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Tom Bucci makes history for a good cause

"When I was driving down [from Latham], I thought, 'What am I doing? I can't keep doing this,'" said Bucci. "Fortunately, I had a couple of friends who lived right around the corner from the golf course. So, I stayed with them Thursday and Friday night."

Once on the course, Bucci had to be quick with his pace. He averaged between three and four minutes per hole to get in as much golfing as possible.

"I'd hit the ball, get in the [golf] cart and book it to where the ball landed," said Bucci.

The weather didn't always cooperate with Bucci. A thunderstorm last Monday forced Bucci off the course for more than an hour, and he had to dodge more rain drops last Thursday.

One good thing came out of Thursday's rainy weather; Bucci recorded his first career hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole.

"I was shooting from the green tee so it was only about a 125- or 130-yard shot, but I hit it on the fly," said Bucci. "I think the guys who were with me had more fun with that than I did."

Bucci always had company on the course " a necessity to fulfill the requirements of the Guinness Book of World Records, which stipulates that any world record attempt needs a witness.

"There were witnesses " there were plenty of them, actually," said Bucci. "I sent out a [Microsoft] Excel spreadsheet to all my friends at the club to sign them up to be caddies, to drive the cart and to handle the score cards."

As Bucci made his way around Albany Country Club, his Web site " www.golfing4acure.com " kept track of his progress.

"As I turned my score cards in to [head golf pro] Glenn Davis and the pro-shop staff, they'd update the site," said Bucci.

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