Golf: For ace machine Rose, life lately has been just grrr-8

2013-06-30T00:00:00Z Golf: For ace machine Rose, life lately has been just grrr-8Zack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Eight is not Rose Farina's lucky number, she insists.

On June 20, she scored a hole-in-one at the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort's Cañada Course.

It was the eighth hole, a par-3. She hit it from 88 yards out. She used an 8 hybrid club.

"It's not my lucky number," she said, with a laugh. "But, hey, now it could be. I might have to change it."

Oh, and Farina is 88 years old.

And it wasn't her first hole-in-one. She has three aces in the last couple of years.

"It's pretty exciting," Farina said. "And you know - if you play golf, you know that it's pretty exciting. Hopefully, we'll have a few more.

"I just hope I'm around long enough to hit another one. At 88, I'm still out there. That's the important thing."

Farina and her husband, Peter, have lived in Tucson since the early 1970s - "we wouldn't want to be any place else," she said - but originally hail from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Married for 67 years, the Farinas have a son who lives in Delaware; he plays with "something like a 5 handicap, or 6," Rose said, and has a hole-in-one. Her grandson was the No. 2 golfer at the University of Delaware. He has a hole-in-one, too.

Still, they were both pretty happy for her.

"My grandson, who is big on Facebook, wrote (a status) 'Unbelievable. My grandma hit her third hole in one," she said.

While her son and grandson don't really play anymore, Rose and Peter, 92, are regulars. They play two or three times a week at El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Peter is still aiming for his first ace.

"He was pretty excited for me," she said. "But, you know, I could always tell that there was a little bit of envy, that he wants one."

Rose has played golf for about 40 years - she took a 15-year hiatus while working as a real estate agent - but didn't get her first hole-in-one until a few years ago.

Now, her aces are almost regular.

"You make it sound like a big deal," she said with a laugh. "It's just another day in the life of Rose Farina."

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