• Ralph Sleeper shot a round 17 strokes below his age
• He was 89 when he went round in 72 back in February
GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS
An American golfer may have earned his way into the Guinness Book of World Records after shooting a round 17 strokes below his age.
Ralph Sleeper of Peoria, Arizona, was 89 when he shot an incredible round of 72 at Westbrook Village Golf Club back in February and, now 90, he is awaiting confirmation.
Sleeper won’t go into the Guinness Book of World Records holding the record outright, though, as two other 89-year-olds have also shot rounds of 72.
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In April 2001, James D. Morton shot a 72 at Valleybrook Golf and Country Club in Tennessee and, in November 2007, Keith Plowman carded a 72 at Maungakiekie Golf Club in Auckland, New Zealand.
“It was one of those days where everything was going well,” he told AZ Central. “I realised (I shot 72) because of the other guys I was playing with.
"It was one of those days where everything was going well" - Ralph Sleeper
“They just asked me what I eat and what I do. But I don’t really do anything different from anyone else.”
Sleeper only started playing golf at the age of 32 and, a nine-handicapper, says most of his rounds are in the 79-81 range.
But check this out. He’s also had two hole-in-ones in 2016 – with a lifetime total of 15.