One hundred holes equals $115,000 for Safe Alliance

May. 08, 2013 @ 12:42 PM

On Monday, about 18 golfers played 100 holes of golf to benefit Safe Alliance. 

This is the third year for the event, which has raised more than $250,000 for the charity. This year, the event raised at least $115,000. As of Tuesday afternoon, the numbers were not official, but that was the projection. 

The event is held at The Club at Longview in Waxhaw. 

The event becomes a test of speed and endurance for the participating golfers. 

“We play fast and furious for the first 36 holes, trying to complete it inside four and a half hours,” Nick Page, a co-founder of the event, said in a statement. “Then, we generally shift to a survival rhythm for the middle 36. At that point, we just hang on straight to the finish line. It’s all about great friendships, a love of golf and survival.”

The golfers played their first hole at 5 a.m. in the pouring rain. After their first hole, the rain ceased and held off for the rest of the day. 

The proceeds from the event help Self Alliance, including the Treehouse Advocacy Center in Union County. 

Media and Communications Coordinator Bill Coy said the even makes a great statement for the organization. 

“What it does, it really is a great statement by men who are taking a stand against domestic violence,” Coy said. “They’re helping in Union County.”

In addition to the Treehouse advocacy center, the proceeds raised will help support the rape crisis center. 

“These guys, these are men taking their time ... to help our program work with women and children impacted by domestic violence,” Coy said. 

The men teed off at 5:45 a.m. and some of them started finishing around 2:30 p.m.

One participant, Cliff Thomas, opted to walk the hundred holes instead of taking a golf cart. He ended up walking about 30 miles around the course. 

John Tighe, a participant who also serves on the Safe Alliance board of directors, played 110 holes this year. He has been participating in the event for three years. 

“I think everybody that does it would say pretty clearly, it’s all about the women and children that find themselves in circumstances where they’re dealing with domestic violence ... it rips our heart,” Tighe said.

He said the event helps to raise awareness. Many people think these issues only impact people in certain parts of the world, but these issues are everywhere, Tighe said. Statistics say that about one in every four women will be impacted by sexual or domestic abuse.

“It’s an eye-opener,” he said. 

Many of the men are raising daughters or have sisters, Tighe said. 

“I think that’s where the guys really got behind it,” Tighe said. He added that they wanted people to be accountable and say this is wrong.