Norm Kuehn began his golfing career decades ago in northeast Ohio, near the shores of Lake Erie.
He was into bowling then, not golf, but a work friend talked him into playing a round.
Two weeks ago, the Lake Wales resident got his big payoff, a hole in one.
It came May 20 at the Providence Golf Club in Davenport, on the watery and picturesque par three 12th hole.
On this day, it was playing 150 yards, and Kuehn pulled out his trusty five wood, hitting last in the group.
The good news is his tee shot went in the hole. The bad news is no one in his foursome actually saw it roll to the bottom of the cup.
The group knew the shot was on line with the flag, but Kuehn thought it had gone long, perhaps into the pond behind the green, so that’s where he started his search.
“I was dumbfounded,” he said after one of his playing partners decided to check the cup. “We were looking in the water, but there was no ball.”
His playing partners were Wes Sorrell, Ron Reisinger and Dick Hoffman, who let Kuehn get off cheap after the round was over. Kuehn’s celebratory bar tab was only $20, he noted.