Warren Man To Play 100 Holes In One Day
Warren resident Austin Stoddard has spent plenty of time on the golf course throughout his life.
A 2012 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, Stoddard has logged hundreds of combined hours of collegiate, amateur and recreational play over the course of his 29 years.
But none of his experiences on the links have come close to what he has planned for Monday, June 24 at Conewango Valley Country Club.
Teeing off just after 5 a.m., Stoddard will take to the course with the goal of walking his way through 100 holes to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
That is roughly 53 more than he has ever logged in a day, and will include roughly 27 miles of walking with a 30-pound bag over hilly terrain.
“Ever since college I wanted to do something like this, because golf has given me so many opportunities, personally and career-wise,” said Stoddard. “Golf has been great to me.”
Like many others, Stoddard first had the idea of starting a golf tournament or a scramble for a charitable cause. When thinking about what he would like to raise money for, he noticed that of all the causes typically seen for golf tournaments, one was less common–children’s charities.
“I play in several golf tournaments in the Warren County area and I haven’t played in any tournaments that benefit any children’s organizations,” said Stoddard.
After making the decision to embark on what is now called “Austin’s 100 Hole Hike,” Stoddard did his research and ultimately made the decision to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Donations made to St. Jude ensure that no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. They also support medical research.
Stoddard will need to get through 18 holes in around 2¢hours and keep that pace up well into the evening in order to achieve his final goal. Helping him along the way will be a support staff and hopefully some accommodating patrons.
“I’ll pick the last ball out of the hole at 9 at night,” said Stoddard. “I’ll be taking a couple of showers throughout the round, I’ll be changing clothes. My girlfriend will be taking the day off and cruising around with me. I have a support crew with food and beverages.”
In the run up to his epic day of golf, Stoddard has been reaching out to businesses and friends in the golf community for donations, as well as raffle items that will be distributed during a happy hour event on Tuesday after the 100 Hole Hike, with the proceeds also going to St. Jude.
“I think I’ll be able to raise more money than just doing a scramble. People don’t have to come and play, they can just donate and help spread the word.”
To donate, visit fundraising.stjude.org and search for “100 Hole Hike.”