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Ned Gregory, of Manchester, celebrates his hole in one at Westwoods Country Club.

Ned Gregory, of Manchester, celebrates his hole in one at Westwoods Country Club.

Manchester’s Ned Gregory waited 64 years but he said it was worth the wait.

Gregory, 75, started playing golf when he was 11. He recently recorded his first hole in one.

He made the hole in one Oct. 5 playing in a tournament at Westwood Hills Country Club in Poplar Bluff. On No. 10, Gregory hit a 3-wood 192 yards.

“It took me 64 years to do it,” Gregory said. “It was a great golf shot. It hit 10 or 12 feet in front of the hole. We couldn’t see it.”

Unfortunately, his playing partner spoiled it for him.

“He got there first and he saw the ball in the cup,” Gregory said. “He said, ‘let’s don’t tell him yet.’ I’m looking for my ball. He asked if I was playing a Titelist 1. He said it was in the hole and gave it to me.”

It’s been said, the three hardest things to do in golf are hit a hole in one, an albatross and shoot your age.

“I’ve got two of the three,” said Gregory, who does not have an albatross, which is a term used for three under par on any one single hole.

Gregory was a teacher for 31 years at Ritenour. He also was the swimming coach for the Huskies.

“I still officiate swimming meets,” Gregory said. “Swimming has been my sport, but golf is, too.”

What is in his future?

“I’m waiting for my second hole in one,” Gregory quipped.

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