Cavenish resident reaches the feat at the age of 79
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Earl Dunning, 78, prepares to tee off on the first hole at the Forest Hills Golf Course in Cavendish.
Earl Dunning of Cavendish is at it again after draining his seventh career hole in one.
This time, the 79-year- old aced the 188-yard, 10th hole at Green Gables Golf Course.
“Pretty good for a fella of 79,” Dunning said Tuesday from Cavendish.
It’s a departure for Dunning, whose previous aces came at the Forest Hills Golf Course, not far from where he lives.
The Kensington native and former service station operator plays two rounds nearly every day at Forest Hills.
And he scores his holes in one in bunches.
His first ace came in 1986, then two more in May and June in 1994. Then two more on July 26 and 27 in 1997. That feat earned him a story in The Guardian.
For last week’s ace, Dunning used a driver for the uphill hole at Green Gables, where he’d played earlier in his career, and thought he’d overshot the green when his was the only ball from his group unclaimed.
I danced around the green yelling ‘I got a hole in one, I got a hole in one.’ Earl Dunning
A short walk across the 10th green revealed where the ball sat, in the middle of the cup.
“I danced around the green yelling ‘I got a hole in one, I got a hole in one,’” Dunning said, adding another golfing friend playing on another green heard him whooping after the ace. “We had a good laugh over that one.”
Dunning started playing golf at around 21 years old with the father of his then-girlfriend (soon-to-be wife Winnilee, over 50 years ago). That got him hooked.
A stroke several years ago kept him out of the game about six seasons. But he returned and hasn’t looked back even after shoulder surgery two years ago.
Dunning also scored an eagle at Forest Hills.