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Nationwide golf marathon a success for GAA

Dec 20, 2011

Mark Chapman

A celebration of Veteran's Day on 11/11/11 by Golf Academy of America was highlighted by a 21-year student and Air Force veteran who played 11 rounds of golf in less than 11 hours at Waterway Hills Golf Club in Myrtle Beach.

Other all-day golf events were held in cities where GAA campuses are located: Orlando, Dallas, Phoenix and San Diego. All five events raised money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs to wounded soldiers and caregivers designed to nurture mind and body and encourage economic empowerment.

GAA Myrtle Beach student Mark Chapman Chapman's 11-round journey started at 6:28 a.m. and concluded when he holed out on the 198th hole at 4:47 p.m., in an official time of 10 hours, 18 minutes and nine seconds. Chapman scored 994 for the 11 rounds, an average of 90.3 per round. His fastest 18-hole round was played in a mere 36 minutes. He used six clubs (driver, hybrid, 7-iron, two wedges and a putter) and used an E-Z-GO golf cart for transportation throughout the day.

Mark Chapman cools off after his 11 rounds.

At the other GAA locations, each campus fielded a foursome composed of students who were military veterans or GAA employees. Each foursome played golf for 11 hours, 11 minutes and 11 seconds on 11-11-11. Participants were:

Orlando: Ryan Patterson (Navy); Vic Smith (Air Force); Dustin Stearns (Air Force); and Steve Sullivan (Air Force).

Dallas: GAA campus director Greg Gossett; Michael Saunders (Navy); GAA staff member John Keriazakos; and GAA graduate and admissions representative Kevin Kretkovics.

Phoenix: Josh Anders (Army); Gerald Bohl (Air Force); Vincent Green (Army); and Robert Wilcox (Navy).

San Diego: Joseph Brown (Navy); Michael Farabee (Marine Corps); Cole Lafferty (Navy); and John Thomas (Navy).

Cumulatively, among 17 players nationwide, GAA students, staff and military veterans played 929 holes.

Among the many media outlets reporting on the GAA golf marathon were Orlando Sentinel and WPDE-TV.