This is not what a relaxing holiday round of golf looks like. But Carl Meyer's 180 holes over 16 hours and 35 minutes once again raised funds for a great cause, Hire Heroes USA.
The Merton man's annual quest to golf 100 holes for charity featured 873 strokes, an over-par average of 16.3 strokes, 57 pars, four birdies and 77 bogeys. Playing at Chenequa Country Club, Meyer's eighth and ninth rounds of golf produced his best scores (84), and his first and fourth round yielded his high scores (91). He officially teed off at 4:09 a.m. and called it a day at 8:44 p.m.
It was Meyer's 10th year raising money for the organization that seeks to connect U.S. military veterans with civilian jobs.
Meyer said the highlight of his day was spending time on the course with retired Staff Sgt. John Matter and Erin Kuhlmann from Hire Heroes USA.
In Meyer's ninth round, he drove a tee shot on the 500-yard fourth hole to the top of a hill and put a three-wood on the green in two. He just missed the eagle putt and tapped in for birdie. The three-wood, he said, is the least-used club in his bag.
Meyer broke his own record last year with 162 holes and has cumulatively raised more than $650,000 for the charity.