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Mark Shone has participated in a half marathon and regularly runs 5K races in the Bay Area of California. However, he was understandably suffering from a case of the “cold feet” five years ago after agreeing over a business lunch with a client and friend to a charity event that included 100 holes of golf in one day.
“It seemed pretty daunting, but a lot of people were doing it so I thought to myself ‘This is something I think can be accomplished,”’ says the 56-year-old partner in Allworth Financial. “But I’ll be honest, the first year was pretty scary, a little nerve-racking.”
In early June, Shone and a few of his buddies will be hopping on a plane to travel halfway across the country to Kohler, Wisconsin, as a way to celebrate their five-year participation in the Youth on Course 100 Hole Hike, a golf challenge that helps raise money to fund rounds for the nation’s young, aspiring golfers.
The Baths in Kohler is one of the event’s 11 Premier course locations in 2022, which also includes such iconic venues as Pinehurst and Pebble Beach. Those entering to play the Premier locations will be required to raise $10,000 instead of the normal $2,500 at the estimated 40 other nationwide courses. In addition to the 100 holes of golf on the course of your choice, many of which are par-3 courses, Premier participants will be provided lodging and another round at one of the award-winning courses at the top-end golf destinations.
“The purpose of the Hike is direct support to our program,” says Jeff Clark, chief development officer of Youth on Course and the point man for the unique charity drive. “Our Youth on Course model is so simple because it’s all about access, about letting kids experience all the magic that happens on a golf course. Kids show up and they pay $5…
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