2012 Year in Review: Best of Base Camp

Here is a rundown of Hundred Hole Hike 2012.

By the Numbers:
Number of Hikers: 67
Holes Hiked to Date: 7,602 (67 golfers)
Total Pledged: $273,000

In the News:

Hike Summaries:

Flossmoor Country Club - June 18, 2012

Golfer Name Holes Hiked

Derek Linde

108

Doug Fischer

108

Erik Skurka

126

Howard Riefs

109 "The Hundred Hole Hike undoubtedly exceeded expectations as one of my most rewarding athletic pursuits."

Jeff Tang

108

Matt Sander

113

Norm Olsen

108 "It truly was one of the more gratifying experiences of my life and there is absolutely no chance I would have been able to finish if it weren't for all support from fellow hikers, family and friends."

Sven Nilsen

108

Holly Hills Golf Club - June 19, 2012

Golfer Name Holes Hiked

Ken Clyne

100 "Well, I've run the Marine Corps Marathon the last 3 years and I'm not saying running 26.2 miles is easy but right now I feel a greater sense of accomplishment having completed the Hundred Hole Hike."

Ballyneal - June 25, 2012

Golfer Name Holes Hiked

Ben Cox

7.5 "Next year I WILL finish nine holes with God's help."

Brian Carruthers

108 "Playing with Mitch was an absolute blast. We got to talk about memories we had on the course, memories of living in Holyoke, and the great times we had while working at Ballyneal."

Jim Colton

155 "On the 109th hole, I found myself in the collection area short and left of the first green, and failed to question the logic of trying to hit flop shot over the hazard commonly known as the "bunker of death". Not surprisingly, I skulled it into the face of the bunker and, yada, yada, yada...I had to expand the column width of my scorecard spreadsheet."

John Penny

108 "Mike is even quite the sempster. He pulled out some very cool customized, caddy coveralls for the 1st round of the day. Definition of friend."

Mitch Ehly

108 "The Hike. What to say? One word - Relentless? Insane? Sore? I'm not sure how to even describe the experience other than life changing."

Rob Rigg

144 "Our goal is to grow The Hundred Hole Hike into a massive event raising millions of dollars for charity."

Wyatt Halliday

117 "Every time I'd hit a good approach, Jason would do the running man dance. Dumplin remained unfazed, eyes on the prize, mixing electrolytes into water bottles like it was his primary occupation."

Kingsley Club - June 25, 2012

Golfer Name Holes Hiked

Bill Seitz

126 "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."

Tim Bert

126 "I made the fateful decision to use a red LED ball and 3 strokes later I recorded what I believe to be the first and only Hundred Hole Hike birdie using glow-in-the-dark technology."

Chris Hufnagel

121 "It is hard to describe what a great day it was - the course couldn't have been in better shape, the weather was perfect, the staff at Kingsley exceeded all expectations again, my fellow Hikers welcomed me into the group and made me smile, laugh, and push on to achieve my goal. "

Lawrence Country Club - June 25, 2012

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Brandon Urban

108 "About the 16th hole of that round, after 4 shanked wedges into the water, I was ready to take my bag, throw it in the closest water hazard, and walk up to the clubhouse. Julie talked me down from the ledge, put some Michael Jackson on the ipod, and we finished off hole 90.

Dormie Club - June 25, 2012

Golfer Name Holes Hiked

Ben Carey

102

Laurel View Country Club - June 25, 2012

Golfer Name Holes Hiked

Pete Monaco

100 "This was by far my greatest athletic accomplishment of my life. As I am writing this, my entire body aches, but every second of it was worth it for the true heroes - the children that the Make a Wish Foundation supports and the volunteers that make it happen!"

Dismal River - June 25, 2012

Golfer Name Holes Hiked

Eric Smith

100 "I can say with confidence that this hike was the most physically difficult thing I've done in my life. I slept most all day today and am still icing my knee. But, I guess it's a good pain in many ways."

