TRAVERSE CITY — The Hundred Hole Hike turned into a 117 Hole Hike.
That’s when Andrew Chapman, playing in a one-man fundraiser Saturday at Traverse City Golf and Country Club, decided to end it.
“There was still plenty of daylight left, but my left foot wasn’t playing any more golf,” the 34-year-old Traverse City resident said. “I had a blister and it was getting worse with every step I took.”
Chapman, the 2013 Michigan Amateur champion, was participating in a fundraising program called the Hundred Hole Hike, where golfers play 100 holes in a single day — without a cart — in order to raise money for a charity. Chapman’s goal was 141 holes, the number of holes it took him to win the Amateur.
“I was disappointed in one sense,” he said of reaching 117. “But I went into it thinking if I could get a few holes past 100 that would be great — and I played almost another 18-hole round (after 100).”
Even better, the fundraiser netted more than $20,000 for the Traverse City Junior Golf Association (TCJGA).
“We don’t have the final numbers in yet — there’s a little flexibility with pledges — but we’re going to be north of $20,000,” Chapman, a TCJGA board member, said. “I’m very excited about that. It was a privilege to do it for a very good cause.
“Everybody’s played in a million golf outings to raise money for XYZ charity. This was a way to do something a little different in hopes it would drive some more participation and sponsorship for a cause that’s near and dear to me.”
Bob Lober, TCJGA executive director, called it a “very special” day.
“Andrew Chapman is a good person, one who really cares about junior golf, kids, and what we’re trying to do,” he said. “He came up through junior golf. He knows how much it meant to his life. He’s turning that around and doing something special in Traverse City for our kids.