Local golf pros play 100 holes in a day to fight cancer
For most golfers, playing 18 holes in one day is plenty. For some, playing 36 holes is do-able. But for local golf professionals Cynthia Brown, Vaughn Robinson, Jake Hanley and Mike Perry, Wednesday’s challenge was to play 100 holes of golf.
The foursome played 100 holes and then some, according to Hanley, the golf pro at Jeremy Ranch, making for a long, tiresome day on the links.
"We played 102 holes," he said. "We started at 5:30 a.m. in the dark under moonlight and finished at 8:45 p.m."
The event was a fundraiser for the Playing For Life Foundation, a nonprofit that will donate 98 percent of the money raised to cancer research, survivor care and to provide free mammograms for women in the Park City community. Hanley said he was lucky to be able to spend a day doing what he loves for charity.
"It’s a lot of fun," he said. "To get to spend the day with three great people for a great cause, it’s definitely a highlight of the summer. Cancer affects everybody in one way or another. To be able to play a small part in raising funds for cancer research, for me, when they asked me to play in this, I jumped at the chance to be able to help out."
Though he had a blast playing 102 holes of golf, Hanley said there’s always a moment when it hits you just how much golf is still left to play.
"It’s funny because, about 36 holes in, you start to realize that you have another eight or nine hours to go," he said. "There’s definitely one point where you think to yourself, ‘We still have 60 holes to play.’ The holes start to blur together and it’s like, ‘This is my fifth time playing this hole, I should definitely birdie it by now.’"
The foursome played at Promontory on the Pete Dye Course. Hanley said the course was a lot of fun and in great shape overall.
Though he was a little sore on Thursday, Hanley said he would jump at the chance to play in the charity event again next year.
"I was kind of slow moving [Thursday] morning," he said on Friday. "I’m feeling a lot better today, though. I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year."
Donations from the event are still being totaled, but Brown said the group is hoping to triple the $10,000 raised last year.
"We’re hoping for around $30,000," she said. "That would be incredible."
To learn more about the Playing For Life Foundation, or to donate to the cause, visit http://www.theplayingforlifefoundation.org .
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