126 Holes in 16 hours – A Recap

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On Monday, June 25th, four fellow members of the Kingsley Club and I each achieved our goal of playing and walking at least 100 holes of golf in one day. In doing so, we’ve collectively raised ~$25,000 for the Traverse Bay Child Advocacy Center. It was a physically demanding experience, especially the last 30 holes or so, but it was a lot of fun, and well worth it. I should preface the recap with a note about a particular pledge I received from friend and fellow Kingsley member Jud Tigerman. Jud pledged $.50 per hole, but pledged an additional $5 for every birdie, and $20 for every round in which I could shoot below 78. That was my main motivation for the day with regard to score. Keep in mind that over the course of my first experience at the Kingsley Club last Labor Day weekend, I had apparently forgotten how to hit a long iron, and the level of my play at Kingsley had been....let's just say less than impressive. I came into this event, however, on the heels of a very solid 75 the night before with a few birdies, so I had high hopes.

But before I talk about the golf itself, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the effort that Jim Colton and Tim Bert put into this event at the national (Jim) and local (Tim) levels. None of this would have happened without Jim, and when the Kingsley crew got involved, Tim really took the lead and ran with it, from choosing the charity, to coordinating the date at the club with Kingsley’s owner, Ed Walker, and the rest of the staff. None of the other four of us could have done this without their help, and because of their leadership, we’ve been able to get a lot of people to contribute a lot of money to a great cause.

The first round started just after 5:30 am. As we all approached the 10th tee (we started on the back nine), we weren’t sure if we would have volunteers, but two brave souls, including the Kingsley Club’s GM, Brian Conklin, awaited as able caddies for a couple of the more “senior” members of the group. I was left to drag my own bag for the first couple rounds, but as I had a light weight “Sunday” bag and only nine clubs, it wasn’t too taxing. I should note here as well that pace of play considerations led to a mix of tees on the day. I typically play the Kingsley Club at about 6,500 – 6,900 yards. On this day, I played mix of the white and blue tees, with the red tee on 15 thrown in for the sake of convenience, and the course measured about 6,100 yards. Also, Kingsley's terrific superintendent, Dan Lucas, did an excellent job setting pins in locations that were fairly accessible and, well, not easy, but not too taxing to putt. Kingsley can VERY difficult if Dan is in a bad mood when he sets pin locations. :)

I started off the first round with a drive that I never saw, but fortunately found in the fairway. Four strokes later, the first hole was complete, a bogey that would become a theme on Kingsley’s 10th, a hole I played nearly a half shot over par for the day. Over the course of the first few holes, our group broke apart into singles to help speed pace of play. As I settled into a rhythm, I really started striking the ball well, and would make only five more bogeys, offset by two birdies to fire a first round 75. That was the first of back to back 75s, the second round featuring a birdie on the fourth hole, my first of three birdies there. In two rounds I was already $83 up on Jud’s pledge.

At the beginning of the third round, I was joined by David Plassman, the Kingsley Club’s Director of Golf, and the person arguably the most influential in my decision to join Kingsley earlier this year (he's a heck of a recruiter). David’s expertise and encouragement (as well as his willingness to drag my sticks), helped me to my best round of the morning, a 73 with birdies at the 4th and 17th holes. Plus, it was nice to have some company after two rounds played solo. Head Pro Justin Mack took the bag for the first nine holes of round four, and I don’t know if it was a temporary lull, or perhaps I was hitting a wall, but I played my worst nine of the day, a seven over par 43. Mr. Plassman re-took the bag for the rest of the round, and magic was back, as I shot an even par 35 with two birdies for a 78. Mr. Tigerman was $141 poorer.

For my fifth round, I was pleased to be joined by Denise Busley, a local business owner and big supporter of the Child Advocacy Center. We had a great time together, and she did a fantastic job coaching me back to my third 75 of the day, a round that included four birdies, including birdies on my 16th and 17th holes of the round (#s 7 and 8 at Kingsley, the latter coming after a drive into the center-line fairway bunker). $49 more from Jud.

