Burke Fund’s 100-Hole Golf Marathon Set for Monday at Alpine

The 8th Annual 100-hole Golf Marathon to benefit the Burke Fund is set to take place on Monday, October 19 at Alpine Country Club in Cranston. 

Formally recognized as the John P. Burke Memorial Fund, it provides financial aid to qualified students to assist them in obtaining a college education.  More familiar to golfers as the “Burke Fund”, it is one of the oldest golf scholarship programs in the country. 

“I was a Burke scholar while attending college at Bryant (graduated in 2001) – this will be my 7th year playing in the Marathon.  It is truly a grueling day of golf; it takes all the energy out of you and you certainly feel it the next day.  But it is gratifying giving back to an organization that supported me,”  said Marathon Chairman Nick Maresca. 

Last year, $76,286.50 was raised for the scholarship fund. 

Maresca, who is also the assistant pro at Kirkbrae Country Club, adds, “besides raising money for the Fund, one of the best parts of the Marathon is seeing my fellow PGA Members.  We hardly see each other and converse during the season – especially in 2020 since this season our courses have seen a record number of rounds. I look forward to finishing the golf and catching up with my friends at the reception.” 

Clubs participating in 2020 include Agawam, Alpine, Louisquisset, Kirkbrae, Pawtucket, Point Judith, Potowomut, Rhode Island Country Club, Shelter Harbor, Wannamoisett, Wanumetonomy, and Warwick (PGA Professionals and Amateurs)

Monday’s tee off is set for 8 a.m. and players will play until about 5:30 p.m.

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The Marathon 

How are these guys going to get 100 holes in you ask? 

In order to get 100 holes in, each player will have their own cart and will be able to hit multiple balls on Par 3’s and short par 4’s. 

Hitting and completing a hole with multiple balls counts as multiple holes played.

PHOTO: Chris Urbanowicz/Flickr Commons

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