Three years ago when Dirk Hartman was a golf instructor at Club of Shadow Hills in Pittsburgh, Pa., he ventured on an all-day golf excursion.
Saturday, the golf pro at Tri-County Country Club will do the madness one more time to raise money for the American Humane Society. Hartman's goal is to play 200 holes of golf and will start the marathon at 4:45 a.m. Joining Hartman will be Tri-County members Justin Young, Neil Young and Josh White.
"We go all day," Hartman said. "Each of us will have our own cart and there will be a ranger ahead of us to tell the groups ahead that we are coming through. When golfers check in for the day, the pro shop will tell the golfers what's going on."
Hartman predicts he will be on the links for 17 hours. The foursome will have coolers with them so they can eat along the way. If Hartman can play 200 holes, he will raise more than $10,000. The big sponsors have come from J.C. Seneca (owner of Native Pride and Armor Inn), Tom Daniels (owner of Tom's Restaurant and Sunset Grill) and Tony Borrello (owner of Sunset Bay restaurant and?Pro Oil).
With weather not expected to be an issue, Hartman said the only obstacle will be hitting a few bad shots.
"It's not like we have bad golfers," Hartman said. "It can get frustrating when you hit a bad hole or put it in the water - that takes away time."
Hartman noted it is usually a thrill for the members playing that day as they let Hartman play through.
"Everyone is real excited," he said. "Everyone wants to time us to see when we come through again. We usually lap them three times."
A bake sale will also take place which was set up by Hartman's daughter, Mackenzie.
"This is her senior project, he said. "The goal is just to raise money and help my daughter get an A. We want to spread the word of Tri County and what a close-knit family we have here."