Photos from Arcadia GC Photos from Heartwell GC
100 holes of golf in one day may seem like a daunting task, but 39 SCGA members can now cross that feat off their bucket list. The SCGA Foundation’s third annual Golf Marathon wrapped up Saturday, as the final 28 participants completed 100 holes of golf at Heartwell GC in Long Beach, just one week after the first 11 made it through 100 holes at Arcadia GC. The event raised more than $48,000 for the Foundation.
"I had a wonderful time,” said SCGA Board Member Mike Ortega, who was participating in his second straight Marathon. “The people involved with this event are just great. This year especially, I saw so many new participants, so getting to talk with them, and especially about what the funds are going towards, is great."
The Golf Marathon asks marathoners to play 100 holes of golf in one day at a Par 3 course and ask family and friends to make a small donation per hole played. The money raised then goes to support Foundation programs such as Scholarships, Youth on Course and G.A.M.E. Days.
“I decided to play in the Marathon because it is such a great ipportunity to give back to golf and especially the youth of Southern California, said first-time participant Lory Stampfl, president of the Women’s Southern California Golf Association Foundation. “Going in, I had this extreme thought of 100 holes and some 16-hour round, but once I arrived the event came into perspective right away and it was great. I’ll definitely do it again.”
During the Marathon, the course is filled with closest-to-the-pin contests, foods and beverages and more to keep the marathoners hydrated and entertained during their 5.5-hour round. But not lost in the fun day is the notion that everyone there is supporting the same cause.
“Youth on Course is a program that will continue to grow and affect youth all over the Southland,” said Ortega. “This is just the beginning. It’s such a great way to get players for the future."
The $48,000 raised make the Marathon the Foundation's second-largest fundraiser of the year, second only to the Annual Golf Tournament, which will this year be held Nov. 12 at Wilshire CC. If interested in attending, please contact Kate Kennedy at email@example.com. The SCGA Foundation would especially like to acknowledge Board President Ed Holmes, first-time participant Ken Coley and third-time participant Marty Temple, who raised the most money for this year's event. To see the full leaderboard and list of participants, click here.