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Man shoots age or better for 1,000th time

Leo Luken
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For some, age is just a number; for Leo Luken, it's a number to beat.

The 95-year-old from Hilton Head, S.C., fired an 18-hole score of 92 Tuesday at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Improbably, it marked the 1,000th time that the 21-handicap has shot his age or better for a round of golf.

'I didn't like finishing as I did, but I had a lot of fun,' explained Luken, who closed with a double-bogey 6 on the home hole.

A native of Covington, Ky., Luken is a member of the Fast-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame but did not take up golf until age 45. He first matched his age when he was 71 years old and still continues to play three times per week, although he claims to have never taken a formal lesson.

'Leo is the best all-around athlete I have met,' explained Doug Weaver, director of instruction at Palmetto Dunes. 'Leo has a great warrior mind for competition, yet is a humble and gracious man.'

Luken's most recent age-breaking round came on the Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes, a 6,239-yard, par-72 layout. The highlight of the round reportedly came at the 165-yard sixth hole, where he holed out from a greenside bunker for an improbable birdie.