For the fourteenth consecutive year, Indiana Golf Office Executive Director, Mike David, and Tournament Director, Todd DeHaven, completed their annual Playing Marathon to raise money for The Indiana Golf Foundation and The First Tee of Indiana. The pair completed 108 holes at Harrison Lake Country Club in Columbus. Their efforts will raise over $13,000 for the IGF and The First Tee of Indiana.
"We used to do 10 rounds in one day so only playing six is really pretty easy,” said DeHaven. "The weather this year was perfect. When we played 10 rounds you had to play mid-summer in order to have enough daylight and we had some really hot days.”
The pair, who played golf together at Ball State University, always have some friendly side bets to keep the day interesting. "We pretty much putt everything out,” said David. "We are way too competitive to give the other guy much of a break.”
Now that the Indiana Golf Foundation has taken over administrative responsibilities for The First Tee of Indiana, fundraising has become even more important. The First Tee of Indiana currently has programming being offered in Indianapolis and Richmond but will soon add four additional communities around the state. By the end of 2014 the goal is to have The First Tee programming in at least 10 Indiana communities.
"We are excited to have The First Tee of Indiana under our umbrella but it has created more of a need for annual fundraising dollars,” said David. "The Marathon is just a small part of what we are trying to do on an annual basis. What the Marathon does do for us is provide some exposure for the various junior golf programs we are offering.”