SUNNYVALE -- The 129-yard seventh hole at Sunnyvale Municipal Golf Course is no match for 90-year-old George Carapiet.

In June, the Cupertino resident got his first hole-in-one.

Seven weeks later, he got another one.

"I'm almost blind in my right eye, so I didn't see it go in," Carapiet, a 25 handicap, said of his first ace. "I started looking for it on the rough. The guys looked in the hole and said, 'George, it's in the hole.' I just didn't believe it. Now they're all teasing me, calling me, 'Ace.'"

Carapiet, who used a driver for both aces, has spent a lot of time on his golf game since retiring 10 years ago as a marketer for a mushroom business.

"Attitude has a lot to do with it, and a good sense of humor," Carapiet said. "That keeps a person in the right frame of mind. I play golf three times a week and work out with a personal trainer twice a week."

Gary Griffith, Carapiet's frequent golf partner, witnessed both holes-in-one. He called his friend a model for other senior citizens.

"He's got a drive to succeed and to help other people," Griffith said. "I see so many people give up. What more inspiration do you need for people who turn 75 and think they're done?"

Carapiet certainly isn't done. He almost aced the 161-yard 13th hole at Sunnyvale last week.

"I missed by six inches," Carapiet said.

Carapiet shot 92 when he recorded his first ace June 6.


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He didn't have the score card for the round in which he shot the second ace July 25 because it was being framed.

Carapiet, who is of Armenian ancestry, was born in Calcutta, India, in 1924. He lived in India until he joined the Norwegian merchant mariners during World War II, and later served in the U.S. merchant mariners.

Now word is starting to spread about the man who did not take up golf until he was 60.

"I know of him," said Mark Petersen, golf operations manager for the City of Sunnyvale. "He's a legend."