(TUCSON, AZ) June 9 was a good day for a round of golf. It was an even better day for five and a half rounds of golf. Brad Engel, Preston Otte and Brad Volker, the golf professionals from Heritage Highlands Golf Club in Marana, teed off at 5:00 a.m. Despite not being completely awake and not being able to see their first tee shot at the crack of dawn, PGA Golf Day 2011 was underway.
PGA Golf Day was started by the Southwest Section of the PGA to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics of Arizona. Golf professionals throughout the Southwest Section have received donations for every hole they play on PGA Golf Day from their friends, family, co-workers and club members. The goal for each golf professional is to play 100 holes of golf in one day and raise $3000. Since its inception, PGA Golf Day has expanded to include five more PGA Sections across the country, with a goal to eventually include all forty-one sections.
This is the second year Heritage Highlands has participated in PGA Golf Day. The goal for the trio of professionals was to play each 18 hole round in 2 hours. As the day went on and the temperature rose, the pace of play slowed down slightly. With help and encouragement ranging from spectators to residents delivering snacks and drinks, the threesome was able to complete their marathon golf day thirteen and a half hours later at 6:30 p.m. “If you don’t stop playing and continue your momentum it’s not that difficult to play 100 holes in one day. Once your momentum is broken it’s time to go to sleep,” said Volker in regards to the physical demands of 100 holes of golf.
Raising $9000 as a group was the goal for the pros at Heritage Highlands. Currently they stand just short of $6000. Although their 100 holes have already been played, donations can still be made in the name of these three professionals at www.PGAGolfDay.com.