Stonington CC's Myszkowski and Monk sweat it out for good causes

Stonington Country Club PGA head professional Mike Myszkowski lines up a shot from the ninth fairway on Monday. (Gavin Keefe/The Day)

Playing a marathon round of golf is about the last thing on anybody's mind on a scorching hot day.

Yet that's exactly what Stonington Country Club PGA head professional Mike Myszkowski and assistant Jason Monk did on Monday when the temperature hovered around 90 degrees.

They played an exhausting 144 holes — probably more golf than they will each play all summer — and raised money for two good causes.

It took almost eight and a half hours for the pair to complete the eight rounds, starting at 8 a.m. and finishing at 8:25 p.m. They took few breaks and kept up a good pace by jogging or walking briskly to and from their carts.

They battled the heat, fatigue, dehydration and nagging aches and pains.

"My body was achy," Myszkowski said about how he felt that night. "My ankle and right elbow were definitely sore. And Jason was pretty wiped out as well. We were both pretty sore."

Two days after finishing their marathon, Myszkowski and Monk were still walking a bit gingerly.

It was totally worth any pain, as they raised an impressive $13,000 for two charities — the Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Foundation.

They received plenty of help while completing their ambitious goal. Members chipped in not only financial support but aided them throughout the grueling day, delivering wet towels, water, ice, food and snacks.

"We would very much like to thank our families and friends as well as all of the Stonington Country Club members who graciously supported us in our efforts to raise money for and awareness of these two causes," Myszkowski said. "We would also like to thank Rick Harley, Jim Rooney, John Curtiss and John Chiangi for helping to spot and forecaddie for us at a three hour stint each."

Myszkowski and Monk managed to play some terrific golf, too, despite focusing more on saving time than carefully lining up shots.

On the 76th hole of the day, Monk drained a 30-foot birdie putt from the edge of the green. Monk barely reacted to sinking the terrific shot. He was too focused on moving on to the next hole.

Neither golfer spent any time bemoaning bad shots.

"It's not worth it," Myszkowski said during his marathon. "Golf is a game. Games are supposed to be fun."

The pair combined for 21 birdies overall. Monk averaged 76.5 per round and Myszkowski a 78. Their best round was a 74 and worst round an 83.

When they reached the 144th hole green, they were met by a welcoming committee. Family, friends and remaining staff watched them knock in their final putts.

"We had a nice little entourage at the end," said Myszkowski, who's completed about nine golf marathons while it was Monk's first. They're already thinking about doing another one in about two years.

The next day, Myszkowski took the day off to recover and spend time with his family. It ended up being far from a restful day, though.

Myszkowski went to an amusement park.

"It was tough going," Myszkowski said. "We did a couple of roller-coaster rides. You felt it after you got off."

Short putts

• Phil Perry of Black Hall Club reached the round of 16 in the Connecticut State Golf Association's 11th  Senior Match Play Championship last week at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield. Perry lost to Jim Romaniello of Shorehaven Golf Club, 4 and 3.

During his stroke play round, Perry earned medalist honors, firing a 2-over 73 to advance to match play as the top seed. He overcame a triple bogey on the fourth hole and finished with three birdies.

"After I made the triple on number four, I just tried to hit the middle of the green and avoid any big mistakes...," Perry said in a CSGA release. "I played well and made a few birdies."

• The Travelers Championship tees off next week at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. The loaded field includes three players — Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day — ranked in the Official World Golf Ranking's Top 10. Other prominent golfers include Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Patrick Reed and defending champion Russell Knox.

• Michael Hawley won Stonington Country Club's Stroke Play Tournament earlier this month, finishing with a 75. Walt Briggs was the low net winner with a 68. In the women's competition, winner Michelle Murphy shot an 89 and Mary Siegel captured low net honors with a 71.

• Lynn Valentine of East Lyme competed in the 19th Connecticut Women's Open in late May at Torrington Country Club. She finished with a two-round total of 4-over 148 (74-74) to place 15th overall. Her score was six shots behind champion Kayla Lawrence of Deland, Fla.

• The 28th Annual Daniel Boucher Memorial Scholarship Tournament, which was held June 8 at Norwich Golf Course, was a great success. Organizers handed out a $1000 scholarship to eight different high school graduates. Over the 28 years, the event has raised $224,000.

• Pete Stefanski recently challenged his own course record at Elmridge Golf Course, shooting a 66 from the white tees. He set the record of 65 in May of 2014.

In other Elmridge related news, former member Meghan Doherty, who now lives in Charleston, S.C., won her third straight women's club championship at Shadowmoss Golf Club. She earned the club crown eight times at Elmridge, giving her a total of 11 at the young age of 28.

• Bill Neuman of Old Lyme recently recorded a hole-in-one at Pequot Golf Club. He used an eight iron to ace the downhill 151-yard sixth hole.

Upcoming events

• The 115th Connecticut Amateur Championship starts Monday at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull. Local golfers in the field include: Chris DeLucia of Norwich Golf Course, Steve Chevalier of Lake of Isles, Tony Susi of Mohegan Sun Golf Club, Nick Hedden of Great Neck Golf Course, Bill Hermanson, Rob Neaton, Jeff Riley, Alex Jenkins, all of Black Hall Club.

Hermanson is a former champion, winning the event in 1991.

• Norwich Golf Course will host its Member-Guest tournament on June 25th. The $100 entry fee per team includes a round of golf, cart, food and prizes.

• The Elmridge Golf Course men's club Member-Guest four ball tournament is set for July 8-9. It is a 36-hole event that begins with a shotgun start at noon. Cost is $190 per team and carts are free. Contact the pro shop for more information.

• Please email any golf tournament results, holes-in-one, or interesting golf-related news to g.keefe@theday.com

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