This Veterans Day, 42-year-old Golf Academy of America student Mark Chapman will attempt to play 11 rounds of golf in 11 hours. The golf marathon will be held at Waterway Hills Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, and will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Salute Military Golf Association.
Chapman will begin playing his 11 rounds at sunrise at 6:43 a.m. on 11-11-11, and hopes to finish playing the 198 holes by sunset, or by 5:16 p.m. Chapman is a 21-year Air Force veteran and participated in several military campaigns including Operation Iraqi Freedom, and is a recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
In order to play 11 rounds on November 11, Chapman will need to play 18 holes at a pace of approximately 58 minutes per round. He will use only a driver, 3-wood, hybrid, 7-iron, two wedges and a putter in his quest.
Waterway Hills is a 27-hole facility, so Chapman will play the facility’s Oaks Nine course 22 times to equal 11 rounds of golf. Chapman’s 11 rounds will equate to 67,760 yards of golf, or 38.5 miles, and he will have the use of a “street legal” E-Z-Go golf cart for transportation throughout the 11 rounds. The cart can reach speeds of up to 28 miles per hour.