“100 holes of golf in one day? You’ve got to be joking!”
That was my first response, but what an incredible success with around $20,000 raised for the development of the YWAM Newcastle Warehouse Facility for the youth of the city! The 100 hole golf marathon was definitely an amazing experience and such an honour to be part of.
It was quite a surreal moment before the sun came up, as 16 golf carts, with golfers and caddies, tore off to their first tee for the ‘shotgun’ start. It was non-stop all day. Lunch was delivered to the golfers on-the-go, we had 24 golf balls each to save time looking in the bush for lost balls. Then there were the YWAM volunteer caddies who kept an eye out for the ball and were an amazing encouragement to make it to the 100th tee.
Throughout the day I was still getting sponsors
as I posted my progress on Facebook and Instagram. One of my sponsors actually had to clarify that he was sponsoring me per hole, not per shot, that might have sent him broke!
I was truly impressed with Jack Narvel’s organisation of the whole event and I believe he and Jan have pioneered a new way for YWAM Newcastle to raise finances for what God is doing through them in the city. This kind of event is so unique and definitely engages a different demographic to any other that YWAM would come in contact with. With NBN television coverage, corporate and personal sponsors, and the new connections with Shortland Waters Golf Course, the golf marathon has increased community and corporate relationships and made way for this event and others to continue each year.
I can’t wait for the 2014 YWAM 100 hole golf Marathon!