Brandon Canesi was recently golfing with his friends when he made a hole-in-one — an impressive feat.
Even more impressive: It was his second ace.
But one thing raises it from impressive to incredible and awe-inspiring:
Canesi was born without hands.
The 26-year-old golfer, who uses custom clubs with special grips, made a perfect shot with his seven iron on the par-3 17th hole at Wizard Golf Club in South Carolina.
Unsurprisingly, Canesi and those who were with him went nuts when the ball rolled into the hole.
“Oh my God, guys, that went in,” he yelled before getting a chest bump from a friend.
Fortunately, one of his buddies was recording the shot on his phone.
Canesei, who is from Atlantic City, made his first hole-in-one last year using a 5-wood from 190 yards out on a course in New Jersey.
The lefty was introduced to golf when he was 6 and fell in love with the game, he told Golf.com.
“I never had any doubt that I was going to be a golfer,” Canesi said. “But that’s how I’ve been with everything in my life. It’s like the Nike slogan, ‘Just do it.’ I never look at life any other way.”
When he was in high school, his uncle built him clubs with extended graphite shafts and modified grips to fit Canesi’s needs.
In 2016, Canesi decided to help others facing similar challenges and founded an organization called Hole High.
“Finding proper adaptive gear to compliment their bodies, and even garnering the strength to go out and play, can be hard for some, who believe golf to be too difficult for them to try,” it says on its website. “But the mental and physical benefits of this rewarding sport far outweighs any initial discomfort that may come from the early part of their golf journey.
“Hole High aims to inspire golfers of all levels to overcome their physical limitations and to educate the public about alternative golfing styles. Most importantly, we aim to promote a love of the game. Through proper gear, educational course outings, and a general public understanding of adaptive golf, Hole High can help everyone go the distance.”
In January, Canesi enrolled in the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
He now plays to a 13 index and hits the links regularly with his classmates.
Three of them were with Canesi on Feb. 27 for his latest ace.
Afterward, in keeping with tradition, he bought drinks for the group.
“One of the kids was underage, so I gave him a choice of soda or warm milk,” Canesi said.
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