Brian Fitzpatrick will raise money for Kidsport this summer by doing something he loves: playing golf.
A lot of golf.
The Estevan resident has launched the Longest Day of Golf fundraiser, with a goal of raising $1,500 for Kidsport, which creates opportunities for kids to play organized sports.
On June 22, Fitzpatrick will play at the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club from the moment he can see the golf ball in the morning until he can’t see the ball any longer at night. He likely couldn’t have picked a better day, since it will be a Saturday, and the day after the longest day of the year. He had hoped for June 21, but there’s a tournament at the course that day, so he opted for the following day.
This is something he has always wanted to do, but it never worked out.
Fitzpatrick hopes to play 90 holes; his personal best for a single day is 36 holes.
“I’ve seen it done for various charities around the world,” said Fitzpatrick. “I’ve seen people in Scotland that have done it, and in the States, and even Australia, and I always thought it would be a really good fundraiser for whatever charity you decide to support,” said Fitzpatrick.
He selected Kidsport because he agrees with their mission statement: “So that every kid can play.”
“I believe in the power of sports, obviously I’m a huge sports nut myself, and I think that every kid, regardless of their age, gender or financial situation, should be able to play sports,” said Fitzpatrick.
He’ll be playing on his own, and he expects he will encounter other golfers throughout the day. He’s sure most of them will allow him to play through during the day, and he might even join some groups for a hole or two.
And he’s sure he’ll be sore once the day is finished. He was aching when he has played 36 holes in the past, and so he suspects it will be tough to swing a club by the time he has finished playing up to 90 holes.
“I suspect it will be a real grind by the evening,” he said.
Fitzpatrick said he loves all aspects of the sport. He doesn’t find himself playing against other people; rather, he plays against the course and himself.
“It’s definitely a mental game, and I always like to challenge myself,” he said.
Fitzpatrick expects the donations will pick up once golf season begins. He’ll spend a lot of time at the golf course, and will be speaking with people at Woodlawn.
“The event is still three months away, so I have lots of time,” he said.
Thus far he has raised $140 for Kidsport. A couple of people have donated, including a co-work and his father. To support Fitzpatrick’s effort, please visit his GoFundMe page.