Arthur Jones delivered a special delivery to Australian Golf last week at Carnoustie Golf Links.
Not by way of a golf course fairway, of course, but a shot from the 75th hole at Carnoustie in Scotland.
With nine lives to his name, Jones, the oldest active professional golfer on the Australian Professional Golfers Association Tour, made an ace on Jan. 19 — the 100th anniversary of his birth. It was his second career ace.
“It was the 100th birthday present I’ve been waiting for,” said Jones. “It’s a bit of a surprise. I hit it straight down the middle and saw all these people running toward me.”
Jones, who turns 101 on April 18, had made two ace attempts over the previous seven days. Both times, a ball popped out of the cup just before the hole was tapped, although Jones had managed to get out of his bag.
“It was a good one,” he said. “I used to like chipping golf balls into a cup. A hole-in-one was one of my favorite things.
“I felt a lot of good energy after that hole-in-one, but it did take me off the playing field for a few days because of the nerves. I was starting to lose a bit of my mind there for a while.”
Though his birthday presents have mostly been golf balls, including one featuring himself, Jones has the honor of being the oldest man on the PGA Tour.
His aces came against two other Aussie compatriots.