100 holes, 16 hours, one charitable cause

Temperatures in the Twin Cities on Monday approached 100 degrees. Through the heat and humidity, Ryan Mathre still managed to golf 100 holes.

In one day.

While walking all 100 holes — no cart.

It was a challenge that Mathre, a public relations professional, took on in part because he “thought it would be fun.” But he also did so to raise money for a local charity in Stillwater, Minn., where played his 100 holes Monday.

Using mainly social media platforms to promote his cause, Mathre has raised more than $1,200 for Valley Outreach, a food shelf that serves the St. Croix Valley community. Those who made pledges could choose to donate a lump sum or give a certain amount for each hole Mathre golfed.

The genesis of the 100-hole day came from a network of golf marathons called Hundred Hole Hike, which began last year and urges participants to do what Mathre did: walk 100 holes in one day for charitable purposes. According to the organization’s website (www.hundredholehike.com), the Hundred Hole Hike was formed after golfer Jim Colton played 155 holes in one day last year to raise money for a caddie at his home course who was paralyzed in a skiing accident.

“This year, he kind of wanted to invite other people to do it, as well,” Mathre said. “It’s kind of a nationwide thing. I think I’m the only person in Minnesota who did it, but there are people all over.”

Mathre’s day Monday began before the hot summer sun was awake. He was up 4:15 a.m., giving him enough time to get ready for his first swing of the day at 5 a.m. at the Stillwater Country Club. At that early hour, no other golfers were on the course, which allowed Mathre to cruise along at his own brisk pace and finish his first 18 holes in less than two hours.

As golfers started to make their way to the course, his rounds slowed down a bit, but Mathre said he was still averaging around 2-1/2 hours per round later in the day. The record-setting temperatures were a bit of a mixed blessing for Mathre, as they helped keep some golfers away from the course.

“The weather was not good, but the good part about it was there wasn’t anyone on the course,” Mathre said. “I pretty much had the course to myself, so that was good. Definitely, a little cooler weather would have made it much easier.”

After carrying his bag for the first two rounds, Mathre took a break to shower before returning to the course, this time equipped with a push cart. He rested again after his fourth round — 72 holes, still 28 holes away from his goal — and again after round No. 5.

“My last 10 holes, I was really sore,” said Mathre, who carried his bag for the final stretch. “It took about two hours to get the last nine holes in because I was barely moving.”

Despite the oppressive heat, fatigue didn’t seem to set in for Marthe, a 4-handicap. On the par-72 course, Marthe shot rounds of 78, 80, 82, 77 and 78 before finishing 3 over during his last 10 holes. Marthe said he finished hole No. 100 around 8:48 p.m.

Almost 16 hours of golf, nearly 100-degree temperatures, 100 holes and over 400 strokes. Even for an avid golfer like Marthe, that’s enough to make him stay away from the course for a few days.

“I think my wife will require that,” he said with a laugh. “I think I’m good for at least a week or so.”

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