What in the world would possess a 42 year old (sorry Tony- we ratted you out) to play golf for 24 hours? For starters, Tony is no stranger to adventure… Having 20 years of military service including 3 overseas deployments under his belt, running in more than 100 races (5K, 10K, triathlons, and adventure races), currently serving as the Sheriff of Black Hawk County, and a history in the Sheriff’s Office as the SWAT Team Leader have all been preparing him for this challenge.
We asked him if he was scared about being out on the back nine in the middle of the night and what he would do if he got lost out there. “No worries! As an Eagle Scout, it won’t take me long to build a fire on the 16th green to keep myself warm until sunrise.”
Okay, we made that part up.
Seriously, though, for Tony this is about so much more than a crazy stunt. “In my line of work, every day I see the need for the Boy Scouts of America. It’s all about character development and preparing kids for life. If we had more Scouts I would have less to do – and that would be a good thing!”
More About Tony:
Eagle Scout (Class of 1983)
Black Hawk County Sheriff since 2009
United States Army Military Police
Past President – Winnebago Council, BSA Board of Directors
Black Hawk County Sheriff’s SWAT Team Leader
Executive Board for Black Hawk Economic Development
Advisory Board for Aspire Therapeutic Riding Program
Serves on the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Reform Implementation Committee
Serves on the Iowa State Sheriff’s and Deputies Association’s Legislative Committee