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Head golf professionals at three of ClubCorp’s Hilton Head, S.C. clubs competed in a golf marathon on November 7, 2012, playing as many holes as possible to support The First Tee.

Play began at 7:30 a.m. for Chip Pellerin, head golf pro at The Country Club of Hilton Head; Lance Buntin, head golf pro at The Golf Club at Indigo Run; Jeremy Steiner, head golf pro at Golden Bear Golf Club and Dan Riker, general manager of The Golf Club at Indigo Run and Golden Bear Golf Club. By the time they decided to break for lunch, the group had already completed 72 holes in under 5 hours!

The team accepted pledges and donations for every hole they played throughout the day. And although the golf marathon concluded that day, the pros plan to continue their campaign at their respective Clubs.

“Golf has a long history of giving back and we are proud to be a part of the impact of The First Tee,” said Pellerin. “The movement is spreading across the nation and young people truly benefit from the training and core values they receive. As golf professionals we are showing our support by raising awareness through this and other initiatives at our Clubs and in the community.”

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has been able to impact more than 6.5 million young people through a network that boasts 194 chapters offering programs at more than 700 golf facilities, 4,800 elementary schools and 120 U.S. military installations. Through 2017, The First Tee’s goal is to reach 10 million additional young people and grow the network to 1,200 golf facilities, 10,000 elementary schools and 350 other youth-serving locations. Programs such as the golf marathon in Hilton Head, will help make this goal a reality.

The amount raised is still being tabulated since the generous donations are still coming in to all the Clubs. Thank you to all who participated!

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Is there such a thing as too much golf for one day?

Not according to three adventurous Employee Partners at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, who took to the courses for an entire day to raise money for The First Tee.

Aurora Kircher-McClain, director of the Golf Advantage School at Kingwood; Heath Martin, head golf professional at Kingwood and general manager of the Deerwood Club; and Darrell Funston, director of golf at Kingwood, spent a little more than 12 hours in one day playing every hole of golf at Kingwood, all 90 of them, plus playing 10 holes twice to reach that commendable benchmark of 100 holes.

The three of them started their day off bright and early at 7 a.m. and finished at 7:30 p.m. There was a lot of support for them on the course, coming from the monetary donations made by Members and fellow Employee Partners, and from the food and beverage staff at Kingwood who made sure the trio always stayed nourished and hydrated. Finally, when the trio got to the 100th and final hole, there was a whole crowd of supporters cheering them on as they finished their quest.

The First Tee is an international youth development organization with school and after-school programs that focus on instilling values such as integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. According to The First Tee, they have reached 6.5 million participants since their inception in 1997.

Their work is largely made possible through private donations such as those raised by the event at Kingwood.

Thank you to all those who donated and to the trio who made it through the day smiling!

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