DENVILLE - A North Jersey man and his friend are playing 100 holes of golf to raise awareness for autism. 

Kevin Vedder, of Westfield, and his childhood friend started playing at 5 a.m. Monday at the Rockaway River Country Club in Denville.

The goal is to raise money for an autism charity, since Vedder's 5-year-old son is autistic.

"We're supporting Els For Autism, which is a foundation started by professional golfer Ernie Els, whose son has autism," Vedder says. "He's creating a center for excellence, where people can be under one roof -- speech pathologists and doctors -- in the hope of finding a cure."

So far, they have raised more than $12,000 for the foundation. The event was part of the Hundred Hole Hike, a national golf marathon that raises money for a wide variety of charities.