Reno, NV (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Erik Verhey is a freshman at Bishop Manogue High School. When he’s not in the classroom, you can find him at Arrowcreek Golf Course brushing up on his game.
“Golf is just the greatest game,” Erik says. “It’s such a great challenge and it’s so much fun to be outside.”
Erik played in a few tournaments this year on the Miners Varsity team. His high school coach, Chris Trevino, says he’s known Erik for several years and his game is getting better every day.
“His game is really coming along,” Chris says. “He’s got a lot of power off the tee, and if we can clean up the short game a little bit, he’s going to be tough to handle.”
Erik isn’t your average 15-year old. Instead of planning his summer vacation, he’ll be holding a Golf-A-Thon next week raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
“I first became aware of the disease when my grandma was diagnosed, and I wanted to find a way to help and honor her. There’s just so many memories taken away.”
Erik hopes to play 72 holes in one day. He plans on getting to Arrowcreek at 5 A.M., at the crack of dawn, and play until it gets dark. Exhaustion is going to hit, but there’s going to be one thing on his mind to get him through this long and tough day.
“I’m just going to be thinking about my grandma and how much it means to her for me to raise awareness and resources for this disease,” Erik said.
The endurance aspect of golf is often overlooked, but Chris says the event will take a toll on Erik, explaining that the first 36 holes will be physical, the last 36 will be mental.
“As the day continues to progress, it’s going to be get more and more difficult, mentally. He’s got one of the strongest minds of any kid I coach,” says Chris. “Just as long he keeps some water in him, give him a sandwich every once in a while, he’ll be alright.”
For more information on how to help Erik reach his goal of $5,000 in donations, please visit: http://www.ajga.org/PIF/HomePages/indexHolesNew.asp?UID=172948