That brought me to the round where I would cross the 100 hole threshold, and because daylight is plentiful during a Northern Michigan Summer, I decided to play the sixth round with Tim Bert. We had been roughly within one hole of each other all day long, so it seemed fitting that we cross the finish line together. On the bag for round six was Tyler, a member of Kingsley’s maintenance crew, and something about the partnership just seemed to click. Though I was 90 holes in and should have been barely mobile, I started the round with birdies on two of my first three holes. A bogey on Kingsley’s 14th, and a double on the 17th, the two easiest holes on the back nine, dropped me to one over par for the round. I got that stroke back with a birdie on the 1st hole (my 10th hole of the round and 100th hole of the day), and got it to one under with another birdie at the 5th. Bogeys at the 6th and 8th sandwiched a birdie on #7, which brought us to 108th hole of the day at even par for the round. The ninth can be a diabolical short par three with a small target surrounded by trouble. I flew a 3/4 pitching wedge just above the hole, and watched the slope carry it back to about three feet, from where I dropped my sixth birdie of the round (a feat I’ve only achieved one other time)! A one under par 70 in my sixth round of the day. I'm not sure who was more excited, me or Tyler! That round cost Jud $71, with the kicker that the per hole charge went to $2 for every hole past #100.

With the day complete, we took the opportunity to rest and enjoy one another’s company for a bit. And while I was proud of achieving my goal, Tim Bert thought it wouldn’t be right to let three more hours of daylight go unused, so back out we trekked for another nine holes. Nine holes became 11, which became 15, which became 17, and before we knew it, we were putting out on the 18th hole for the seventh time in one day, this time carding a 79 with two more birdies, including one after reaching the par five 17th in two, my 125th hole of the day. I finally felt that I had earned a trip to Kingsley’s legendary 18th tee mailbox, which seems to always be magically stocked with a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Total money taken from Jud: $302 for the TBCAC.

It’s now three days later, and while my body is still paying the price, I’m incredibly proud of what my fellow Kingsley members and I were able to accomplish, and how much good was done for a great charity. We couldn’t have done it without the support of the TBCAC, the phenomenal Kingsley staff (from the GM to the kitchen staff to the maintenance crew), and even the other golfers on the course that day, who graciously let all five of us constantly interrupt their rounds to let us play through, all while giving us a great deal of encouragement. It’s that type of support from all involved that makes me proud to be a member at the Kingsley Club.

What did I learn over the course of 126 holes? You don’t need to play slow and methodical to play well. You don’t always need 14 clubs in your bag (nine are plenty). Spending a lot of time lining up putts is overrated. Pre-shot routines are really overrated. It’s pretty amazing how much one can get the human body to do if you push just a tad bit further.

My day by the numbers:

• 126 holes
• 525 strokes – a scoring average of exactly 75 (goal was 80)
• Best ball – 57; Worst ball 92
• 20 birdies, 64 pars, 36 bogeys, 6 doubles, no “others”
• 63 fairways hit (69.23%)
• 76 greens hit (60.32%)
• Best Hole: #4, a 3.57 scoring average, three under par for the day
• Worst Hole: #15, 4.57 scoring average. Even from the red tees this hole is brutal.
• 3 balls used (replaced the first after 61 holes, lost the second on hole 98)
• 3 pairs of shoes, four pairs of sox, two shirts
• Lots of water, two bottles of Gatorade, three Clif Bars, and some fruit throughout the day.

1 542 5 6 5 7 4 5 4 4
2 140 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 4
3 412 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 4
4 376 4 4 3 3 4 3 4 4
5 178 3 4 3 3 4 4 2 4
6 373 4 5 4 4 3 6 5 5
7 512 5 5 6 5 5 4 4 6
8 321 4 4 4 4 4 3 5 4
9 115 3 4 4 3 3 3 2 3
OUT 2969 35 38 37 37 35 35 33 38
10 393 4 5 4 5 5 5 3 4
11 141 3 3 3 3 4 4 3 3
12 425 4 4 5 4 5 5 3 5
13 271 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 4
14 510 5 4 5 5 6 5 6 7
15 370 4 4 5 4 5 5 4 5
16 154 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3
17 484 5 5 5 4 6 7 7 4
18 386 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 6
IN 3134 36 37 38 36 43 40 37 41
TOTAL 6103 71 75 75 73 78 75 70 79


Sensational playing. Kudos to the Kingsley crew. David Plassman is pure class. Great job by all.