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Stoddard embarking on golf marathon to raise money for St. Jude

Austin Stoddard will be playing 100 holes on Monday at Conewango Valley Country Club to raise money for St. Jude.

Austin Stoddard is taking a stand against cancer by playing golf. A lot of golf.

Stoddard, a scratch golfer will be playing 100 holes beginning around 5:30 a.m. Monday morning and ending at 9 p.m. at Conewango Valley Country Club.

The cause?

Stoddard is raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To date, he has raised just north of $8,000. Those who wish to donate can follow the link here – https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Challenge/Events?px=5671572&pg=personal&fr_id=107853

St. Jude makes sure families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can solely focus on helping their child. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 % to 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.

Stoddard thought the idea of a 100 hole hike was a perfect fit with helping to raise money. A highly-competitive golfer, he is looking forward to the challenge.

“I think it’s going to be really fun and exciting, and it’s all for a great cause,” he said.

There will also be a celebration dinner on Tuesday evening, filled with raffle prizes and other fun events, for all donors.

The Times Observer will have complete coverage of Stoddard’s marathon day on the links.

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