ORONO, Maine — On June 20, two Bangor High School sophomores teed off at 4:30 in the morning with the goal of playing 100 holes of golf in one day in an effort to raise money for First Tee.
“We raised exactly $2,000, right on the number,” said Drew Powell, one half of the team which raised the funds.
Powell and fellow golfer Cavan Hagerty finished up at just after 8 p.m. at the Penobscot Valley Country Club course. On Thursday, they presented the funds to Ron Bibeau, executive director of First Tee of Maine.
“This is an amazing thing these two have done to play as many holes as they did and do it in the manner they did, I think it’s an exceptional feat for them. It’s something they should be very proud of,” Bibeau said.
“All of the money will stay locally,” he added.
Hagerty is proud that he helped out a group like First Tee, a youth organization formed in 1997 by the LPGA, The Masters Tournament, PGA of America, The PGA Tour, the United States Golf Association and corporate sponsor Shell Oil that “promotes life skills and leadership through the game of golf” to “bring golf to kids and teens that otherwise would not be exposed to the game and its values.”
“This is awesome, being able to help First Tee with donations is great,” Hagerty said. “Since the fundraiser, my brother has become involved with First Tee, so not only does the support help First Tee as a whole, now my brother is learning the game of golf, which is good.”
Powell and Hagerty expected their journey to be a long and tough physical battle, with their previous high of holes played in a single day being 54.
“It was really tough. It was a long day. We could rest for a few minutes here and there but it was a long day. It was tougher than I expected it to be,” Hagerty said.
“Even though we were in carts, our legs were still really tired at the end for some reason,” Powell added.
With the support from the staff of PVCC and other golfers, the duo met their goal of 100 holes in one day while raising money for First Tee.
“Everybody at the country club knew what we were doing, there were people checking in on us, asking how we were doing. It was really cool to see everybody rooting for us that day,” Hagerty said.
Since their 100-hole feat, Powell played in a couple of tournaments this summer throughout the state.
“I just played in the Maine Junior Amateur tournament and finished fifth. I had a good first day and all right second day, but fifth is pretty good. I played in the [American Junior Golf Association] tournament at Sugarloaf, and that was a lot of fun,” Powell said.
Powell tied for 57th in the AJGA tournament at Sugarloaf.
Both Powell and Hagerty plan on hitting the links for the Bangor High School golf team this fall. The preseason begins Monday, Aug. 19, followed by the start of the regular season on Friday, Aug. 30.