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Hundred Hole Hike
Updated: Thursday, September 12 2013, 08:52 PM EDT
By Jon Rudder
DOVER, Ohio - The Hundred Hole Hike, completing 100 holes of golf, walking, in a single day, was a challenge that two men from Dover took up to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Josh Carlisle and Nathan Stambaugh first heard of the Hundred Hole Hike a few years ago when a golfer attempted to raise money for one of his caddies whocouldn't work.
Stambaugh and Carlisle then decided they would go on a hike of their own to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters, where they are both board members.
Rain aside, they were toughing it out doing everything they could to walk 100 holes in a little more than 12 hours.
Starting at dawn, Carlisle and Stambaugh started counting the strokes toward their goal of $20,000 forced a bit of a delay,but it didn't deter the pair from setting out to accomplish their goal.
"We started at 6:46 a.m. this morning, got the first 18 in about an hour and 50 minutes," Carlisle said. "Then, we took about a five-minute break in between, changed shoes and then got out there on 13 and the skies opened up."
Combining a sport they love, golf, with a organization they believe in seemed like a perfect way to roll out a hole in one.
"It kind of just sunk it that, man, we're trying to play 100 holes," Carlisle said. "It's probably about 30-35 miles of walking. From here, it's like us walking from here to Akron-Canton airport, hitting a golf ball."
When NEWS9 caught up with them, they had finished 36 holes and were making the turn to start again. Securing donations in a number of ways, whether it be a birdie, a par or a number of holes completed, the pair had already secured around $17,000 by 11 a.m.
"While I was walking down the fairway, I got an email that mentioned a pledge," Stambaugh said. "I don't even know who the person was, but it was a generous amount and it's just exciting. It's exhilarating. It's kind of pushing us towards this."
Whether you drive for show or putt for dough, through driving rain and sunshine, these two men are hitting the links for one reason.
"I think it's just another piece of the story," Carlisle said.
"We've got a hundred-hole goal in mind and it got to the point where we couldn't play at all," Stambaugh said. "You know, here we go, we're gonna go and almost run if we have to. I think we're both pretty stubborn to get there."