Friday, September 24

67-Year-Old Dave Eichelberger Qualifies for PGA Tour Event

DAVE EICHELBERGER HAS BEEN ordering off the senior menu at Denny’s for a long time. (If he eats there.) Eichelberger may even be collecting Social Security. He’s certainly old enough. Now the 67-year-old former tour player will be teeing it up with the flat bellies on the PGA Tour in January.

Eichelberger won the Aloha Section PGA Professional Championship this week to gain entry to the 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii.

“I am shocked,” he told The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Eichelberger is a four-time PGA Tour winner. He also captured six titles on the Champions Tour. His last victory was at the Emerald Coast Classic in 2002.

Still, Eichelberger is a pup compared to the oldest player to tee it up in a PGA Tour event. That was 77-year-old Jerry Barber at the 1994 Buick Invitational in California.

−The Armchair Golfer

(Visor tip to John Strege at Local Knowledge)

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