Course Designer, 92, Gets Hole-In-One


How many golfers do you know who can shoot their age?

Russ Zakariasen, who turns 92 on May 19, recorded his fourth career hole-in-one last week when he aced the island green at Apache Creek Golf Cub, also known as the par three, sixth hole. Zakariasen used a nine-iron from a 110 yards to record the feat.

Just a few months ago, Russ, who said he plays five times a week at Apache Creek with his regular golfing buddies, and carries a handicap of 21, recorded his third career hole-in-one on the very same hole.

Of course, Zakariasen has a slight advantage, despite his age. He is a retired landscape architect who has helped design and build six golf courses, including two in Arizona -- Las Colinas Golf Course in Queen Creek, and the Payson Golf Course.

Zakariasen has been playing golf since the late fall of 1969 and is a former vice-president at the famed Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., which has been the host site of two U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship. He is also a former president of the National Landscape Nurserymen's Association and lives in Mesa at the Good Shepherd Village.

He is a member of Payson resident Doris Lemage's family.

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