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Published: Thursday, 7/17/2008

Toledo man twins hole-in-one with perfect bowling game

BY RYAN AUTULLO
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

We all know the guy. Whether he's playing golf, table tennis or throwing darts, this guy is simply better than anyone else.

Typically he's in his 20s or 30s, or if he's fortunate, his competitive juices are still flowing once he's over the hill.

Dave Glauser is 61 and is still the guy no one can seem to beat. Most recently, the Toledoan fired a hole-in-one Monday at Giant Oaks Golf Club in Temperance. That feat complements a 300 game that he bowled in April at Jugs Bowling Center.

"He's very modest about it," Glauser's daughter, Allison Schroeder, said. "He pretends like he's calling about something else and then he says, oh by the way, I got a hole-in-one. He's very excited about it, but he's not the type to brag."

It would be understandable if Glauser boasted a bit. His athletic profile includes three holes-in-one as well as three 300 games. The odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one is 1 in 12,750, according to About.com. A study conducted by Newsday suggests the odds of rolling a 300 game are 1 in 11,500. No research was found determining the odds of someone in their 60s doing both in the same calendar year. Suffice it to say, such a feat is amazing.

"I'll keep going as long as I can," Glauser said. "I'll keep doing the same old thing, playing until I can't play anymore."

Glauser, who works as an auto parts salesman, has given up playing basketball and softball, because "they are young kids' sports."

But there is no deterioration in his golf game. Glauser, who carries a 3 handicap, leads one of the leagues at Giant Oaks with a 39-stroke average and ranks in the top three of another. His latest ace came using a 5-iron on the 180-yard ninth hole.

Also, his co-ed beach volleyball team is near the middle of the pack in a 10-team league comprised mostly of younger players.

"I just love the challenge and I try to keep active," said Glauser, who is 6-foot-1, 215 pounds.

Glauser did not play sports as a student at the University of Toledo, and was no "superstar" while attending Bowsher. He coached several of Allison's and his son Tony's CYO teams and often hopped in during pick-up games with his children and their friends.

"He's one of those guys that's just good at everything,"

Schroeder said. "As kids we were always going to one sporting event or another."

Contact Ryan Autullo at:

rautullo@theblade.com.



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