FAIRVIEW — Pastor Bob earned himself some rest.

Around 11 a.m. Thursday, Rev. Bob Kurtz — or “Pastor Bob” as he’s known around town — bogeyed the ninth hole at Chesley Oaks, finishing his final hole of golf Thursday.

The thing is, that just happened to be the 23rd time Kurtz had played the ninth hole in the past 31 hours. Beginning around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, Kurtz played 22-1/2 rounds of golf — or 405 holes — in a single marathon.

The 405 holes he played over two days are believed to be a world record. What’s sure is that Kurtz set a new national record, shattering the previous mark of 220 — which the pastor himself set one year ago in the same event.

So it wasn’t surprising that Kurtz was unavailable for comment early Thursday afternoon.

“He’s at home asleep,” confirmed Cary Craig, golf pro at Chesley Oaks, the site of Kurtz’s two-day marathon to raise money for abused children

At last count, the marathon, sponsored by Cullman’s St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church, had raised about $33,000 for foreign and domestic missions to children. Proceeds from the marathon will be distributed by Kurtz’s charity, Cullman Ministry to Children, to Daystar, Harbor House, Pilot Light Home, Brook’s Place and Connie’s Place.

Craig said Kurtz was ecstatic with the success of the marathon — both for missions and for the new record.

“He did say that he was very happy with the results and that he was going to go home and get some rest,” said Craig.

Later Thursday afternoon, a tired and happy Kurtz was awake — after just a one-hour nap. The only side-effects of the 30-hour marathon, he said, were some blisters on his feet.

“The best moment was taking off my golf shoes,” said Kurtz. “I’ve never worn golf shoes around the clock and into the next day. It’s like when you go snow skiing. The best thing is to take off those snow boots.”

Over his 22-1/2 rounds, Kurtz shot an average score of around 70, including four rounds in which he shot his age or better. As he got closer to his old record Wednesday evening, he said his army of volunteers gave him all the motivation he needed.

“I was excited as we got closer and closer,” said Kurtz, whose best scores of the marathon came when he shot 64 during his 12th and 13th rounds. “We had so many volunteers out there all the time, we couldn’t even think of not getting there.”

Kurtz finished the first night — around 4:40 a.m. — with 234 holes in the book and stupefied at his own tenacity. After taking a 20-minute break, he got back on the course in time for daylight and set his sights on 400, the goal he set for himself before the marathon.

“After last year, playing 220 holes, I really didn’t think anyone could play more than that,” Kurtz said, adding he used a single glow-in-the-dark ball to play through the night.

And Kurtz did play many more than 220, despite facing a new problem Thursday morning. All day Wednesday, Kurtz was able to play on a clear course after it was rented out by members of his church. But Thursday the crowds were back, though Kurtz said everyone was understanding.

“Everything just worked really well, and it was cool this morning,” Kurtz said, adding he played 81 holes during daylight Thursday as others allowed him to play through. “I’m just thrilled, and I’m thrilled with the response from the community.”

Sitting on 396 consecutive holes played by mid-morning on Thursday, Kurtz knew he needed just half a round to break 400. With the finish line in sight, Kurtz said he played some of his best golf — until he got to the putting green.

“That was the best nine holes that I hit the ball,” Kurtz said of his last half round. “I hit the ball so good, just so solid, and struck the irons and kept missing all these little putts.

“But by then I’d lost my concentration on my putting.”

That last nine wasn’t too bad for Kurtz, who shot a 34 despite the bogey on nine.

“It’s just amazing he could strike the ball as well for as long as he played,” said Craig, who added Kurtz shot 64 during his 12th and 13th rounds.

The new record will also be sent to Guinness, which will investigate whether to add Kurtz’s record to its list. In the meantime, Kurtz said he’ll be happy to enjoy normal life again.

“A hot shower was great,” he said. “The best hot shower I can remember. That golf course is pretty stale.”

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