Lucky 103 year-old Romaine Wahlin Zito got two hole-in-ones

Utah Success Stories

(ABC4 NEWS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT) I’ve been doing “Doug Jessop’s Utah Success Stories” every Sunday night in the ABC4 News @ 10 p.m. for a number of years. It is my pleasure to do positive profiles with companies and people that make a difference.  I also do in-depth, free on-demand, online interviews with people from all walks of life, called “Jessop’s Journal”

Here’s an abbreviated version of my Jessop’s Journal interview with a lucky lady named Romaine.

DOUG: What was your birthday? ROMAINE July 17, 1917. seven, seventeen, seventeen. DOUG, I didn’t realize that. ROMAINE – yes. DOUG – so you were special from day one. ROMAINE – and there are seventeen letters in my name. so seven isn’t a lucky number for me. DOUG seventeen is. Time to go to Wendover and put it on the roulette wheel. ROMAINE – that’s right.

DOUG- I understand that you’ve gotten a hole-in-one in golf. ROMAINE – Two hole in ones. DOUG – (gesturing to camera)

I hit the ball and it went in, right in.  We were golfing with my brother-in-law and my sister-in-law and we got down there and I said, ‘where is my ball?’ They started looking all around it. It’s lost, we don’t know where it is. I walked over and looked in the hole and I said, I got a hole-in-one. He said, we knew that, but we didn’t want you to tell you.  So that was the first hole-in-one. DOUG – do you know about how old you would have been? ROMAINE – I must have been 65 or something.

The second hole-in-one.  We were teeing off of number nine on St. George. I hit the ball and it went up on a curve and down in the hole.  I’m luckier than good. I don’t have to be good, I’m lucky.

What advice would I give you? Enjoy life and like I do, laugh a lot, which you do. And enjoy the friends the friends that you have. And keep a journal which I didn’t, and I wish that I had. DOUG: well, we are going to give you a journal so you can start writing and have fun. ROMAINE; laugh


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I’m Doug Jessop, ABC4 News.

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