Grand Haven golf program to host 100-hole marathon

Tribune Staff • Oct 10, 2018 at 12:30 AM

The Grand Haven boys golf program is set to host a unique fundraiser at Grand Haven Golf Club on Oct. 28.

The Bucs plan to host a marathon, but rather than running 26.2 miles, they will cover it on the golf course by playing 100 holes of golf in one day.

“We were hoping to come up with a new, interesting fundraiser for our boys' golf team this year,” said first-year Grand Haven golf coach Taylor Schriber. “Locally, there have been a few 100-hole outings, and I thought it would be fun for our guys and our supporters.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Grand Haven golf team to cover tournament entry fees, transportation costs and equipment needs.

Participants who raise the minimum pledge amount of $250 will enjoy all 100 holes of golf with a cart at the Grand Haven Golf Club, along with a hot buffet breakfast, barbecue lunch and full-course dinner. Snack and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided on the course throughout the day, with alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

Top fundraisers will be eligible for awards and prizes including a $400 dollar gift card to Maple Hill for the top fundraiser. Titleist golf balls, Under Armour golf shoes, Grand Haven gear and golf bags are also up for grabs. Every participant will receive a Buccaneer golf shirt and will compete for winning scores, most birdies and three closest to hole and longest drive prizes.

The golf team welcomes any and all local businesses that would like to participate and sponsor the event.

Sign-in begins at 6:45 a.m., with the marathon beginning at 8:15 a.m. Players will run through four rapid-fire 18-hole rounds, with each round playing as a different game.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. The marathon will end at 6:45 p.m. with the 100th hole played using glow in the dark balls and pins after sunset at 7:30 p.m.

When asked how you play 100 holes of golf in one day, Schriber answered in one word, “Fast.”

Each round of 18 holes should take approximately two hours and each participant will be fed breakfast, lunch and dinner right at the golf course. After dinner has been served, the golfers will go back on the course for one more challenge: a closest to the pin challenge using light up golf balls and glow-in-the-dark flagsticks.

“It is going to be a special way to wrap up the evening by having everyone play their 100th hole when it is dark outside, just like we started,” Schriber said.

The Bucs hope to raise $10,000. Participants can find pledge sheets by contacting coach Schriber at schribert@ghaps.org or 616-850-6039 and should have them completed when they arrive at registration.

In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled to Nov. 4.

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