John Ashworth completes "100 Hole Hike" for Goat Hill Park
27 Jul 2015
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

courtesy Goat Hill Park G.C.
courtesy Goat Hill Park G.C.

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (July 27, 2015) -- John Ashworth cares about Oceanside's Goat Hill Park - enough to take over the lease and breath new life into a course that looked destined to be turned into a for- profit soccer facility. Nothing against soccer, but losing an affordable course in a community that needs more outlets for underprivileged youth doesn't sit well with the well-known golf apparel entrepreneur.

"I've been lucky," Ashworth told KUSI News after the round. "I've been in the golf world my whole life, and we need more places like this."

The unpretentious facility has already seen it's clubhouse get a makeover, while becoming the home base of North County Junior Golf. Clinics have attracted young golfers that likely couldn't afford to play other places. Prior to the "hike" Ashworth relayed the story of several young people caught vandalizing the targets on the range. Rather than call the police, they were offered the chance to come by and try a Saturday clinic. One of those golfers went from never holding a club to shooting 3- over-par. You can't make this stuff up!

On Monday, July 27, Ashworth started at daybreak and played 108 holes (Thus the name "108 Hole Hike") over the course of 13 1/2 hours. That's six full rounds, and Goat Hill didn't get the name for being flat. Donors were encouraged to pledge a dollar amount per hole, or a flat fee. And even if you missed out on making a pledge (we didn't) it's not too late to visit the website and do so now. Check out the video below to see Ashworth in action on the links.

KUSI News - San Diego, CA

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