If, as one wag suggested, golf is a good walk spoiled, then Half Moon Bay’s Eric Byrnes is spoiled rotten today. He can rest easy in the knowledge he’s done something no one else in the world has ever done.
Beginning Monday morning and over the next 24 hours — much of it under a glorious sunny coastal sky — Byrnes played a kind of speed golf that had him running from shot to shot on the Ocean Course of the Half Moon Bay Golf Links. He hit shots with a motion that might be more common in polo than golf, and he barely slowed for each shot. It was an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for most holes of golf in a single day and to do it for a good cause. Mission accomplished.
Byrnes’ team reports that he finished around 5 a.m. on Tuesday having completed 402 holes — more than 23 rounds. He continued to play until about 7 a.m. and ultimately finished 420 holes before calling it a very long day.
The day’s events included a steady stream of well-wishers and a livestream of the mad dash over social media. Byrnes is a former major-league baseball player who has made a name for himself as an endurance athlete.
It was more than a gimmick and a long day on the course. Byrnes raised money for his Let Them Play Foundation, which is dedicated to helping get kids outdoors and playing sports. He was followed on his quest by young local athletes who received grants for their own sports organizations by virtue of their participation.