Trio golfs 54 holes in Craig to raise money for Young Life
Steve Herman could see himself in a marathon golf tournament again.
If the cause was worthwhile.
Herman, along with teammates Dave Peterson and Bob Markham, could be found from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course during the third annual Bear River Young Life Golf Tournament.
The trio not only golfed 18 holes during the tournament, but went on for two more rounds, to bring their total to 54 holes per player.
“It wasn’t as tough as I was expecting it to be,” Herman said. “We started golfing at 7 a.m., and didn’t finish until 6:30 or 7 p.m. It was a lot of golf for one day.
“It was definitely something I enjoyed. It was going to a good cause, so it was easy to keep going.”
The trio was able to raise a significant portion of the more than $5,000 raised during the tournament.
“We were able to raise $3,800 between just three guys,” Peterson said. “Almost all of that was from our sponsors. I had a couple people donate (large amounts of) money, but for the most part, that came from donations between 25 cents and $2.50.”
The idea to have a marathon golf day came from the trio and David Pressgrove, Bear River Young Life area director.
“Dave (Pressgrove) asked me about possibly doing something like a marathon for his tournament,” Peterson said.
Peterson said the way they raised donations, by having people pledge a small amount of money per hole, was an easier way to accumulate money.
“I like the fact that it’s a great fundraiser,” he said. “For me, it was easier to ask someone to donate 50 cents per hole than ask for $200, $400 at once.
“It’s easier to go hole-for-hole than ask for one lump sum.”
As for the golf, Peterson and Herman said the quality dipped as the day went on.
“It was great,” Herman said. “Except for my last nine holes.”
The trio of Markham, Herman and Peterson had success on their first 18 holes, which counted towards the tournament score.
The team shot a gross score of 61 and a net score of 51.
For both Peterson and Herman, their first rounds in the best-ball tournament were the best, but the mental and physical wear from the 36 holes took their toll.
“I shot a 92 on my second 18,” Peterson said. “I shot 100 on my last 18. I had a pretty tough last nine.
“By that time, I’d hit a lot of balls and was getting tired. I think by that point, I’d been out there for 10 hours.”
While he wasn’t too sore physically, the 54 holes were draining in another way, Peterson said.
“It was nothing too hard,” he said. “But, it is mentally tiring playing that many holes. You keep going because you know that at the end of the day, it’s going towards a good cause.”
On his second round, Herman shot a 91, and on his last 18, he shot a 95.
“It wasn’t outstanding,” he said. “But, after all, we were tired after swinging a golf club all day.”
Herman said a couple tablets of ibuprofen and the thought that every hole counted towards something grander were all he needed to get through his last 18.
“You start to think that any amount of money helps Young Life move forward,” he said. “When you consider everything they do in the community, it made it pretty easy.”