Playing 14 rounds of non-stop golf (252 holes) is enough to “drive” anyone to hibernate for a week.
But not Brady Henderson – he was back on the course within two days, despite the aches and pains.
Henderson, assistant professional at Fairview Mountain Golf Club, recently teamed up with staff member Thierry Martine to raise more than $5,700 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. It was all part of the annual BC Golfathon for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that results in muscle weakness.
From dawn to dusk, Henderson and Martine played fast and hard to raise as much money as possible. It was hit-and-go the whole way, with only a few snack and bathroom breaks here and there.
“It was fun for such a good cause,” Henderson said.
He noted the support system they had during the golfing marathon was unbelievable. For example, they had people fixing all of their divots.
Henderson admitted there were times he felt like stopping, but he pushed on.
Martine said there were so many people counting on them that they ignored the mental toll the event took on their minds.
He noted the golfathon really hit home for them because they know a couple of people affected by ALS.
Martine said if not for the support they were given along the way, they wouldn’t have finished half the rounds they completed. They were treated like royalty, he pointed out.
Martine said he and Henderson made some incredible putts such as 50-foot eagles.
Overall, it took the duo 17 hours and 10 minutes to complete the event. This worked out to an average of 73 minutes per round and four minutes per hole.
Henderson recorded 987 strokes, with an average score of 70.3. Martine recorded 956 strokes, with an average score of 68.3.
They had 134 birdies and three eagles.
When asked about next year, Martine said he was confident they could break their record.