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Executive Director

Iron Man
Box 100
Cullman, Alabama 35056
United States

Company Description: Bob Kurtz is Golf's Iron Man. Combining the ball-striking strength of Vijay Singh, the fitness of Gary Player, and the intensity of Corey Pavin, he has utilized...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • college degree
    Yankton College
  • Master's degree , Broadcast Journalism
    Drake University
  • doctorate , Radio-TV - Film
    Northwestern University
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Golf's Ironman Marathon
www.golfsironman.com, 25 July 2014 [cached]
Fundraising for this caring commitment is essentially through the marathons of MTC Golf's Executive Director, Bob Kurtz.
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Bob Kurtz Executive Director bobkurtz@golfsironman.com 256-531-3806
Golf Bio
www.golfsironman.com, 25 July 2014 [cached]
Bob Kurtz has always been active in golf.
The former sportscaster with CNN and ESPN is a competitive golfer having qualified for Champions Tour and other significant events. In 2007 he competed in the final qualifying for the Senior British Open in Muirfield, Scotland. In 2008 he finished in the top thirty money-winners on the Sunbelt Senior Professional Golf Tour and qualified for the season-ending tournament. In 2011 he won the Senior Pro event in Lake Placid, New York. His love for golf is genuine and passionate.
golfbio1_sm.jpg Golf Announcing: Champions Tour at The Dominion San Antonio, Texas
Bob played college golf and, as an amateur, won 53 tournaments around the country. As a professional, he has competed internationally in such events as the Panama Open, the Golf Experten Open in Denmark, and Senior British Open qualifying. He is the winner of the Madrid Open, the Dallas Gold Cup, the Orange Bowl Classic and numerous other tournaments. His favorite tournament is the Hall of Fame Seniors Classic in Cooperstown, New York. In 2010, he recorded a top five finish.
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As a golf instructor, Bob has two best selling golf videos. "Picture Perfect Golf" deals with imagery and visualization in golf. "How to Break 90" (with daughter Beth) has been one of the top instructional videos not only in the United States but internationally. "How to Break 90" has been recognized by Golf Monthly (the top European Golf magazine) as the outstanding video for the high handicapper. In the United States, Golf Magazine gave the video five stars.*
In addition, as an instructor, Bob has conducted golf clinics at such venues as Disney World and Nashville's Opryland Springhouse Golf course.
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But it is in his success as a "Golf Ironman" that Bob has received the most acclaim. His stamina, ball-striking strength, and low scoring over hours of play has made his many golf marathons truly memorable.
Bob Kurtz holds four Guinness ...
www.myrtlebeachonline.com, 5 Aug 2014 [cached]
Bob Kurtz holds four Guinness World Records and is participating in Sunbelt Senior Tour events in the area.
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Bob Kurtz, a 73-year-old retired sportscaster with CNN and ESPN, owns four Guinness World Records for speed golf and marathon golf, and is taking part in the Sunbelt events at Brunswick Plantation, Brick Landing Plantation and River Hills Golf & Country Club.
This weeks event at Brick Landing is the second event and has been shortened to 36 holes on Wednesday and Thursday because of heavy rain in recent days.
Kurtz said he was the first broadcaster to appear on CNNs inaugural show in June 1980, and later did sports broadcasting work for additional networks including ESPN and CBS. He retired as a sportscaster at the age of 45 and entered the ministry, recently retiring as the pastor at St. John's Evangelical Protestant Church in Cullman, Ala.
In 2011, he set a new Guinness record by playing 1,850 holes in a week with the help of nearly 100 volunteers who teed up balls, tracked scores and ran the operation. He did it through spells of dehydration, sore hands, sore feet, blood blisters, intense heat and nightly IV drips.
He also played the most recorded holes in a week with an average score of 74.55 per 18 holes, shooting better than his age six times.
The golf marathon raised $102,000 for tornado victims and his charity, Ministry To Children (MTC), which assists hurting and abused children. All of his record-setting efforts have benefitted MTC.
