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Two Kentucky octogenarians shoot aces in same week

Octogenarians Jim Hilton of Georgetown and Guy Strong of Winchester are proof that age doesn't have to be a handicap when it comes to getting a hole-in-one.

Hilton, 84, who started playing golf when he was 40, got his first ace last Thursday at Duckers Lake in Frankfort. It came on the 152-yard par-3 6th hole. His 5-iron shot landed a few feet in front of the pin and rolled into the cup. Playing partner Betty Williamson witnessed the shot.

"I usually don't get excited because I've seen about everything in the world," said Hilton, a World War II veteran. "But getting a hole-in-one surprised me. It shook me up pretty good."

Hilton added a twist to the story: the next day, Williamson aced the same hole at Duckers Lake, although Hilton wasn't there to see it.

Holes-in-one are nothing new to the 81-year-old Strong. The former basketball coach recorded his eighth ace on Monday at Southwind Golf Course in Winchester.

Strong's latest "1" came on the 145-yard par-3 15th hole. He was playing with course owner Billy Todd.

"I'm living proof it's a lot of luck," said Strong, who's had four aces at Southwind — two at the 15th, and one each at the 1st and 11th holes.

"Tell all the old codgers there's still hope for them," Strong said with a laugh.

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