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July 8, 2013

At 90, he cards another in Pelham

Methuen man gets another ace 28 years after his last one

After Methuen High Athletic Hall of Famer and longtime golfer Bucky Boehm, 90, had a cataract repaired a few years ago, he called his doctor to tell him that he might have put the first synthetic lens in cockeyed.

“What do you mean?” the doctor replied.

“Well, every time I putt, the ball goes to the right,” Boehm replied.

“When I do the other one, I’ll put it in to the left,” his doctor joked back.

Boehm, who turned 90 on April 28, certainly didn’t hook a recent shot right at the ninth hole of Pine Valley Golf Links in Pelham.

Using his 8-iron, he sent his ball straight down the fairway and it landed for a hole-in-one from 125 yards out.

For Boehm, who now lives in Lowell and began golfing in about 1956, it was his first hole-in-one since 1985 when he played for the telephone league.

“It felt great but you can’t see it go in the hole because it’s uphill,” Boehm said. “This other fellow I play with, he was on (the green). I thought that was my ball. He walked over to it and said, ‘This is my ball, Bucky.’”

Boehm presumed he had hit his over the green. His friend suggested he look in the sand trap.

“I couldn’t see it and then I started walking up toward the hole and I got there and I saw the ball in the bottom, and I said, ‘Hey, Billy, it’s in the hole,’” Boehm recalled. “I said, ‘You come and look before I take it out.’”

Boehm graduated from Methuen High in 1941. He played football and basketball for the Rangers. Seventy-two years later, he’s still going strong. He plays golf five times a week and has a 22-handicap.

“My legs are gone,” he said. “I ride (the course) most of the time and I have a little Emphysema. But outside of that, I feel pretty good. I think chipping is probably the best part of my game. I used to be a great chipper and putter, but my putting is a little off.”

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