Kurtz said all Guinness records have to be played on an 18-hole course that is 6,500 yards or longer, and he is recognized by Guinness for:
• Shooting his age or below the most times in one day. He shot 70 or below seven times at the age of 71 in August 2012.
• Playing the most consecutive holes without stopping. He played 500 consecutive holes in 39 hours. The record had been 401 holes. That record has gotten little attention but it was the toughest one: no rest, no sleep, just keep going, Kurtz said. Im probably more fit than most 35 and 40-year old golfers.
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I discovered the quicker I play the better I putt, Kurtz said. I think I would unnerve my playing partners if I were to race up and make my putt, grab my ball and run back to the cart.
As evidenced by his records, Kurtz is a proponent of speeding up play in the game. [Slow play] is getting to be an epidemic and it needs to be addressed, Kurtz said. I think its attitude. People go in thinking theyre out there to have a casual, enjoyable time, and all the easy ways to speed up play they dont think about. . . . Theyre not ready when its their turn.
Kurtz is enjoying playing on the Sunbelt Senior Tour, which is in its 19th year and is operated by Don Barnes of Longs.
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Its been wonderful to play the Sunbelt Tour, Kurtz said. Its just great to be able to be out there with all these great players and compete and still feel that you can compete; get up every morning and try to have that good round.
Ive enjoyed every part of my life broadcasting the ministry and golf, Kurtz said.
Bob Kurtz: Golf’s “Iron Man” |
www.golfconversations.com, 21 July 2013 [cached]
Bob Kurtz: Golf's "Iron Man"
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Bob Kurtz had a successful career in sports broadcasting with CNN, CBS, and ESPN when, in his mid 40s, he responded to a higher calling. Bob became an ordained minister and is presently the senior pastor at St. John's Evangelical Protestant Church in Cullman, Alabama.
Bob is also a darned fine golfer and has achieved his "Iron Man" moniker for having participated in golf marathons as charity fund-raising vehicles. His most impressive venture to date: In 2009, he played 500 consecutive holes without rest over 40 hours.
Now the Iron Man has bigger fish to fry: During the week of June 4-10, 2011, Bob will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record by playing 2,000 holes under the USGA's Rules of Golf.
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Of course, Bob isn't doing this to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. It's strictly a fund-raising event to help abused children. There are NO administrative costs. EVERY penny pledged goes towards the kids. That's where YOU come in; please visit Bob's website to learn how to contribute to this noble cause. Well done, Pastor Bob!
Bob Kurtz
Golf Conversations: Hi, Bob, how are you?
Bob Kurtz: I'm doing great. I've been looking forward to your call.
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Interestingly enough, Robert, you seem to bring out an attitude in a person. I don't know if you've thought about that or not. But you kind of define the person.
That's real important because in a lot of interviews - with an athlete or a personality - they hide behind a persona and just don't reveal who they are.
GC: Thanks for the kind words, Bob.
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GC: Bob, you must have hit a lot of fairways.
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GC:You are, Bob!
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GC: Bob, I would have come for a hundred bucks and adjudicated.
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GC: Gee, Bob … every time you make the turn, eat a hot dog…
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GC: Bob, is that a coincidence or …
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BK: One more thing, Robert.
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GC: I guess the only thing that concerns me, Bob, is that getting my name into it…
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GC: Bob, I know some guys who never put their hands in their pocket!
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GC: Bob, it was lovely chatting with you.
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On June 11, 2011, Bob Kurtz set a new Guinness World Book record: 1,850 golf holes played in seven days. Because of the devastating tornadoes that struck the Alabama area in April, 2011, Bob decided to donate the funds raised in his marathon to tornado victims.
Here's Bob in action. Please note how he's able to putt without plumb bobbing! Congratulations, Bob!
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4 Responses to Bob Kurtz: Golf's "Iron Man"
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Thank you Robert.
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I know Bob Kurtz will be very pleased!
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Bob Kurtz is the real thing. A fine player, a fine Christian, a fine gentleman.
Officers
www.evangelicalassociation.org, 7 Aug 2006 [cached]
Bob Kurtz President
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