Former CSS Hockey Coach Mark Wick to Golf 132 Holes in One Day to Raise Awareness for Mental Health
The Hermantown native will take on the challenge at the Bulrush Golf Club in Rush City.
HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Former St. Scholastica men’s hockey coach Mark Wick has been a strong advocate for mental health awareness for the past several years. And now, in honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Wick will shine a light on the topic while taking some swings in the tee box.
Next Tuesday, the Saints all-time winningest coach will attempt to golf 132 holes from sunrise to sunset. The amount comes from the number of suicides per day on average, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
“Especially now with the mental health issues going on with all these athletes and students that are doing things virtually, this is uncharted territory and it’s having a huge effect on people’s mental health. I wish there were fewer deaths than that so I wouldn’t have to golf as many holes, but I just thought that was something that I could do to hopefully help raise some awareness,” Wick said.
The Hermantown native will take on the challenge at the Bulrush Golf Club in Rush City. If it gets too dark to play, he will finish the rest of the holes on the course’s golf simulator.
“I’m not a great golfer so it will be a challenge. The golf course where I’m doing it at has been super helpful. I’ll be the first one out in the morning so I know my first 18 should go pretty quickly. I know I’m not going to be spending a lot of time looking for lost balls or anything like that. I’ll just try to get through it,” said Wick.
Wick will also be raising funds for the Face It Foundation which helps men understand and overcome depression. If you would like to donate, click here.