield Beach’s Donald Mann enjoys golf because of the challenge it presents and he doesn’t mind the scenery either. The 91-year-old Mann recently picked up his first ever hole-in-one on the Par-3,130-yard, 3rd hole at the newly renovated Greg Norman Pines course at the Pompano Municipal Golf Course.
Mann, who is a member of the Pompano Beach Men’s Golf Association, used his 28-degree, Hybrid 6 club and drove the ball within 30-35 feet of the Par-3, 130-yard, 3rd hole and watched it roll in the cup, much to the delight of his playing partners.
“It was a stroke of luck,” said Mann, a veteran of the Normandy Invasion. “I got a birdie on the next hole, so I was three under after two holes and I was thinking this game isn’t as difficult as I thought it was. Then, the wheels fell off and I started making bogeys and double bogeys.”
Mann, who takes lessons from Pompano golf pro T.J. Ziol, is originally from New Jersey and played golf as a youth, but gave it up for tennis. He took up golf again at age 70 after a 50-year hiatus. Mann said he is a 25-handicap now and has been as low as an 11. He hopes to get back there within the year.
“I’ve holed some wedges from the fairway, but this is my first hole-in-one,” Mann said. “The golf swing is a very complicated thing and I have been taking lessons. The thrill of hitting a very nice shot is a good feeling. “To some people, the professionals, they have 8, 9 or 10 holein- ones during their careers. It is a pretty small cup with a long way to go.”
Mann said he plays two to three times a week and enjoys the scenery and practicing. He also likes the commemorative plaque the PGA sent him for his feat.
“The golf swing is a very complicated thing and I have been taking lessons,” said Mann, who has shot below his age a number of times. “Now, my goal is to get into the low 80s. I have given away a lot of shots around the green because my short game needs work.”