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The Ben Cox 108+
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Cox, a 2006 graduate of Haxtun High School, grew up about 25 miles from Ballyneal in northeast Colorado. He attended Wayland Baptist University in Texas before transferring to Texas Tech, where he was studying civil engineering at the time of the accident. Cox hopes to return to school in January 2012 to complete the last two semesters needed for his degree. He is expected to be discharged from Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., on June 14th and hopes to be at Ballyneal six days later to greet Colton and the other golfers as they finish their rounds.
Ben's mother, Melinda Cox, doesn't know the total amount of the medical bills resulting from Ben's care, but related that just one surgical bill was $330,000. Cox is expected to have additional medical needs moving forward.
"I get real emotional talking about the support shown by Jim Colton, Haxtun residents, Wayland Baptist, Ballyneal and others," said Melinda Cox, a teacher's aide in Haxtun who has remained with her son in Denver since the accident. "I thank God each day. It's amazing how people have rallied around us."
"I've definitely had more good days than bad," Ben said. "You've got to keep a good attitude about it. It is what it is. You can either look at it that you can't do this or that, or you can figure out what you can still do."
Thanks to June 20 being one of the longest days of the year, Colton plans to tee off for his first round at 4:45 a.m. and golf until dusk at 8:45 p.m.
"Although the event is called 'The Ben Cox 108,' I view 108 holes as the starting point instead of the finish line," Colton said, relating that numerous contributors have creatively structured their pledges with bonuses for playing more than 108 holes. "Knowing that each extra hole will be worth hundreds of additional dollars to the cause will motivate me to keep going."
As an additional incentive to donate to the cause, Colton is collecting prizes that will be awarded by raffle. Contributors will get a raffle ticket for every $50 donated, with the raffle set to take place on Saturday July 9th. The list of raffle items includes rounds of golf at some of the best and most historic golf courses in the world. [To see an updated list of raffle prizes, go here: http://www.wegoblogger31.com/2011/06/still-time-to-get-in-on-ben-cox-raffle.html]
To learn more, call Ballyneal at 970/854-5900 or e-mail head pro Matt Payne at email@example.com.
|2011||111th||Congressional Country Club, Blue Course||Bethesda||Maryland||June 16–19|
|2012||112th||The Olympic Club, Lake Course||San Francisco||California||June 14–17|
|2013||113th||Merion Golf Club, East Course||Ardmore||Pennsylvania||June 13–16|
|2014||114th||Pinehurst Resort, Course #2||Pinehurst||North Carolina||June 12–15|
|2015||115th||Chambers Bay||University Place||Washington||June 18–21|
|2016||116th||Oakmont Country Club||Oakmont||Pennsylvania||June 16–19|
|2017||117th||Erin Hills||Erin||Wisconsin||June 15–18|
|2019||119th||Pebble Beach Golf Links||Pebble Beach||California||June 13–16|
Along those same lines, I listed each of the top 100 courses below and listed 10 other courses on the list that were either most similar or least similar in terms of relative category strengths. For example, if you think of Augusta National more highly than the typical Golf Digest rater, then your personal tastes might gravitate towards the Memorability, Aesthetics and Ambience categories which are a relatively big part of Augusta's overall score. In other words, your personal weights for those category might be higher in those categories than the flat 1.00 Golf Digest assign's to each of the categories (aside from Shot Values x2).
So in the Augusta example, other courses which are relatively strong in the Memorability, Aesthetics and Ambience categories are Cypress Point, Fishers Island, Maidstone, NGLA, Pebble Beach, etc. Makes sense when you think about it. Go down the list and pick out the courses you feel strongly about. You might find a few new top 100 courses to add to your list of targets.
#1. Augusta National
- Similar: Cypress Point, Maidstone Club, Fishers Island, Monterey Peninsula (Shore), Sage Valley, National Golf Links of America, Pebble Beach, The Alotian Club, Garden City, Pacific Dunes
- Dissimilar: Hazeltine National, Bethpage Black, Spyglass Hill, Victoria National, Pinehurst (No. 2), TPC Sawgrass (Players), Forest Dunes, Olympia Fields (North), Butler National, Galloway National
#2. Pine Valley
- Similar: Fishers Island, The Prince Course, Cypress Point, Maidstone Club, Pebble Beach, Pacific Dunes, Somerset Hills, Ballyneal, National Golf Links of America, Bandon Dunes
- Dissimilar: Diamond Creek Golf Club, The Quarry at La Quinta, Double Eagle, Eagle Point, The Preserve, Canyata, Forest Dunes, Sahalee (South/North), Sage Valley, Hudson National
#3. Shinnecock Hills
- Similar: Fishers Island, Maidstone Club, Pacific Dunes, Winged Foot (East), Cypress Point, Winged Foot (West), Augusta National, Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes, Merion (East)
- Dissimilar: Forest Dunes, The Quarry at La Quinta, Eagle Point, Galloway National, Canyata, The Club at Black Rock, The Preserve, Rich Harvest Links, Boston Golf Club, Diamond Creek Golf Club
#4. Oakmont C.C.
