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1,440 mini golf holes in one day? A DePauw University student is trying to make it happen.

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DePow University student Cole Hetzel is less than two weeks away from taking his lifelong obsession with Guinness World Records to the next level.

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Hetzel, a 2021 high school graduate who loves sports and breaks records, combined the two and went on a journey with his father, Chris, to write his name in the book he grew up with.

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Over the past two years, the men have organized 30-hour backyard ball game marathons to break world records and raise money for charity. This summer they are going to do it, but on a larger scale and with a different sport: minigolf.

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Starting Sunday, July 31st, the Hetzels will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most mini golf holes played by four in 24 hours.

The current record is 1440 holes, 80 rounds in total, and was set back in 2005 at an indoor course in Germany.

The attempt will take place at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games Fun Center in Erlanger, Kentucky, where Cole and Chris will team up with Bob Shettinger and Tony Centers to complete their foursome.

They don’t just jump in without preparation: the men from Hetzel take part in weekly tournaments on the track.

“We’re doing it,” Cole said. Cincinnati Enquirer. “We raise money for charity. Also, we love putt-putting and we want to push ourselves to the limit to see what we can do, to try and break the world record.”

The event will focus on raising funds for Matthew 25: Ministries, an organization based in Blue Ash, Ohio that provides humanitarian and disaster relief internationally.

Fans can donate to organization website. Enter the code “PUTT” in the special field so that the Hetzels get credit for this.

Donations will also be collected at the track on the day of the event. The group plans to get sponsors for each hole.

The attempt is already registered and approved by Guinness World Records, who will have officials to make sure the record will be sanctioned if they break it. This includes the presence of witnesses to watch every hole played, the installation of cameras for video evidence, and the precise measurement of the course where the four will play. Players must also keep score themselves.

According to Cincinnati Enquirer reporter James Weber, the group would have to average about 3.5 rounds an hour to break the record by walking at least 11 miles in their 80 rounds, in addition to staying up for 24 hours.

“It’s pretty serious, but also a lot of fun,” Hetzel said. “We’re having a good time trying to break the world record, but it’s all about raising money for a good cause.”


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