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Saturday
May182013

Tennessee Man, 77, Shoots Third Hole-in-One in One Month

Polka Dot/Thinkstock(SMYRNA, Tenn.) -- Bob Robertson is 77 years old and a faithful golfer in more ways than one.

The Tennessean plays golf four days a week and says he asked God to let him score a hole-in-one for a good cause. Robertson not only got a hole-in-one last month, he shot a hole-in-one three times in 29 days on the same hole.

He’s an Air Force veteran who had a stroke six years ago, which left him blind in one eye.

Robertson says the improbable golf shot wasn’t by chance. He planned it.

“I told God if he let me that win that money, that I’d donate that money to mission work and he let me win it,” Robertson said. “I know it might be hard to believe, but it’s true.”

Robertson’s granddaughter is studying to be a missionary and is leaving Saturday for a mission trip to Indonesia.

Robertson plays in a senior golf league at the Smyrna Golf Course every Tuesday. Two of his hole-in-one shots were during league play, making him the winner of a $500 pot to which 75 seniors contributed.

“After I got the hole in one for the prize money, one of my friends got awfully close to a hole in one, so I decided if they were going to slice up the prize money I wanted a second slice of it,” Robertson said.

He says even after a stroke and five heart-bypass surgeries, he wants to improve his golf game.

“What I’ve been trying to do is smooth out my golf swing. I was reading an article just now about how to get it right and yesterday I broke 80 for the first time since last summer,” Robertson said.

For all of the people who look to him for inspiration, “I tell them that I didn’t do it alone. Faith did it.”

The director of the Smyrna Golf Course, Hal Loflin, told ABC News that he can’t believe Robertson’s accomplishments.

“I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve been a PGA pro for 23 years,” Loflin said. “I’m jealous and envious because I’ve playing since 13 and never made one.”

Loflin said Robertson is a celebrity on the golf course. The hole where Robertson has hit his multiple hole-in-one shots is a par 3 and roughly 109 yards. Robertson plays off the tee designed for older golfers.

As for another hole-in-one, Robertson says just wait and see.

“I’ve got some more coming,” he said.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
May162012

Two Years Later, Hole-In-One Contest Winner Still Waiting for Money

Troy Peissig taking the ball out of the hole after his hole-in-one shot for charity. (Courtesy of Troy Peissig)(HELENA, Mont) -- Troy Peissig remembers the "second of disbelief" when he realized he had won $18,000 at a charity hole-in-one event. Two years later, the Montana man said he is in disbelief for another reason -- he hasn't been paid.

"We've been through two years of headaches trying to deal with a company that hasn't called us back and when they did call us they weren't nice people. You could tell something was going on," Peissig, 30, a former golf teacher, told ABC News.

State authorities took the unusual step last week of issuing a warrant for Kevin Kolenda, the operator of Hole-In-Won.com, the golf insurance site that promised the payout. Kolenda is wanted on charges of felony insurance fraud and misdemeanor selling insurance without a license.

Kolenda has been sanctioned in Alabama, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina and Washington. In 2009, he was fined $5.9 million by Connecticut regulators.

ABC News tried multiple times to reach Kolenda for comment. He did not respond.

Seven months after scoring an ace, Peissig thought he'd finally receive his payout. He said he was contacted by a woman named Amanda from Hole-In-One.com, who said his check was on the way.

Instead, when Peissig opened his mailbox he found a denial letter from the company.

The golf insurance operator claimed hole 12 at the Missoula Country Club, where Peissig scored his hole-in-one, fell short of the 165-yard minimum required in the policy contract, a claim refuted by investigators who determined the club had lengthened its typically 130-yard hole to meet Kolenda's requirement.

That beautiful swing on a par-three hole at the Missoula Country Club was a moment Peissig will never forget, even if it has been soured.

"I teed the ball up and took a really good swing at it. It was a blast. It was incredible. I was with my dad that day, which was cool," he said.

Peissig said finally receiving the winnings would be huge, since he just became a new father.

"It would be great. We just had our first child last year so starting a new family it would really help out. For a young family $18,000 is a game changer in Montana," he said. "But then you look at the reports on this guy and I think it would be great for him not to be able to not do this to anyone else."

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