Did you hear about the guy that set the new world record for the most holes played in a 24 hour time period?
On June 24th and 25th Donovan Baker set the record at Tommy and Sue Brown Park
in North Richland Hills, Texas. It is a 6-hole permanent course.
The big day arrived and I took my first steps. My planned pace was 50
holes an hour. I was averaging under a minute a hole for the first 4
hours. But by the end of the 4th hour break, I was close to fainting
from the heat. The average high temp was supposed to be 85, but it
turned out to be 101 and humid. So I took an extended break (including
some time in the truck with the a/c on) which helped me feel better. At
this point I actually felt completely rejuvenated and ready to go again.
At this point I had already changed socks twice and swapped out my
regular playing shoes 2 times, but it was so hot, the blisters were
already showing their ugly faces on the bottoms of my feet. I have never
had blisters on my feet before. After six hours, the skin on the bottom
of my feet already looked like it melted off, bunched up, and slid
towards the inside of each foot. I was at the point of thinking it may
not be physically possible for me to finish. But then due to my caddy
and Jodi, I realized the damage was done and it was just a case of me
pushing through the pain and walking it out for the next 18 hours. Jodi
was so supportive, I secretly wondered if she hadn't upped the amount on
my life insurance-just kidding. She is the best!
It rained HARD
for about an hour from about 6:45PM to 7:45PM with lots of lightning.
Losing that hour started to worry me until Jodi told me just how close I
was to my needed average and that it was not going to take me that much
to get back on track. I expected some of the holes to be pretty muddy
and sloppy wet walking ahead, but in reality, the dirt was barely moist
and the grass was hardly wet. It was so hot; most of it must have
evaporated as fast as it came down. While the rain held me off from
playing it also helped get the temperature down just as we were heading
into the evening hours. I have been hydrating as much as my stomach
could take in, but if the temp had stayed as high as it was I would have
been hurting from more than just my feet.
I am a 41 year old,
240 pound guy. However, when I set my mind to something dealing with
endurance, it is tough for me to lay down. I’ve done all kinds of long
distance racing including triathlons all my life. Due to all of the
encouragement from Jodi, my disc golfing friends, family, and great
friends online, I was not about to give up. Obviously, I had to take
breaks more often and it really hurt to get back on my feet after each
one, but the goal was there and I still had enough time ahead of me to