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June 9, 2015 update: The Hope Hospice 100-hole golf marathon was a great success! The event generated over $145,000, and additional contributions are still rolling in. Folks supporting my fundraising efforts contributed over $6500! Thank you!
The Hope Hospice angels proved yesterday their caring spirit—they endured 100+ degree heat to ensure the 28 golfers were well cared for and supplied the entire day with plenty of beverages, food, snacks, sunscreen, cold towels, and water spritzers. They gave freely of their words of encouragement.
My playing partner Duane and I had a cart each, and we were the only players on any given hole. Play was well organized, so that it was rare for one two-some to have to wait on the two-some ahead. Essentially pairs sped along at the same pace throughout the day, for nearly six full rounds of golf.
Son-in-law Cal was my valet/caddie for the morning rounds, and Erin served as valet/caddie for Duane. Cal is a professional photographer, so many fine photos were snapped, to prove I was actually playing.
Erin and Cal were replaced by our wives, Nancy and Jan, for the afternoon rounds. What a blessing they all were. I enjoyed my time immensely with Cal and Nancy (and Erin and Duane!). Nancy is an old pro at hanging with me on the course, but this was a first for Cal. He was a quick study and made my job of hitting easy. Cal kept the carts (we wore out 3) stocked with water and Gatorade, and more water and Gatorade (I consumed 10 large Gatorades and 8 bottles of water), and food, and he was always at the ready to give the club for the next shot and bag the club from the last shot. Cal also served as able DJ, playing a variety of fun music on our mini boom box. On top of all that, he drove reasonably safely. Nancy took over for Cal about 1 p.m. and in addition to Cal's duties, Nancy also served as expert sunscreen slatherer--no sunburn on this golfer! Erin and Nancy ensured that I took enough Advil (only 3 needed), and today I am feeling pretty good—not too sore, just a little stiff and achy.
With all their help, Duane and I were able to finish 100 holes in under 10 hours, less than 2 hours per 18 holes. Thank you all for participating in this fun, rewarding event.
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