Durham man plays golf 24-hours straight to benefit military families

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A golfer in Durham is playing a round of golf for 24-hours straight to raise awareness for the men and women who have died fighting for our country.

Playing golf has been one of Karl Kimball’s favorite sports since he was young.

Monday, he’s turned that hobby into a mission as he began playing non-stop for 24 hours.

He started at 6 p.m. on Hillandale golf course.

“It’s called diversion,” said Kimball, director of Amerazil Golf. “If you draw people’s attention to something that’s unusual or a little larger than life, so to speak, it draws people back to the reason why you’re doing it.”

He’s doing it to raise money towards education for children in military families.

Kimball is all about raising awareness.

In addition to the golf marathon, Kimball has spray painted the 191 names of men and women from North Carolina who have died fighting for the U.S.

“It started out as an awareness program,” he said. “But I had a retired Marine come in to my office, and tears were rolling down his face. All he did was shake my hand, turn around, and left. Then I realized, it’s more of a memorial than it is an awareness.”

Friends said Kimball is known for giving back.

“He’s a hero in my eyes,” said Dennis Zimmer. “He tries to give back and what he does to this club here, yearlong, 365 days a year, is all about giving back.”

This is the fourth year Kimball has done the memorial and every year golfers pay their respect.

“We are in a free country, but the only reason we are is because of these soldiers that have fought and lost their lives,” said Zimmer.

Kimball said the money raised from the event will go to the Folds of Honor nonprofit to empower the lives of deserving military families.

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