Fred Murphy started golfing in his 40s but Tuesday the 66-year-old gained a distinction some golfers go a lifetime without achieving — he cranked in a hole-in-one.
He swung his 4-iron on the 9th Hole at Kelley Greens in Nahant — a 174-yard par 3 hole.
His Bridgestone ball sailed high and landed 20 yards from the cup. It bounced twice, rolled across the green and plopped to the bottom of the cup.
Fred started yelling at longtime friends and fellow golfers Hawkeye O'Connor and Steve Caparelli.
"It's in the hole, it's in the hole," he hollered.
They are early morning golfers, and Tuesday will be a morning to remember.
Fred, who was holding the hole-in-one ball while talking about the accomplishment, will have the ball engraved.
His daughter, Karen, of Swampscott, said it's a bucket list item her father can cross off.
The father of three daughters, two of whom are Swampscott residents — and the third daughter will be moving to Swampscott soon — was introduced to golf by his wife 25 years ago.
Fred plays five days a week, walking from hole to hole with his friends.
The retired computer analyst enjoys the camaraderie and the game.
He'll be out golfing early today, Thursday, a hole in one to his credit.