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Executive Director

Minstry To Children Inc
Box 100
Cullman, Alabama 35056
United States

 
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, 21 Nov 2013 [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, 21 Nov 2013 [cached]
Bob Kurtz has always been active in golf.
The former sportscaster with CNN and ESPN is a competitive golfer having qualified for the 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. 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 he won 53 tournaments around the country. As a professional he has competed internationally in such events as the Panama Open and the 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 three best selling golf videos.
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In addition , as an instructor, Bob has conducted golf clinics at such venues as Disney World and Opryland Springhouse Golf Course.
golfbio4_sm.jpg Champions Tour Event
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 golf marathons truly memorable.
CULLMAN - Bob Kurtz, a ...
www.cullmantimes.com, 27 Mar 2012 [cached]
CULLMAN - Bob Kurtz, a well-renowned golfer and former sportscaster known by many in Cullman simply as "Pastor Bob," will make his third trip to the "Home of Golf" this week to participate in the inaugural St. Andrews Golf Festival.
According to the 70-year-old pastor of St. John's Evangelical Protestant Church, he was invited to the large-scale celebration of over 600 years of golf in Scotland as both a speaker and an honoree. During the event, which will be held March 28-April 1, Kurtz will be recognized for the physical and charitable aspects of the Guinness World Record marathon mark he set last June.
"I feel very honored and privileged," he said. "It's one of those things that's so personal. I'm just looking forward to going and feeling good and being a part of something."
Kurtz said there's a chance the festival's organizers will allow him to do an "exhibition marathon," which would consist of playing a course-record 100 holes in one day. After enduring the astounding 1,850 holes he played in a single week at Quail Creek Golf Course last year, the relatively low number he'd be required to finish this time around doesn't seem so difficult.
"It's just a mere 100 holes," Kurtz said. "That's the way it feels to me. They're trying to work that (exhibition marathon) out, but there's only so much time available on the courses. I'll do whatever makes the festival a wonderful time and success."
Kurtz is no stranger to Scotland. He made the lengthy trip with his wife and another couple in 1997 and returned 10 years later to compete in the final qualifying for the Senior British Open. Kurtz has had the opportunity to play The Old Course at St. Andrews and said he felt extremely comfortable considering the venue's rich history.
"If you love golf, you can't help but feel welcome," he said.
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The festival will also include a tribute to Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteros, a five-time major winner who invigorated the sport in Europe and "single-handedly revived the Ryder Cup," according to Kurtz.
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"It was an absolute privilege to get to know Seve, and I hold him in high regard and respect," Kurtz said.
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The current mark is five, according to Kurtz, who will turn 71 in May, but he said his personal goal is to double that total.
"I just think it'd be a great headline," he said. "It'd be a testimony of both fitness and skill. I like that challenge."
Kurtz is planning to step down as the senior pastor at St. John's at the end of June, which will significantly open his schedule. It'd be foolish to think he won't find ways to fill that extra time, though. In fact, Kurtz said he'll play quite a bit on the Sunbelt Tour during the second half of the year.
"I'll definitely be busy," he said.
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Bob Kurtz, a well-renowned golfer and former sportscaster known by many in Cullman simply as "Pastor Bob," will make his third trip to the "Home of Golf" this week to participate in the inaugural St. Andrews Golf Festival.
Bob Kurtz: Golf’s “Iron Man” |
www.golfconversations.com [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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