A Good Day

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June 25th was a very good day. It is not often that you get to experience the following in a single day:

1) A good, long walk with your buddy. I have to thank Mike Williams for putting up with me and toting my bag around for all 108 holes. He joins very select company of people that have caddied for 100+ holes in a day. 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.

2) The gamut of (beautiful) weather. Started with heavy fog, burned off to a magnificent sunrise, heated up quickly, blew, blew some more, broke triple digits and ended with a beautiful Eastern CO evening with some color added from the front range fires.

3) Every golf shot possible. Hit the pin on #3 (would have been my 1st ace), hit the flag (not stick) on a downwind #1 (think about it, hard to do), shanks, hooks, slices, putts rolling at a 4, putts rolling at a 10, playing hole 7 under par for the day, and making my only par on 18 from a bunker lie that is only possible at Ballyneal.

4) A College World Series Title. Bear Down!

5) Fist bumps with fellow hikers. Something about a fist bump with a fellow hiker that is on 80+ holes just makes it feel better than all others.

6) Support from your family. Whit, Suz, Mom, Dad, and Scott, thanks for the texts and calls during the day. Your support helped me achieve my goal and the complaining was kept to a minimal. (This one happens more than the others, I'm lucky)

7) Ben Cox outdrive his dad. (Ok this happened the next day, but it was way cool)

8) 108 holes!

I'll admit, walking 108 holes in a day was hard. However, it was well worth it. If you have any inkling about hiking next year, I guarantee you'll enjoy and won't have any regrets.

Some additional info:

HOLE YARD PAR RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 RD5 RD6
1 382 4 5 4 6 5 4 5
2 490 4 4 5 4 5 5 5
3 145 3 4 3 3 3 3 3
4 573 5 6 5 5 6 6 5
5 165 3 3 4 2 4 5 5
6 480 4 5 4 6 6 3 6
7 352 4 3 4 5 3 4 3
8 515 5 5 6 5 6 8 6
9 362 4 6 4 3 6 5 5
OUT 3464 36 41 39 39 44 43 43
10 509 4 7 5 5 6 7 5
11 200 3 4 4 4 3 3 4
12 375 4 4 5 4 5 5 4
13 510 4 4 5 4 7 4 5
14 362 4 6 5 3 6 5 4
15 237 3 3 5 3 4 3 4
16 546 5 7 5 5 6 4 5
17 481 4 7 5 4 6 7 5
18 463 4 6 6 6 5 7 4
IN 3683 35 48 45 38 48 45 40
TOTAL 7147 71 89 84 77 92 88 83

HOLES: 108
STROKES: 513
SCORING AVG: 85.5
VS. PAR: +87
BEST BALL: 66
WORST BALL: 106
EAGLE: 0
BIRDIE: 8
PAR: 36
BOGEY: 40
DOUBLE: 17
OTHER: 7

Some GPS stats:

My front 9 trip:

My back 9 trip:

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This Golfer's Participation

Comments

My name is Kenneth, Ben's dad, and am pleased to congratulate you all in your fine efforts. My experience with Ben on the 26th was quite amazing. Jim ceremoniously met us and walked the first hole with us. Matt and JP definately kept tabs on us and hydrated. Seven and one half holes no way, no where, no how compares to what you all have accomplished, but in our own way it was quite a challenge. Bens' cart carried him and his clubs, with me carrying my own. Started by 7:30 and planned on being done by noon.
Set up for each shot consisted of lining up the cart to be perpendicular to shot line
Swing Ben's legs out as seat pivoted.
Ajusted legs. Placed club in right hand with special glove on and set velco straps to help hold club.(Ben has no dexterity or grip)
Place ball on tee at precise distance so he could reach it with his swing.
Hit ball. Cheer when he got a good on. Retrieve when he didn't
Swing his chair back to driving position while I picked up his legs. (At least 71 times)
Move to next shot (his or Mine ????)

We had a great time together but the heat got the best of us and we just had to stop. Two hours in the clubhouse resturant to cool down and then some lunch.
We had really hoped to spend some time with Jim but understood when he came and found us on the course to say Goodbye.
Again, Thank you so much to Ballyneal and all who have supported us in these two year. And by the way, there is no discribing the look on Jims' face when questioned about the styling golf shoes for the golfer who doesn't walk. Thanks soooo much for everything.