Six years ago I had the pleasure of playing alongside avid golfer Barry Gibbons. Just the greedy doesn’t even begin to describe this retired IBM VP of Sales. Barry doesn’t play golf, he devours them like his beloved sundaes of chocolate ice cream.
I met Gibbons on what was a typical day for him. He had completed a morning 18th at the Ridgefield (Conn.) Golf course. We played a mezzo 18 together and then I left it for his last lap of the day. Again, this was a typical day for him. Ernie Banks famously said, “We play in two,” but that wouldn’t be enough golf for Gibbons, who will play an unofficial world record of 878 rounds that year. And consume a secret amount of ice cream overnight. Hey, when you spend all day every day walking, you deserve to give yourself a treat.
I hadn’t thought much about Barry in recent years until a Wisconsin man named Nolan Krentz made headlines by becoming the latest golfer to break the record for the most golf in a calendar year by playing 17,820 holes or 990 rounds. , a result recounted by Gary D’Amato of Wisconsin.Golf and which led Krentz to recently receive a plaque commemorating the feat. But as impressive as this new brand was, especially considering Krentz is not retired and has pretty much done everything in Wisconsin, I found myself defending my boyfriend Barry for doing it on longer 18-hole courses (Krentz plays nine holes. , Norsk Golf Club in Mount Horeb) and for carrying your own bag. Krentz uses a push cart. What a slacker. (Making fun of!)
Apparently, others were thinking about Barry too. And she pushed him to contact me all these years later.
“It irritates me that all these friends blow my phone up and tell me this guy broke my record!” Gibbons said.
Wait a minute. Hence Nolan Krentz it does not do it do you have the record?
That’s right, folks. As it turns out, Gibbons broke his own mark in 2020. And he didn’t even bother to tell me about it. A quick Google search, however, shows that he has told a couple of other people, including the National Golf Foundation, that he recognized his branding of him last March. Come on, Barry! You gotta give me that scoop!
Either way, it turns out that Barry was motivated by another golfer, Yancy Methvian, who broke Gibbons’ record with 911 rounds of golf played in 2019. Upon hearing this, Gibbons decided to put the record out of reach by playing. more than 100 rounds per month in 2020. He ended up playing an astonishing 1,235 rounds.
Yes, that’s a THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED THIRTY-FIVE rounds of golf in just one year. Heck, I was happy to cross the 30-round mark in 2022. As Gibbons neared the finish, his goal was 1,234 because he sounded better, but he couldn’t stop himself from playing a final round. How disgusting.
Suddenly, Krentz’s 17,820 holes had been surpassed by Barry’s 22,230. Well, it had already been passed. And the rest of the numbers surrounding Barry’s one-year milestone are just as surprising.
Playing all of his golf in Austin, where he and his wife (yes, he has a wife and four grown children) are members of The Hills at Lakeway, Gibbons averaged 3.4 rounds per day. He only took three days off all year round. And he wasn’t a choice.
“Two days were faded by the weather,” says 63-year-old Gibbons, “but I also rested on Christmas Day.”
Gibbons also wore a Fitbit during each round and ran an absurd total of 8,424 miles. He walked 16,824,607 steps and burned 1,749,289 calories. He spent a total of 3,561 hours on the golf course, for a total of nearly 10 hours a day (!) And more than 148 full days of playing. And would you look at all the golf shoes he passed?
Unfortunately, Barry believes his herculean effort caused long-term damage to his knees, so he really cut down on his golf. You know, just one round a day. As a result, he also cut back on ice cream.
“When you don’t play three rounds a day,” Gibbons says, “you have to be careful with your weight.”
Like Krentz, Gibbons’ milestones have not been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records, which requires witnesses for each round among other things. Well, I’ve seen a round and I can assure you that Barry is the real deal. He also keeps a spreadsheet with information from all his rounds of him.
But despite being in touch with Guinness and filing paperwork, Gibbons says it wasn’t good enough for official recognition and shares Krentz’s frustration in that. But to be clear, he doesn’t want to share the record for most golf played in a year with anyone.
“I’d like to get in touch with the guy in Wisconsin,” Gibbons said. “I’d tell him, ‘Maybe next year.'”
He’s joking, up to a point. In fact, both Gibbons and Krentz have asked me to contact me. Clearly, they have a lot in common and a lot of admiration for each other, so there is no controversy here. Plus, you can argue that they both deserve their own records.
Gibbons has played and walked more, but Krentz only has a nine-month window in Wisconsin to get his golf versus Barry’s year-round access to Texas courses. And at 31, Krentz, a grocery store employee and high school golf and basketball coach, doesn’t have as much free time as the retired Gibbons.
By the way, they both put it all out and are really good players. Gibbons averaged 78.46 for his 1,235 rounds and Krentz says it’s a scratch on his home court, where his best score was six under par 30.
So they both deserve a lot of accolades for all the (good) golf they’ve played. Either way, Krentz doesn’t seem too upset about not breaking the record for rounds / holes played.
“It’s really for my personal satisfaction,” says Krentz, who added that it was a couple of excellent members of his club that pushed him to be recognized. “So no, I’m not bothered in the least that he has the record. It’s just, you know, if I were at 10,000 holes, my goal next year would be 10,001 “.
Or, 17,821, because Krentz is actually on track to surpass his score this year. So Wisconsin time permitting, it will. It won’t be enough to catch Barry Gibbons. Currently.