Scottsdale resident Bob Kurtz’s lifetime as a sportscaster, pastor and professional golfer are wedded in his newest endeavor to use golf to raise money that will benefit children and families.
An event at Ancala Golf Club’s range on Saturday, May 7, Mothers’ Day weekend, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. will feature Kurtz’s “Golf’s Ironman” skill, determination and calling to hit at least 1,000 golf shots in one day.
The public is invited to watch and pledge dollars to support a cause he wants recognized — homeless families served by Family Promise of Greater Phoenix. The Club is located at 11700 E. Via Linda in Scottsdale.
Kurtz’s Ironman title is legitimate. He holds seven marathon golf world records and he plays fast, including a feat in 2011 when he played an unbelievable 1,850 holes (102 rounds) in a week at a course in Alabama, which was ratified by the Guinness Book of World Records, according to a press release.
That number calculates at 14.5 rounds of 18 holes a day. He was 70 years old at the time. He is proud also that during his 70th year he shot his age seven times in one day. He played 10 rounds that day, with the best round of 67.
He is not slowing down at 80 years old — his passion for helping vulnerable children has only grown through his tax-exempt charity “Ministries to Children.” Kurtz recently visited a Family Promise facility in south Scottsdale and immediately wanted to help the organization in its mission to rescue homeless families and set them on a path to self-sufficiency.
He conceived of a Mothers’ Day weekend fundraiser called “Mothers That Care presents Ironman 1000 — II ‘The Sequel’”, an event that refers to his March 2021 Ironman 1,000 exhibition and fund raiser where he hit 1,152 shots at Top Golf near Scottsdale.
Kurtz chose the specific weekend for his newest fundraising event to honor his own mother, who fostered 30 children over five years in his home state of Virginia.
Anyone interested in supporting this unique fundraising effort can send a check to MTC, 4400 N. Scottsdale Road, suite 9-256, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 or contribute online at golfsironman.com or on the Ministries to Children website at ministriestochildren.com.
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