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Ben Cox to return for Hundred Hole Hike at Ballyneal Golf Club PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kyle Arnoldy   

Now in its fourth year and still growing, the annual Hundred Hole Hike at Ballyneal Golf Club will once again welcome golf marathoners to the course as they raise funds for various causes.

Slated for Sunday and Monday, June 22-23, eight golfers are scheduled to make their way southeast of Holyoke for a long day on the links. This year will see the return of Ben Cox to participate in the event.

Cox was the inspiration behind the first marathon event at Ballyneal back in 2011. Cox, who had worked as a caddie at the club in the past, was paralyzed from the chest down in a skiing accident in March of 2011.

Jim Colton, a Ballyneal member from Chicago, Ill., decided to raise $5,000 for Cox by walking 108 holes at Ballyneal that year. He reached 108 holes and kept on playing, finishing 155 holes by the day’s end and raising upward of $110,000.

Through the success of the Ben Cox 155, One Divot—a charity founded by Colton—announced the launch of the HHH.

The organization’s website states that “The goal of the Hundred Hole Hike is to take the same passion and energy that fueled the Ben Cox 155 to a grander scale. Instead of one golfer at one club for one cause, the HHH will include numerous golfers at various clubs around the country, all walking to raise money for a variety of worthwhile causes.”

 

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Holyoke Enterprise June 19, 2014