Local Golf Professionals Play 100 Holes in One Day for Special Olympics

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Preston Hite, Danny Daguanno & Jay LarscheidJay Larscheid of Longbow Golf Club, and three golf professionals from Eagle Mountain Golf Club, Jeremy Hayman, Steve Nichols and Robb Palmgren, joined 37 other golf professionals from the Southwest Section PGA (SWSPGA) to raise funds for Arizona Special Olympics by playing 100 holes of golf in one day on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. The SWSPGA created the program to assist its golf professionals in fundraising efforts for local charities. This year, the 40 professionals who participated in the 100-hole event raised a combined $125,506, with Larscheid, Hayman, Nichols and Palmgren accounting for $9,236 of the total amount.

Details of the fundraising program:

  • Each PGA Professional pledged $1 per hole to support his/her own effort.
  • The PGA Professional then solicited per-hole pledges for the 100 holes played. 
  • Various sponsors included club members, friends, family, vendors and daily guests. 
  • Those electing to pledge simply visited the website of their professional, selected the amount per hole and paid with a credit card.
  • The PGA Professionals played 100 holes of golf on his/her home course.
  • Proceeds from the event support Special Olympics Arizona and the SWSPGA Foundation.

At Longbow Golf Club, it took Jay Larscheid 9 hours and 17 minutes to play the 100 holes.

“It certainly is a lot of golf in one day, but luckily I managed to keep the ball in play all day long,” said Larscheid. “It’s just a pleasure for me to earn funds for the Special Olympics by doing something that I love. A sincere thank you goes out to all that sponsored this effort. See you next year.”

Jeremy Hayman, two special olympians, Steve Nichols & Robb Palmgren

With the generosity of Larscheid’s sponsors, he was able to personally raise $5,400 for Special Olympics and SWSPGA Foundation.

Three other golf professionals from the OB Sports family, Jeremy Hayman, Steve Nichols and Robb Palmgren, played 100 holes each at their home course, Eagle Mountain Golf Club. Together they raised $3,775 for the causes.  

“This is my second year participating in the fundraising efforts, and God willing, I’ll be doing the same thing next year,” said Hayman. “Thanks to my sponsors, we were able to do our part to continue the great tradition of friendly competition that the Special Olympics pioneered many years ago.” 

Larscheid, Hayman, Palmgren and Nichols, by the numbers:


Jay Larscheid

Jeremy Hayman

Robb Palmgren

Steve Nichols

Round 1

72

76

85

79

Round 2

75

72

76

79

Round 3

75

70

82

75

Round 4

73

70

82

79

Round 5

78

75

83

78

10 hole finale

41

38

45

43

Total strokes

414

401

453

433

Total yards

38,875

37,959

37,959

37,959

Total miles

22.2

21.57

21.57

21.57

Total time

9 hrs 17 min

12 hrs 15 min

12 hrs 15 min

12 hrs 15 min

Donations Raised

$5,400

$2,786

$500

$550

High temperature

95

95

95

95

Total holes played

100

100

100

100

Click here to view all participants on the Southwest Section PGA’s Fundraising Leaderboard.

Longbow Golf Club and Business Park is a 330-acre, mixed-use commercial development that incorporates office, light industrial, retail and hotel uses surrounded by desert vegetation and a main street transportation design and features the award-winning Longbow Golf Club. Longbow Golf Club features a 7,003-yard Ken Kavanaugh-designed golf course that was recently ranked as one of the “Top 100 Resort Courses in The Country” by Golfweek magazine for 2009. Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, LLC is a Phoenix-based commercial real estate services company that provides investment, development and communications consulting to corporate real estate clients in Arizona and the Southwest. For more information about Longbow Golf Club visit www.longbowgolf.com, call 480.807.5400 or become a fan of Longbow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/longbowgolfclub, or follow Longbow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/longbowgolfclub.

Shortly after opening to the public in 1996, Eagle Mountain Golf Club was named “Best New Public Golf Course” by the Arizona Republic. More recently in 2009, Golf World honored Eagle Mountain as one of the “Top 50 Public Courses in the Country,” and Golf Digest awarded Eagle Mountain with 4 ½ stars out of 5. Eagle Mountain Golf Club is located in Fountain Hills, Ariz., adjacent to Scottsdale. The Scott Miller-designed, 18-hole golf course (par 71 and 6,800 yards from the back tees) is perched high in the mountains resulting in dramatic views of the Valley below. The golf course weaves its way around these mountain peaks and through natural box canyons to provide a dramatic Sonoran Desert golf experience. To learn more about Eagle Mountain Golf Club visit www.eaglemtn.com, call (480) 816-1234, follow Eagle Mountain on Twitter at www.twitter.com/eaglemtngolf or become a fan of Eagle Mountain on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eaglemountaingolf

Longbow and Eagle Mountain Golf Clubs are managed Scottsdale-based OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success. OB Sports currently manages 30 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information about OB Sports Golf Management, visit www.obsports.com, call 480.948.1300, become a Fan of OB Sports on Facebook at www.facebook.com/obsports or follow OB Sports on Twitter: www.twitter.com/OBSportsGolf.

 

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