Jim Fahey just may be the luckiest man in town. He just hit his second hole-in-one in two years at Lakeview Executive Golf Course at the age of 79 at 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning (211 yards).
He did this on hole number one, which is one of the hardest holes to do it on.
Frank Cox, president of the Pahrump Valley Junior Golf Association, knows the Lakeview course well and said it was one of the hardest holes to hit a hole-in-one.
Fahey hit his other hole-in-one Sept. 8, 2014 on hole 11, which was another hard hole.
Cox said Fahey picked the two toughest holes to hit a hole-in-one.
“I am just glad Fahey can get out and play golf at his age,” Cox said. “It’s good to see that.”
Fahey doesn’t really believe in luck. He is a devout Christian and thinks of his good fortune in terms of being blessed.
“The only reason I can think of for the ball going in is that I prayed before I hit the ball,” Fahey said. “I am an erratic golfer for the most part, but I am having fun playing.”
He said he couldn’t complain much.
“My wife had to fly to California for a business trip and look what I am doing,” he said. “I am sitting around playing golf.”
Not many can say they even hit one hole-in-one, and to be able to say you hit two just reaffirms you are either blessed or lucky.
Fahey does believe someone or something has been smiling on him over the years. The following are some examples he gave of major events in his life:
■ He was an orphan and was adopted by the town of Gilroy, who then sent him to college.
■ He received a college scholarship to play college football.
■ He was drafted into the Army but missed the Korean and Vietnam wars.
■ In 1960 he was in a plane crash and survived. Former Raiders coach John Madden was supposed to be on that plane and since then has not flown.
■ He was blessed to marry his wife Suzanne.
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