Hidden Creek Golf Club - June 27, 2012

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Jim Briggs

117 "My Hundred Hole Hike was the most rewarding, exhilarating day I've had on a golf course. Over $5,600 was pledged to The Hansen Foundation in connection with my Hike, which is deeply satisfying. I've heard testimonials first hand from those that the Foundation has helped on their road to addiction recovery and I am gratified that I was able to help in this way to ensure that their important work continues."

Secession Golf Club - June 29, 2012

Golfer Name Holes Hiked

Joel Zuckerman

100 "As I trudged up the clubhouse stairs at day’s end, I was gratified to receive a lovely and enthusiastic ovation by a 12-person dinner party, still enjoying cocktail hour, who came out to greet me on the porch. Far better than the warm applause and photo barrage was the fact that all of these folks met little Liam Steffen, who was there to support my effort along with his Pippie Longstocking look-alike sister Amalie, and their parents, Joe and Janet."

Mountain Ridge Country Club - July 2, 2012

Golfer Name Cause

Matt Atlas

108 "Around hole 70, my mind began to play tricks on me and I'm convinced that I saw a plane attempt to land on the course and I'm pretty sure I saw a pink elephant crossing the 17th fairway."

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort - July 4, 2012

Golfer Name Cause

Thom Faglie

100 "By 9:30p.m., we stumbled into the restaurant at Trails just as fireworks began exploding in the distant shore.(of course for us!) Four exhausted golfers, our sweet & gracious server, and a talented chef, it seemed like we were the only people on the property. It’s hard to express the combination of exhaustion, exhilaration, & awe that punctuated our discussion. I’ve retold this story numerous times, and SURREAL is the word that reverberates in every telling…"

Jeff Simonds

100 "Brandon Carter aces our 68th hole and fueled the group to finish strong."

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove - July 9, 2012

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Ryan Reid

65 "The most rewarding experience of this was actually visiting the Ronald McDonald House in Mobile. The staff was unbelievable! It was great to hear stories of how they meet the needs of families and take a tour the new addition to the house."

John Moore

100 "But this has been quite a rewarding experience. I've learned that in many things, I need to stop finding excuses not to do something, and find reasons TO do something. "

Center City Golf Course at Goat Hill - July 16, 2012

Golfer Name Cause

Derek Drish

108 "Matt, John, and I would have never finished 108 holes without our awesome support group! Thanks to Jill, John, Max, and Bob Stewart at Goat Hill for caddying, ball finding, feeding, watering, and shepherding us along all day! Without you all, we would not have done it."

John Ashworth

108 "I suppose it's not the same as climbing Mt. Everest but we take away a great sense of accomplishment and pride in the fact that in some small way we are 'Linking Souls' in a worthwhile fashion for the betterment of humanity and the communities we live. That's the Golfer's High and the power of the game of Golf."

Matt Ginella

108 "And on the 44th hole, almost six hours into our day, and halfway through the third round, I started to think I wasn’t going to make it much farther. Doubt, it turns out, can be just as heavy as a golf bag. What seemed like such a good idea started looking like it made as much sense as a green with no hole. And right about the time I was convincing myself the concept of quitting was pathetic, little Kyle Lograsso came running out to the ninth green."

Double Eagle Club - July 23, 2012

Golfer Name Cause

Brian Laurent

108 "I can't say enough about the overall experience. This was by far the most physically demanding task I've ever completed. At the end of the day, it was all worth it! With the help of friends, family and the industry, we were able to raise more than $7,200 for those struggling with major illnesses and injuries. That certainly puts a little knee pain in perspective..."

Aldarra Golf Club - July 24, 2012

Golfer Name Cause

Victor Santodomingo

100 "The tremendous feeling walking up the 100th hole knowing what I was about to accomplish is indescribable. The sore legs and body will only last a day or two, but the memory of this event, seeing the generosity of those who pledged, and knowing that we're helping a cause that brings so much to families in our community is what I'll savor for a long time to come."

Hawk Pointe Country Club - July 30, 2012

Golfer Name Cause

Kelly Moran

108 "We concluded the day at about 8:20PM, playing the last hole with a member and resident who was out playing a few holes after dinner. Andrew noted this as a future goal: live on a golf course, play often."

Steve Goracy

72