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93-year-old makes first hole-in-one in 65 years of golfing

In this April 2018 photo, Ben Bender caps his long golf career with a hole-in-one at Green Valley Golf Club in Zanesville, Ohio. (Chris Crook/Times Recorder via AP)

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- A 93-year-old Ohio man wrapped up his nearly seven decades of golfing with his first hole-in-one.

    Ben Bender told The Zanesville Times Recorder "the Lord knew" this was his last round and gave him a hole-in-one.

    Bender aced the 152-yard third hole last month at Green Valley Golf Course in Zanesville with a 5-wood.

    He says he was in awe watching it, but then his hip started bothering him, forcing him to stop after a few more holes. He headed to the clubhouse, bringing his golfing career to a memorable end.

    Bender says he began playing when he was 28, whittling his handicap down to a 3 at one point.

    He says he hates giving up the game, but knows he can't play forever.

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