Crocka charity drive, chip and putt

PROFESSIONAL golfers often speak about the fatigue of 72-hole championship golf over four days of competition.

So for a field of amateurs taking on 101 holes in a single day it’s fair to presume there’ll be a few weary souls by the end of a Crocka Foundation charity day in December.

The foundation, named for former Churchill footballer Dave ‘Crocka’ Williams who died of sudden cardiac arrest, will stage its second golf marathon at Traralgon Golf Course to raise money for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Event organiser Tim Darby said the inaugural 101 Hole Golf Marathon held in 2013 raised more than $30,000 for the institute and provided a nuanced physical and mental challenge for participants.

“The 101 Hole Golf Marathon is a great challenge that only the fit, determined and mentally resilient will be able to complete,” Darby said.

“Teeing off at 5am participants cover approximately 50 kilometres within 16 hours while navigating the beautiful Traralgon golf course.”

Up to 54 participants in teams of three play 101 consecutive holes of golf in one day under a Drop Out Ambrose format.

For those who would prefer not to chase a white ball around to support the cause the event has expanded this year to include organised walks.

“A 50km all day adventure walk, 20km afternoon hike as well as a five kilometre and 10km afternoon stroll will present its own challenges for those who would prefer the walk without the frustration a game of golf can present,” Darby said.

“Winding around throughout the golf course the various distances cater to all with staggered start times culminating in the participants from all events finishing between 8pm and 9pm.”

An after party at the Traralgon Golf Club Function Room will round out the Friday, 4 December event. Registrations are now open and vary in price from $15 through to $110 for the Golf Marathon.

Registrations close for the Golf Marathon on 1 December and registrations for the organised walks will be open up until the day of the event.

For more information for participants, sponsors or volunteers phone Tim Darby on

0438 533 853, email, or visit the Crocka Foundation website

The Crocka Foundation is a Latrobe Valley-based charity founded in 2012 by Kylea Williams in memory of her husband David ‘Crocka’ Williams who passed away suddenly on New Year’s Day 2011, aged 35.

The cause of death was due to undiagnosed pre-existing genetic heart conditions that could have been identified and treated through some readily available genetic testing.

The foundation aims to raise funds for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute which focuses on discovering the genetic basis of disease and improving awareness, prevention and management of such diseases.

For more information on the institute visit