At age 83, Angelo Tucci is a little hard of hearing, but that’s not why he was having trouble grasping what his wife, Evelyn, was telling him over the phone that Feb. 13 morning. Calling from her golf cart on the course at the Crystal Lake Country Club in Pompano Beach, Fla., where she was playing in a tournament, the octogenarian grand-mother of four had some truly astonishing news. On the par-3 fifth hole she had driven a 157-yard shot straight and true for a hole-in-one. But wait! She had already notched a hole-in-one, her first ever, on the 112-yard par-3 second hole. “Ange kept asking, ‘Who, who did it?’ and I kept saying, ‘Me! Me!’ ” recounts Tucci, who, after 4½ decades on the links, rarely breaks 100. “I haven’t settled down to earth since this happened.”
By the time the petite golfer and her partner, Carin West, 55, finished their tournament-winning round, news of the feat—whose odds one Golf Digest study calculates at 67 million to one—had already spread through the club. There, Tucci tees off three times a week during the four months each year the home-maker and her husband of 59 years, a retired mechanic and real estate investor, spend in their rental condo. (The rest of the time the couple live in Beachwood, Ohio.) “We were all hugging,” says Tucci, who sprang for drinks all around. “I don’t think I started crying.” Then again, she hasn’t seen her bar bill yet.
Tucci initially took up the game to help fill the void after her two older daughters left home and her youngest died, at age 16 in 1969. The game “keeps you moving, coordinated and away from boredom,” Tucci says. “I would recommend golf for all women my age—but they should start younger than 80.”