A Day on the Links

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On Wednesday, August 7, 1929, Francis “Red” Lyons, a 17-year-old assistant pro at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse, played 173 holes at the Skaneateles Country Club in an attempt to set a record for continuous play. Lyons and his caddy, Tom Kelly, began at 4:45 a.m. and finished at 7:15 p.m., playing the nine-hole course 18 times, with an extra hole for good measure. Late in the effort, the pair discarded the golf bag, carried just a few clubs, and ran from shot to shot. They took one 30-minute break at noon to eat, but otherwise kept moving, and played for just short of 15 hours. The Syracuse Journal account noted that Lyons averaged 84 strokes per round.

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Photo by Eddie Griffin; Kelly on the left, Lyons on the right.

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