A former Major League Baseball player has set a new world record for the most golf holes played in a day.
Eric Byrnes, who played for the likes of Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners during a ten-year career in the MLB, played an incredible 420 holes in a 24-hour period at the Ritz Half Moon Bay in California earlier this week.
That’s the equivalent of 17.5 holes per hour – a hole every three-and-a-half minutes!
7am Mon to 7am Tues we were able to play 420 holes @HalfMoonBayGolf to set a new official @GWR by surpassing the old mark set 47 years ago by Australian Ian Colston who played 401 holes... GRATEFUL for the incredible @LTPFoundation & @HighfiveHQ@jmanuele support #LetThemPlaypic.twitter.com/gILkm5PgeU— Eric Byrnes (@byrnes22) April 24, 2019
Byrnes, who used in a golf-in-the-dark ball during the hours of darkness, comfortably smashed the previous record of 401 holes set in 1971 and had a Guinness World Records representative there to officially record it.
There was a serious side to his efforts, too. Byrnes undertook the challenge to raise awareness for his "Let Them Play Foundation," an organisation dedicated to fighting inactivity among children.