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Posted on April 18, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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ALAN WILKINSON OF New Haven, left, and John Curler of Middlebury ham it up for the 2015 Young Life 100 Hole Golf Marathon at Basin Harbor Club in Ferrisburgh. The two play in the fundraiser every year and collectively have raised over $20,000 for Addison County Young Life.

VERGENNES — Where can you play 100 holes of golf in one day, spend time with friends, maybe tee off with a tennis racquet, putt with a pool cue and walk away knowing you’ve helped make difference in the life of teenagers?

Addison County Young Life has the answer at Basin Harbor Club in Ferrisburgh on Monday, May 16.

For over a decade golfers have been setting aside one day every year to play in the Young Life 100 Hole Golf Marathon. The day starts with a 7 a.m. registration and breakfast on the Pro Shop porch. Each with their own golf cart, golfers are sent out in groups of two to begin 10 hours of golf. It’s not for the faint of heart, but there is tremendous satisfaction in being part of this one-of-a-kind golf fundraiser.

There is no fee for participating in the marathon. Golfers agree, however, to raise $750 in donations, and many exceed this commitment. Young Life will help golfers secure personal and corporate sponsors and will even help first-time marathon participants by raising the first $250. Young Life awards special prizes to top golf marathon fundraisers as an incentive for golfers to go above and beyond their fundraising goals.

As with everything Young Life, the 100 Hole Golf Marathon has high adventure, lots of fun, and great food. The golf is a healthy balance of competitive play and creative entertainment. Breakfast, lunch and a beautiful buffet dinner at Basin Harbor are enough for you to register now, but it’s the moments around the golf course — and the $5,000 putt and the $1,000,000 shot — that keeps everyone talking and eager to play the next year.

There are several opportunities for local businesses interested in sponsoring the event.

Young Life, a worldwide Christian outreach organization for teenagers, has been at work with young people in Addison County for the last 12 years — being available to middle-school and high-school students and providing fun, safe and comfortable gatherings, giving them the right to be heard, and communicating God’s love in terms the students can understand. Young Life is mainly a volunteer-led organization worldwide, and the work in Addison County is no exception.

More than a dozen Young Life volunteer leaders in Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes are currently reaching out to kids at all three of the high schools. Through weekly meetings called “club,” small groups, summer camps, weekend excursions and mentoring relationships, Young Life leaders build unconditional relationships with teenagers and model God’s love.

Find more information about Young Life and register for the 100 Hole Golf Tournament at www.addisoncounty.younglife.org.

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