WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield residents Kevin Vedder and Shaun Murphy will play 100 holes of golf in a single day this Monday for the 100 Hole Hike, a global network of golf marathons to raise money for various charities.
It’s Vedder’s fifth year participating the hike. He chooses to raise money for Els for Autism, a foundation started by pro golfer Ernie Els, in honor of Vedder's own son, who has autism. He hopes to raise $12,000 this year.
It's Murphy's first year participating. The two golfers plan to start playing at sunrise, and likely won’t stop until sundown.
“It’s a long day. Every 36 holes we’ll take a half-hour break, change socks, have something to eat or something like that,” Vedder said. “If it rains that day, you keep going. If they let me play, I’ll play.”
Vedder said he’s incredibly appreciative of the support his wife, Suzanne, provides in the planning and execution of the event.
In all, more than 25 people will help out, from the people who help plan to the volunteer caddies. Echo Lake Country Club is allowing them to use the course for free.
“It’s fun because the community can get involved and walk with you and support you,” Vedder said.
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