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New event brings new faces and donors to a great cause: Grand Rapids youth

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Duane Shore and Dan Bury were the first to complete 100 holes of golf, and they did it in 9 hours!

Duane Shore and Dan Bury were the first to complete 100 holes of golf, and they did it in 9 hours! /Sara Schneider

Rockford golfer comes to show support for Boys & Girls Clubs!

Rockford golfer comes to show support for Boys & Girls Clubs! /Sara Schneider

Board Member and golfer J.K. Symancyk tallies his rounds.

Board Member and golfer J.K. Symancyk tallies his rounds. /Sara Schneider

With 28 golfers and 10 straight hours of golfing, Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth (BGCGRYC) was able to raise over $12,000 to aid in providing positive academic programming for Grand Rapids’ youth.
The 100 Holes Challenge started at 6:15am on June 14th at Sunnybrook Country Club located in Grandville and was made possible by a dedicated team of staff, committee members, volunteers, sponsors, and golfers. There were 28 golfers who accepted the challenge of golfing 100 holes in one day, and eight golfers defeated the challenge by late afternoon.  Local golf enthusiast Duane Shore and committee member Dan Bury were the first golfers to reach 100, and they did it by 3:30pm!
“I’d like to actually see the course,” Shore commented during an interview with Fox 17’s Tim Doty, who also partcipated as a golfer. “It was kind of a blur going around here. I didn’t get a chance to even look around; you just grab a club and hit it.”
Shore was not the only golfer who was racing to reach the 100 hole mark. BGCGRYC’s Board Member, J.K. Symancyk, and his golfing partner, Tom Williams, ended their day with 108 holes, claiming the title of Most Holes Played in one day. Some golfers even returned to the course after the awards ceremony that happened at 5pm.
“The event went really well, and it was great to see all the golfers and committee members out there supporting Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Sarah Navis, Special Events Coordinator at BGCGRYC. “I enjoyed carting alongside some of the golfers to watch them complete their 100th hole and am actually surprised with the number of golfers who completed 100 holes. I am really excited to help out with next year’s event and I hope to see these golfers again in 2011.”
For the first time, the 100 Holes Challenge was a great success, bringing in 25 new faces and countless new donors to the organization. BGCGRYC has already started to plan for next year’s challenge and is looking for volunteers who would like to serve on the planning committee as well as golfers who want to join the 100 Holes Challenge All Stars. For more information, contact Sarah Navis at [email protected].
Check out great photos from the event from BGCGRYC Marketing Coordinator, Sara Schneider:
See FOX 17 coverage on our Facebook page:
Aaron Walker, Alonzo McCully, Bob Chesley, Brendan Kelly, Christopher, Veldman, Dan Bury, Darryl Wilson, Duane Shore, Gregg Bammer, J.K. Symancyk, James Crysler, Jason Loosenort, Jeff Smith, Joe Baker, Joe Klein, Kirby Watson, Michael Harris, Rob Hogerwerf, Robert Perry, Ryan Davis,  Sarah Anderson, Scott Embree, Sean O’Toole, Tim See, Tim Doty, Tom Williams, Tom Michael, and Zach Bergman
Supporting Sponsors: 
Fox 17, Hilton, Taco Bell, West Michigan Whitecaps, Natural Choice Chiropractic & Massage Therapy, Sunnybrook Country Club, Panera Breaad,, Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille, Douglas J Companies, CostCo, and Horrocks Market
Committee Members:
Dan Bury, Mary Manier, Kate Witzler, Jennifer Hogoboom, Dustin Yoder, Ron Van Surksum, Sarah Navis, Sara Schneider
Nancy Schondelmayer, Daniel Bury
Staff/Board Members:
Mike Remo, Michelle Lewis, Katie Sytsema, and Chief Kevin Belk
Article written by Phil Bunce and Sara Schneider.

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