holds four Guinness World Records and is participating in Sunbelt Senior Tour events in the area.
, a 73-year-old retired sportscaster with CNN
, 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.
was the first broadcaster to appear on CNNs inaugural show in June 1980, and later did sports broadcasting work for additional networks including ESPN
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.
did it through spells of dehydration, sore hands, sore feet, blood blisters, intense heat and nightly IV drips.
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.
record-setting efforts have benefitted MTC.
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.
shot 70 or below seven times at the age of 71 in August 2012.
• Playing the most consecutive holes without stopping.
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
Im probably more fit than most 35 and 40-year old golfers.
I discovered the quicker I play the better I putt, Kurtz
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
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
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.
Its been wonderful to play the Sunbelt Tour
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