Hundred Hole Hike Raises $40k for Youth on Course Subsidies
Oregon Junior Golf conducted its first-ever Hundred Hole Hike on Oct. 4, 2019 at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club in Aloha. The event, which is a fundraiser for the local Youth on Course program, included eight area golfers who secured per-hole donations and completed 100 holes in a single day.
Thanks to the generosity of 272 individual donors, the 2019 Hundred Hole Hike raised $40,302 for the program in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Youth on Course is a national program that allows juniors ages 7-18 to play participating golf courses for just $5 a round. There are 70 participating golf courses in our region.
The Oregon Golf Association and Oregon Junior Golf subsidize those YOC rounds and support participating facilities with a matching $5 for each round played. As of Oct. 7, the OGA and OJG have distributed $54,350 in subsidies this year to participating golf courses. An annual breakdown of subsidy payouts is listed below.
The local playing contingent for the Hundred Hole Hike raised the most money of any particular state/regional association in the country. Ranking second on that list was the Georgia State Golf Association which raised $39,455. All told, there were 17 golf associations who participated in the 2019 Hundred Hole Hike.
The eight players who participated this year included: Anthony Congi, Chris Garrison, Chris Hamilton, Gretchen Johnson, Kevin Jones, Tyler Morse, Justin Ratte and Kris Turner.
Johnson, from Portland, single-handedly secured enough sponsors to raise more than $20,000 for the cause. Known as a world-class speed golfer, Johnson also completed the “hike” in just six hours, which equates to about 17 holes per hour (on foot).
Golf Course Facility Subsidies Paid Out Annually by OGA / OJG