|Ballyneal hosting Hundred Hole Hike Monday, June 25|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Building on the success of the Ben Cox 155 held just one year ago at Ballyneal Golf Club southeast of Holyoke, the Hundred Hole Hike (HHH) network was formed.
HHH is a national network of golf marathons where participants plan to walk 100 or more holes of golf in one day in order to raise money for various worthwhile charitable causes.
The Hundred Hole Hike includes events at some of the top golf courses in the country, including many courses listed in the Top 100 by various golf publications.
And Ballyneal is on target for the HHH event Monday, June 25.
The Ben Cox 155 was launched by Jim Colton on June 22, 2011. A Ballyneal member from Chicago, Ill., Colton walked 155 holes in one day and raised over $110,000 for Cox, a Ballyneal caddie who was paralyzed in a skiing accident in March of 2011.
Managed by One Divot, a charity that aims to help change the world for the better one divot at a time—HHH is inspired by the Ben Cox 155.
The goal of HHH is to take the same passion and energy that fueled the Ben Cox 155 to a grander scale. Instead of one golfer at one club for one cause, the HHH includes golfers at clubs worldwide, all walking to raise money for a variety of worthwhile causes.
Colton’s original goal in the Ben Cox event last year was to walk 108 holes and raise $5,000 to benefit Cox. On June 22, he walked 155 holes and raised more than $110,000.
Soon after, he set about forming One Divot and creating a method for like-minded golfers to raise awareness and money for the charities about which they care most deeply.
More than just a robust and centralized venue for pledge collection, www.hundredhole hike.com is designed to be a daily web destination for avid walking golfers.
It includes personalized blogs where HHH participants share updates on training, engage in friendly competition with other hikers and post items pertinent to those who embrace the game’s traditions and philanthropic heritage.
Ten golfers participating at Ballyneal Monday
Ten golfers will be participating in Hundred Hole Hike at Ballyneal next Monday, June 25, raising funds for their favorite charities. Pledges can be made on a per-hole or lump sum basis.
Ballyneal head golf professional and general manager Matt Payne said most of the golfers hope to complete 100 or 108 holes Monday.
Among the 10 will be Colton and former Ballyneal employee Brian Carruthers.
Pledges can be made for the 10 golfers and their charities by going to www.hundredholehike.com. Under the clubs link, is the Ballyneal info and the golfers who are participating here Monday.
Further information about the charities, as well as the Hundred Hole Hike, is also available on the website.
The 10 golfers coming to Ballyneal and the charities or institutions they’ve designated for their pledges are:
Brian Carruthers, University of Colorado Foundation/Edward P. Kelbel Scholarship Memorial Fund.
Jim Colton, Craig Hospital Foundation.
Doug Wright, SungateKids.
John Penny, National MS Society.
Jon Miller, Operation Smile.
Matt Schulte, Fostering Hope Foundation.
Mitch Ehly, American Diabetes Association.
Rob Miller, Operation Smile.
Rob Rigg, Evans Scholars Foundation.
Wyatt Halliday, ThriveWell Cancer Foundation, San Antonio 1000 Cancer Genome Project.
Community welcome to watch Monday
Payne said the community is welcome to head out to Ballyneal Monday to watch over 1,000 golf holes being played.
A barbecue lunch is available for a minimal cost from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Holyoke Enterprise June 21, 2012