TRAVERSE CITY — Mark Twain described golf as a good walk spoiled.
Andrew Chapman is taking that to the extreme — minus the spoiled part, of course.
The Traverse City resident and 2013 Michigan Amateur champion will attempt to play 141 holes of golf Saturday at the Traverse City Golf and Country Club for his charity of choice — the Traverse City Junior Golf Association.
The feat is part of a growing effort called the Hundred Hole Hike, where golfers play 100 holes in a single day in order to raise money for charities. It started when a golfer at a Colorado club raised money to help a caddie who was paralyzed in a skiing accident.
“I’m sure I’ll be sore on Sunday,” Chapman said. “But it’s for a good cause.”
Oh, and Hundred Hole Hike requires participants to walk the whole course. No carts.
“I’ve got three or four pairs of golf shoes that’ll be ready to go Saturday morning,” Chapman joked.
As the name implies, golfers shoot for at least 100 holes of golf. Chapman is shooting for 141 — the same number of holes he played en route to winning last year’s Michigan Amateur.
“I think it’d be crazy to get to that number,” Chapman said. “But I figure if you’re going to try to play 100 holes in one day, why not pick a number that’s way out there. Anything over 100 will be great, but if I even got close to 141, that would be the icing on the cake.”
There are several options for people to donate to the effort.
“There’s a couple different ways you can do it,” Chapman said. “A lot of people have done per hole. You can also do a lump sum. Some people have thrown in special bonuses for birdies or eagles. A hole-in-one would be great. I’ve never had one, but if I make a hole-in-one Saturday, that’ll raise a little extra money for our cause.”