There's a commonly held sentiment amongst sports fans who don't watch golf, especially those that have never seen Dustin Johnson hit a tee shot. "Golfers aren't athletes." You've heard it, you've argued with your friends about it, and as untrue as it is it's tough to shake.
That accusation will never be made about Danie Steyn and Bill Boonn.
The Wall Street Journal had the story of Steyn, 29-year-old a golf instructor, and Boonn, a 41-year-old radiologist, spending a sunny day playing golf, something we can all relate to. But that's where the similarities stop.
They teed off at 5:26 a.m., and didn't stop playing golf until 6:46 p.m. In between? How about 153 holes without a cart, logging 83,592 steps. The eight and a half rounds required 45 miles of walking, the equivalent of almost two marathons.
And the pair played some decent golf, playing an alternate shot format that tallied 705 total shots, which comes to an average of about 83 per round.
They started off sharing a bag, jogging between every shot in their morning rounds. In the afternoon, they decided to carry just two clubs each, splitting a 4-hybrid, 8-iron, sand wedge and putter.
The concept is one of the more unique ways to raise money for charity. Here's an exerpt from the full story:
The outing was part of a network of golf marathons called Hundred Hole Hike, in which people walk and play 100 or more holes in a day to raise money for a charity of their choice. For Steyn, that was the Junior League of Philadelphia. Boonn played for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The concept took root in 2011, when a Chicago banker named Jim Colton raised more than $110,000 by walking 155 holes in a day for a caddie who had been paralyzed in a ski accident. The following year, he started the charity that oversees the hikes. Now, they attract nearly 100 golfers per year. There have been hikes across the U.S. and a few in Canada, Scotland and Australia.
Do you think you could walk 100+ holes in one day? And if had to pick four clubs to do it with, would they be the same ones as Steyn and Boonn?