One for the record books
Senior Cody Miller broke the Guinness world record for number of holes of disc golf played in a 24 hour period when he completed his 1,621st hole, on Sunday at 4:32 a.m. Miller finished with 1,638 completed holes at Bobby Ford Park playing for 19 hours and 58 minutes, raising a total of $1,445 to be donated to Human Rescue and Restore Coalition, an organization that aims to prevent human trafficking.
The timers began on Saturday, 8:58 a.m. Pastor Brad Fuerst, Miller’s Lutheran campus minister, began by reading Bible verses Isaiah 40:28-31 and Luke 4:16-20, verses that discuss strength when growing weary and helping those in need through God.
“It may sounds like the cheesiest thing ever, but I had a moment at hole 1511 where I thought about quitting, but because of you guys I was able to go the whole way and now we’re sitting here at 1,629,” said Cody Miller about his record breaking performance.
“Over the next 24 hours, no doubt you will grow weary,” Fuerst said. “But every time you pick that disc up from the basket, I want you to picture those victims.”
Miller began the day on a hot streak, hitting 15 straight birdies in his opening 40 minutes. His girlfriend, senior Hotel Restaurant Management major Caitlin O’Brien, cheered alongside his family and friends, noting that he still had “a lot of spirit.”
“Yeah, but I’m only 40 minutes in,” Miller said.
Miller’s streak continued into the afternoon as he hit 33 birdies in a row, en route to 322 completed holes by the three hour mark, setting his pace for a total of 2,576. Twelve hours later, his pace began to slow, and his friends suggested that he take a nap.
“There are too many people here to take a nap,” Miller said. “Everyone’s basically here for me.”
On his 1,512th hole, Miller had to stop play, and bent over to vomit. Despite looking like he had succumb to exhaustion, Miller began playing at a faster pace and nearly birdied every hole while never going over par.
“You can tell his mood has changed,” O’Brien said. “He shoots with his head up now. He’s motivated.”
Miller took one last break with 37 holes left to play.
“I’m just going to finish it,” Miller said. “Let’s do it.”
As he approached hole 1,620, the current record, Miller asked for his yellow and orange disc, and went par to tie the record. The next hole, hole #1, the hole where Miller has had the most consistent success, he sunk a birdie 4:32 a.m. to break the Guinness world record and finished the round before addressing his supporters.
“It may sounds like the cheesiest thing ever, but I had a moment at hole 1511 where I thought about quitting, but because of you guys I was able to go the whole way and now we’re sitting here at 1,629,” Miller said. “Good luck at work this week. It might be a rough week for you.”
Miller played one last round to pick up the flags used to mark the holes before ending his day.