On a record-breaking day in Deerfield Beach, Florida, a 101-year-old man became the oldest golfer to make a hole-in-one, acing the par 3, 16th hole.
Harold Stilson turned 101 on April 10, 2001. When he aced the 108-yard hole, he broke the current record set by a 99-year-old Spaniard in 1985.
Stilson said, “I didn’t think I hit it very well. I turned and walked away, and they (Ken and Pat) were shouting, ‘It went in! It went in!’”
Ken Fleming, who was golfing with Harold, said, “It was a perfect shot. It rolled right into the hole, and my son and I let out a hoot and a holler. Harold was just ho-hum about it.”
It turns out that Harold started playing at the age of 20, but he did not make his first hole-in-one until he was 71.
Great things can be accomplished no matter what your age. The founder of Awana International, Art Rohrheim, is still just as strong for the Lord at 92 as when he was 28. When Harold made his first hole-in-one at the age of 71, he was pretty excited. But he worked hard for quite awhile before he really saw the fruit of his labor.
So it is in the Christian life. The Bible says, “. . . Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Do you feel weary as you do your work for Christ? Then remember Harold and Art and determine to keep going, no matter what. God has promised to bless. Maybe you’ll even get a spiritual hole-in-one by leading someone to Christ today!
Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory. – William Barclay
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder