Two days after the HHH and I'm feeling pretty good. I walked 108 holes on Monday at Flossmoor to benefit Els for Autism. It was quite a day. I managed fairly well until the fifth round and then really started feeling it. The sixth round was quite a grind but I was able to make it to 108 which was my goal at the beginning of the day.
I was feeling pretty lousy at the end of the day packing up my gear. I played poorly the entire day. I had a hard time adjusting to playing at a pace faster than I normally would, the half set of clubs gave me problems, and the wind didn't help scoring conditions (though it did help stay cool on a 95 degree day). On the ride home, I cranked up the AC and took in some more water and started feeling better. I realized I was hungry so I stopped at the oasis off the interstate on my way home to get some McDonald's. I dreaded parking the car to make the walk inside the oasis and was probably happier than anyone else ever at that oasis to discover that there was a drive-through available. I got some food, cooled off while I drove and was feeling better when I got home. A bath, some Advil, massage from the wife and some hard sleep had me feeling much better the next day than I ever thought I would.
Quite a bit of thanks is in order: Thanks to Flossmoor CC and the membership for allowing us to take over their course for literally a full day so we'd have somewhere to accomplish our goals. Thanks to Jim Colton for starting up One Divot and organizing the HHH. I know it has taken a ton of time and I'm very appreciative of all his efforts. Thanks for all of my family and friends who contributed to help support my cause. The words of encouragement and overall support has been great. Thanks to my wife Natalie and daughters Alysiana and Olivia for putting up with me while I trained for the event. Thanks also to all of the great sponsors who donated golf gear and supplies for the hike. Thanks to the other hikers for being an inspiration and for all of the ideas and coordination of the logistics. And thanks to my two caddies for the day, Jim Colton and my brother Jim who each had a harder job than I did probably lugging a bag while I just walked alongside.
There is still time to give, and I hope that you will join me in supporting Els for Autism by clicking on the 'Pledge to this Golfer' box below.
Congrats to all of the Flossmoor Hikers and good luck to all hikers participating at later dates!!
SCORING AVG: 88.2
VS. PAR: +97
BEST BALL: 75
WORST BALL: 108
|Round One in the books - 6:46 AM|
|Round Three completed, still smiling - 10:39 AM|
|One of a dozen or so lies up against the jagged bunker lips at Flossmoor CC|
|Site of second caddie/player dustup. Jim C recommended going at the green instead of punching out. He was right!|
|Brother Jim showed up on hole #93 and harkened back to his experiences caddying at Black Sheep|
|A Hundred Holes Hiked - 10th green, 5:02 PM|
|The beautiful 3rd hole at Flossmoor CC, and proof of hitting one of 20 out of 84 fairways|
|Trudging up the 108th hole. Not pretty.|
|Chipping on the final hole, desperately hoping to make a par on #9|
|Success! Holing out on 108th hole, exactly 6:00 PM|