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
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
"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."
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
"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."
is no stranger to Scotland.
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.
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
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
"It was an absolute privilege to get to know Seve, and I hold him in high regard and respect," Kurtz
The current mark is five, according to Kurtz
, who will turn 71 in May, but he
personal goal is to double that total.
"I just think it'd be a great headline," he
"It'd be a testimony of both fitness and skill.
I like that challenge."
is planning to step down as the senior pastor at St. John's
at the end of June, which will significantly open his
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
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.