Friday, November 11, 2011

Myrtle Beach Golf Marathon



Could you play eleven rounds (198 holes) of golf in one day? Let's face it, most of us probably couldn't play eleven rounds of golf in a three day weekend. Ha ha. Oh, but we can dream! Just imagine it... eleven rounds in one day. In reality, most of us would not stand a chance!

Even though we all think that we are scratch golfers (ha ha) it would be difficult, to say the least, for us to keep up with Mark Chapman. This evening Mark successfully completed eleven rounds of golf in eleven hours in honor of Veteran's Day.

The golf marathon was held at Waterway Hills Golf Club in Myrtle Beach and benefited the Wounded Warrior Project and Salute Military Golf Association.

Thank you Mark for your years of service and dedication in the Air Force and thank you for raising awareness and donations for such a worthy cause!

Official Press Release


AIR FORCE VETERAN COMPLETES 11 ROUNDS OF GOLF ON 11-11-11 IN 11 HOURS IN MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. IN HONOR OF VETERANS DAY


Veteran Also Pursuing a Golf Career at the Golf Academy of America

November 11, 2011, Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Mark Chapman, a 21-year Air Force veteran and current student at Golf Academy of America (GAA), successfully completed playing 11 rounds of golf in 11 hours in honor of Veteran’s Day. Chapman completed all 11 rounds in a time of 10 hours, 19 minutes and eight seconds. The 11-round attempt took place at Waterway Hills Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Proceeds from the event will support the Wounded Warrior Project and Salute Military Golf Association.

“What an amazing day, 198 holes in less than 11 hours, I’m exhausted, yet exhilarated,” said Chapman, who was doused with champagne from GAA classmates after finishing the final hole. “When it got tough out there, I thought of all the men and women who I served with in Iraq and Afghanistan and realized that they had it a lot harder than me today. These 11 rounds were for them.”

Chapman’s military career spanned numerous military campaigns including Operation Iraqi Freedom and he is a recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Chapman began the 11 rounds of golf at 6:28 a.m. and he completed the final and 198th hole at 4:47 p.m., 29 minutes before the scheduled sunset time of 5:16 p.m. The elapsed time included shorts breaks and opportunities to accommodate media interviews throughout the day. The scores of the 11 rounds were: 86; 91; 96; 99; 98; 92; 93; 86; 81; 90; 82; for a total score of 994. The total score produced an average of 90.3 per round. The 198-hole scoring breakdown included four birdies; 53 pars; 90 bogeys; 40 double bogeys; seven triple bogeys; three quadruple bogeys and one score of 10. Chapman used only seven clubs to complete the 11 rounds including: driver; 3-wood; hybrid; 7-iron, two wedges and a putter.

Waterway Hills is a 27-hole facility, so Chapman will played the facility’s Oaks Nine course 22 times to equal 11 rounds of golf. He played from the members tees which measured 3,080 yards for nine holes which translated to 6,160 yards for each 18-hole round. The 11 rounds equated to 67,760 yards of golf, or 38.5 miles. Chapman used a special E-Z-Go golf cart which could for transportation throughout the 11 rounds.

The event was supported by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the non-profit marketing cooperative and Myrtle Beach National whose golf course hosted the 11-11-11 golf marathon.

Golf Academy of America (GAA) is the largest and longest-running two-year golf career college in the world and prepares graduates for a wide array of golf career opportunities in the $76 billion a year industry. GAA offers a comprehensive curriculum of golf instruction and business management and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and a comprehensive understanding of both the game and the business of golf.

The GAA boasts an exceptional career placement record for graduates from its campuses located in San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando and Myrtle Beach for opportunities including: golf teaching professionals, tournament organizers, club managers and owners, golf manufacturing representatives, product development specialists and golf professionals at golf-related companies, among many other golf career options.

For more information about Golf Academy of America call (800) 342-7342 or visit www.GolfAcademy.edu.

About Golf Academy of America

Golf Academy of America (formerly the San Diego Golf Academy) is the largest and longest-running two-year golf college in the world. Golf Academy of America’s 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and comprehensive understanding of both the game and the business of golf. Campuses are located in San Diego, Phoenix, Orlando and Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 800-342-7342 or visit www.GolfAcademy.edu. The schools are owned and operated by the Education Corporation of America, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Visit www.ECAColleges.com for more information.

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