- Similar: Butler National, Winged Foot (West), Hazeltine National, Baltusrol (Lower), Crooked Stick, East Lake, Aronimink, Bethpage Black, Winged Foot (East), Oakland Hills (South)
- Dissimilar: Cypress Point, Maidstone Club, Fishers Island, Pebble Beach, The Club at Black Rock, Kapalua (Plantation), Arcadia Bluffs, Wade Hampton, National Golf Links of America, Bandon Dunes
#5. Cypress Point
- Similar: Fishers Island, Maidstone Club, Pebble Beach, National Golf Links of America, Monterey Peninsula (Shore), Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes, Somerset Hills, Shadow Creek, Shoreacres
- Dissimilar: Hazeltine National, Butler National, Bethpage Black, Olympia Fields (North), Oakland Hills (South), Aronimink, Oakmont C.C., Baltusrol (Lower), Inverness, Southern Hills
#6. Pebble Beach
- Similar: Fishers Island, Cypress Point, Maidstone Club, The Prince Course, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes, Monterey Peninsula (Shore), National Golf Links of America, Whistling Straits (Straits), Shadow Creek
- Dissimilar: Butler National, Double Eagle, Hazeltine National, Olympia Fields (North), Baltusrol (Lower), Eagle Point, Aronimink, Oakland Hills (South), Forest Dunes, Oakmont C.C.
#7. Merion (East)
- Similar: Fishers Island, Maidstone Club, Winged Foot (East), Winged Foot (West), Cypress Point, Pacific Dunes, Somerset Hills, Garden City, The Country Club, National Golf Links of America
- Dissimilar: The Quarry at La Quinta, Forest Dunes, Diamond Creek Golf Club, The Preserve, Canyata, Eagle Point, The Club at Black Rock, Hudson National, Galloway National, Sahalee (South/North)
#8. Winged Foot (West)
- Similar: Winged Foot (East), Aronimink, Hazeltine National, Pinehurst (No. 2), Butler National, East Lake, Baltusrol (Lower), Merion (East), Crooked Stick, Los Angeles C.C. (North)
- Dissimilar: The Quarry at La Quinta, The Club at Black Rock, Canyata, Forest Dunes, Sage Valley, The Estancia Club, Cypress Point, Arcadia Bluffs, The Preserve, Diamond Creek Golf Club
#9. Sand Hills
- Similar: Cypress Point, Fishers Island, Maidstone Club, Monterey Peninsula (Shore), Augusta National, National Golf Links of America, Somerset Hills, Shadow Creek, Shoreacres, Sage Valley
- Dissimilar: Hazeltine National, Bethpage Black, Spyglass Hill, Victoria National, Pinehurst (No. 2), TPC Sawgrass (Players), Forest Dunes, Olympia Fields (North), Galloway National, Oakland Hills (South)
#10. National Golf Links of America
- Similar: Cypress Point, Fishers Island, Maidstone Club, Pebble Beach, Somerset Hills, Monterey Peninsula (Shore), Pacific Dunes, Shadow Creek, Shoreacres, Bandon Dunes
- Dissimilar: Hazeltine National, Bethpage Black, Butler National, Oakland Hills (South), Olympia Fields (North), Aronimink, Oakmont C.C., Baltusrol (Lower), Eagle Point, Spyglass Hill
Hundred Hole Hike
|The Hundred Hole Hike (HHH) is a national-network of golf marathons where participants plan to walk 100 or more holes of golf in one day in order to raise money for various worthwhile charitable causes. Please go to http://www.hundredholehike.com/ for more details.|
Chicago Public Course Rankings
My Course Rankings
2. National Golf Links of America
3. St. Andrews (Old)
4. Cypress Point
6. Shinnecock Hills
7. Royal Dornoch
9. Merion (East)
10. Pacific Dunes
11. Friars Head
12. Sand Hills
13. Tara Iti
14. Pinehurst No 2
15. Royal Melbourne (West)
16. Pebble Beach
17. Chicago Golf Club
19. Los Angeles CC (North)
20. North Berwick
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The Ben Cox 108-Hole Golf Marathon
What: A 108-golf marathon to raise money for Ben Cox, a Ballyneal caddie who was paralyzed from a severe skiing accident in March.
When: June 22, 2011 (update)
Where: Ballyneal Golf & Hunt Club - Holyoke, CO
How to Give:
Send a check payable to: Prairie Home Baptist Church (memo: Ballyneal fundraiser)
P.O. Box 271
Haxtun, CO 80731
- Holyoke Enterprise: "Ballyneal member aims to help Cox family"
- Cybergolf: "Ballyneal Member Invites Others to Join 108-Hole Fundraiser"
- Omaha World Herald: Golf Notes (5/31)
- Radio interview on 104.3 The Fan in Denver (6/18)
- Colorado Avid Golfer: "Golfer's Charitable Marathon Could Get You on Riviera" (6/24)
- Golf Channel: "W18: Patience and Perspective" (6/27)
- Golf World Monday: "Marathon Man" (6/27)
- Holyoke Enterprise: "The Ben Cox 108 (give or take 47) climbs beyond $77,000" (6/30)
- Chicago Tribune: "All-day golf event raises more than $100,000 for paralyzed caddie" (7/8)