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A Long Walk For A Good Cause



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Anyone on the Rock Ridge Country Club golf course, Tuesday, May 12, may have felt like they were seeing the same golfers — over and over again. But it was simply a trio of youthful golfers on a special mission.

For nearly twelve hours, from 7:45 am to 7 pm, Newtown High School Golf Team members Trevor Hislop, Alex Walton, and James Celentano played 72 holes, walking 18 miles altogether, to raise money for The Connecticut Food Bank — a long hike wearing regulation golf shoes.

“Our legs are sore,” Trevor admitted on Wednesday morning.

Finding himself bored with quarantine, Trevor came up with the idea of a golf marathon and “ran it across my friends.” He wanted to not only alleviate the dullness of social distancing, but to find something good to do. A golf marathon to support The Connecticut Food Bank resonated with the three high school golfers, and when they approached the board of the Rock Ridge Country Club in Newtown, their idea was embraced.

“Everyone there was so supportive,” said Trevor. The team set up a GoFundMe site and began raising money. They also pitched a secondary means to support the effort, with donors being asked to donate $5 for every birdie the golfers would make on Tuesday.

So on the very windy May 12, the threesome set out to golf, golf, and golf some more so that others in need could benefit from their efforts.

“It was tough conditions,” because of the capricious weather, Trevor said, “but a fun day.”

They did not disappoint any of the donors, including those who were paying for any birdies made during the marathon.

“We had one chip in birdie by James Celentano,” Trevor reported, “and Alex made two, and I made three birdies.”

As of Wednesday morning, the golfers had raised over $5,300 dollars. “We had people who said they wanted to take the birdie challenge, and we made a good amount off of that,” he said.

A golf marathon was “completely new to me,” said Trevor, but one he feels was highly successful.

They will continue to accept donations through Saturday, May 16. To donate, visit GoFundMe.com, search “Hislop.” One hundred percent of the money raised goes to The Connecticut Food Bank.

From left, NHS golfers Alex Walton, Trevor Hislop, and James Celentano played 72 holes of golf on May 12 to benefit others in need.—photos courtesy Trevor Hislop
James Celentano takes a swing during the 12-hour golf marathon.
Alex Walton considers his next move as he golfs to raise money for The Connecticut Food Bank.
Trevor Hislop judges his next shot during the benefit golf marathon that he and two fellow golfers undertook on May 12 at the Rock Ridge Country Club golf course.
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