A lot of people try to squeeze a round of golf into their busy schedules. Joel Zuckerman is going to squeeze in six.
Zuckerman, a golf writer from Savannah, will be playing 108 holes today at Secession Golf Club in Beaufort. And he's not doing it because he's crazy or because he likes the heat.
It's for a good cause.
Zuckerman is doing it to raise money to research and fight lymphatic malformations, a rare condition where cysts form, usually in the neck region, making eating, breathing and swallowing difficult.
The parents of Liam Steffen, a 2-year-old Savannah boy born with the condition, established Liam's Land, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization to advance the research and identify possible causes of lymphatic malformations by establishing a patient registry and funding further genetic testing and clinical trials.
Zuckerman, 51, is aiming to raise roughly $8,000 for the Liam's Land through another organization called Hundred Hole Hike, a national golf marathon network where golfers play to raise money for the charities of their choice.
An active runner, hiker and biker, Zuckerman isn't worried about his endurance. But he knows injury could set him back.
"The only thing I really worry about is any type of back, elbow or neck problem that came come from swinging and swinging and swinging," Zuckerman said.
Zuckerman estimates he can finish in 13 hours -- two hours per round plus an hour for water, changing shoes and a quick bite to eat. Teeing off at 6:30 this morning, that would have him finished at 7:30 p.m.
Practice swings and long looks at putts are out.
"I won't have a lot of time to mess around," he said.