Heat, Humidity and Hundred and Eight Holes

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It has been almost two weeks since my Hundred Hole Hike at Lawrence Country Club. I could fill up a blog post with just adjectives to describe the day. In short, it was fun, challenging, inspiring, difficult, blazing hot and perfect.

The day started at 5:39 a.m. on the first tee. Barry and I had a few well wishers in attendance as well as two awesome caddies. We striped two drives down the middle (well, Barry did. I squirted one right into the trees) and we were off.

The hardest part for me was getting used to playing so fast along with all of the adrenaline pumping. The golf, on my part, was not the best, but it was still fun. We played the first four rounds right at two hours a piece. The golf highlight of those four rounds for me was seeing my approach on the par 4 ninth lip out for eagle. The overall highlight, besides hitting the 72 hole mark, was one straight out of Karate Kid. On the 18th fairway during the 3rd round a giant bumble bee dive bombed Barry and proceeded to make a run at me. With nothing but a wedge in hand, I took one swing and hit the bee farther than I hit one of my drives on 6. Chopsticks are overated.

The fifth round, by far, was the hardest of the day. The temperature climbed to 102 and the humidity was high. I was downing a bottle of gatorade or water per hole. Luckily we had the most encouraging and positive caddies of the day. My wife, Julie, and our friend Laura did a great job of keeping us going. 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.

I took a long, cold shower and headed out for round six feeling refreshed and energized. With 100 in the near future I was pumped to get going. We seemed to cruise through the first nine holes and headed to the 10th tee. 100 was here! Barry and I both hit good drives, bad approaches and had tap in bogies. There was a quick high five, thunderous applause from our gallery of four and we were off again.
The last eight holes are a blur, but I do remember 18. We had an after party planned and all of the attendees (about 25) were standing on the hillside above the green watching us finish. We each tapped in for par and decided to call it quits. It was a long hot day and we were done... plus there was cold beer waiting!

I can't say thank you enough to our nine different caddies. I'm not sure I could have made it through the day without them, especially in the heat. Most of them had never stepped foot on a golf course, but they were all terrific. We only almost lost one of them to heatstroke. If you've seen Tin Cup and remember the scene when Kevin Costner's buddy is about to die from carrying his bag, that is pretty much how it went (minus the wifebeater). We gave him a few breathers in the shade and he somehow made it through.

It was a great day and I can't wait to do it all again next year!

A few stats...

HOLE YARD PAR RD1 RD2 RD3 RD4 RD5 RD6 BEST WORST
1 336 4 7 5 4 6 5 5 4
2 156 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 3
3 500 5 9 7 6 8 7 6 6
4 420 4 5 5 5 4 5 5 4
5 387 4 5 4 7 5 6 6 4
6 353 4 6 5 5 6 5 5 5
7 186 3 3 4 3 4 4 5 3
8 396 4 6 5 6 3 5 5 3
9 307 4 5 3 5 4 5 6 3

OUT 3041 35 50 41 46 44 46 47 35

10 414 4 6 6 5 6 5 5 5
11 142 3 4 4 4 3 4 3 3
12 487 5 6 6 7 7 6 5 5
13 343 4 4 7 6 6 4 6 4
14 364 4 5 6 5 5 6 5 5
15 343 4 5 6 6 5 7 6 5
16 405 4 9 5 7 9 8 4 4
17 152 3 5 4 3 4 3 3 3
18 371 4 4 4 6 5 6 4 4

IN 3021 35 48 48 49 50 49 41 38

TOTAL 6062 70 98 89 95 94 95 88 73

HOLES: 108
STROKES:559
SCORING AVG:93.2
VS. PAR: +139
BEST BALL:73
WORST BALL:113
EAGLE: 0
BIRDIE: 2
PAR: 19
BOGEY: 49
DOUBLE: 28
OTHER: 10

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Brandon Urban

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June 19, 2017
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