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A Hole In One For One Deserving Senior

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BARRE, Vt. -

Tucked away in the hills near the Plainfield border, is the Country Club of Barre.  Most days this is where you'll find 87 year old Bob Barasch. For the last 20 years, golf has been a part of his routine.

"People are always telling old people, exercise, exercise, exercise," Barasch said.  "So I don't like gyms, climbing the hills is good."

But earlier this month, Bob did something out of the ordinary. He made a hole in one on the 128 yard par 3 7th hole.

"I knew I hit it well. It felt solid and I actually saw it land right in front of the green,"  Barasch said.

Just seeing the ball from that far a distance is pretty impressive in its own right.  Bob has been recovering from cataract surgery and is losing vision in his left eye.

"I was astounded,"  Bob's playing partner, Alban Richey said.  "On this hole in particular, just to get it on the green is a pretty big deal for folks our age."

"Some people get excited, but I just didn't," Barasch said.  "I mean a hole in one is supposed to be a really big deal, but it didn't feel like that to me."

"I almost want to say Bob's a little embarrassed by it, because he's played golf a long time," Country Club of Barre Golf Pro, Roger King said.  "He says it's luck, but you still got to hit it.  He still got it to go in and he deserves every bit of it."

In his earlier years, Bob rode horses and was actually a pretty good polo player.  Once he felt the sport was getting too dangerous, he tried a more relaxing sport that also used a ball and a stick.

"I think Robert Frost seduced me," Barasch said.  "You come up here and you have an easy life."

It's only fitting that in this hidden gem of a golf course is a diamond that rarely finds himself in the rough.


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