At 96, Maiello has impressive two weeks
Lou Maiello, a 96-year-old golfer from Staten Island, had a string of two weeks that will leave most golfers envious. First, Maiello captured the Staten Island Senior League club championship in thrilling fashion after his final's match went to 21-holes. The following week he celebrated in style by sinking his first career hole-in-one on Silver Lake Golf Course's sixth hole. "What more could a man ask for..." Maiello exclaimed after his impressive feats.
Maiello picked up the game at the age of 62 after a co-worker gave him a 3-wood and a driver. The first time he swung a club was at the LaTourette Golf Course driving range on a sweltering summer day. "Every ball I hit was like hitting a ground ball to the shortstop. But the guy next to me pointed out some flaws in my swing and before you know it I became a golfer." Now he plays once a week on Tuesdays in the Staten Island Senior League.
Although he can't "hit the ball 200-250 yards off the tee", Maiello's accuracy keeps him in the fairway and in prime condition to reach the green. His golf game speaks for itself, regardless of the teeing privileges he receives as a Super Senior. "I still have to putt, I still have to chip and I still have to hit a drive." Accuracy, putting, and chipping combined for a winning recipe as Maiello defeated five other competitors on his way to winning the Staten Island Senior League club championship.