Charles “Chet” Mesershmidt said since it was his fifth hole in one, no big deal.
But the fact that the World War II veteran is 94 and sank it Wednesday on Veterans Day, he admitted that was something a little different.
“All that foolishness,” he called it. But he said it would be nice to get a little notoriety.
Mesershmidt golfs three times per week, almost always at Pacific Springs where he has an annual pass.
He usually uses a pitching wedge on the 100-yard 14th hole but pulled out his 9-iron because it was chilly and a little windy.
He and four friends got to play together because of the weather, and two had already hit. But no one could find Mesershmidt’s ball.
One of the witnesses, Lauren Hiebner, suggested it might be in the cup. When Mike Hotaling looked, there it was.
“It was a great moment,” Hiebner said.
Other witnesses were Palmer Shelley and Larry Roth. Mesershmidt said they did celebrate.
“I bought a couple of pitchers of Sam Adams OctoberFest,” he said. “You have to do that when you get a hole in one.”
He said he’s always enjoyed golfing and it made for a great marriage when his wife, Jeanette, took up the game and became as good as he was on the links. They belonged at Oak Hills Country Club for years, where he sank two of his aces. The others were in Arizona, where they traveled to golf each year before she died in 2011.
Mesershmidt, who served in the Pacific theater, has lots of interesting tales of his life in the Navy. One of nine children, his father was killed when he was 12 and he enlisted when he was 17. After the war, he got a degree from Creighton and went into the insurance business.
Two of his aunts lived into their 100s, and Mesershmidt said he must have gotten their genes.
“I used to be pretty good when I was younger and could hit the ball farther,” he said. “Now I have to use chipping and putting.”
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