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Charlie's Golfing Club update

Charlie started the first weekend in September with three golfing events in three days. On Saturday, September 6th, the Teddy Bear Hugs U held their annual fundraiser at Oneka Ridge Golf Course in White Bear Lake. He was based on hole #9, hitting tee shots for all the groups with proceeds benefiting Washington County 4H. Charlie wants to thank Tom and all of his family for allowing Charlie to participate on hole #9 (137 yards) to raise money for Washington County 4H with teams choosing Charlie to join their team for that hole. He raised $230 this year and enjoyed his day.

All good streaks come to an end as Charlie's goal to beat for Stillwater Oaks was a 113 and he shot a 114 (56-58) ending his streak of 20 consecutive golf courses which he beat his goal. Nothing seemed to work as he hit with his 3 Wood off the tee, but only to 3 of 14 fairways. Putting seemed to pull him out sometimes, but 35 putts did not favor him. However, he did not get skunked for pars as he recorded one on hole #9 (278 yards). Time to start a new streak!
On Monday, September 8th, Charlie took some time off of school to participate in a fundraiser at the Minnesota Valley Country Club for ABCdog.org, an organization which raises money for Autism. He enjoyed his time as he was based on hole #12 (Par 3) for the event.

Charlie was feeling better about the next stop on his tour of 30 courses as he reached and beat his goal at Krooked Kreek in Osceola, Wisconsin on September 14th. With a goal to beat of 115, Charlie shot a 105 (54-51). With the courses adapting to fall-type greens, Charlie did not expect putting to be his best, so he turned to tee drives which in the past have been a problem. Not on this day, as Charlie hit 11 of the 14 available fairways, tying the best he has ever done. He recorded two pars, one from the longest he has ever done on hole #3 (438 yards) and grabbed another on hole #17 (239 yards).

On a windy day, Charlie took to Pine Island on September 21st with a goal to beat of 115. Although, he made his goal as he posted a 111 (56-55), Charlie was not pleased as he felt he could do better. He did manage three pars on holes #4 (121 yards), #8 (257 yards) and #16 (155 yards). As the greens at this course were aerated less than a week before, Charlie expected around 36 putts for his round. He came in with 32 putts. He felt his drives were okay, but his chipping was not good.

Lots of golf action in the last weekend to close out September as temperatures soared into the low 80's. On Saturday at the David Riggs Memorial "Keep on Moving" tournament at White Eagle Golf Course, Charlie tee'd off 27 times on hole #3 for the groups and raised $435 for scholarships in David Riggs name. Everyone had a great time and Charlie made many friends. Charlie wanted to give thanks to the player who gave him a Titleist wedge at the tournament and another player who gave Charlie a PING Staff Bag. He really appreciated it and it made his day. Also, a special thanks to his golf cart driver, Annie Kostohryz, who shuttled Charlie back and forth from the tee to green and back during the event.

On Sunday, Charlie traveled to Boulder Pointe, Elko to play a round of 18 with his friend, Steve Addabbo. With a goal to beat of 115, Charlie started with a 47 on the front nine before posting a 58 for a 105. He recorded three pars on holes #2 (258 yards), #8 (124 yards) and #14 (400 (yards). With the par on hole #8, Charlies Golfing Club members have now surpassed $3,000 for the year in donations and pledges. As he winds down his season, Charlie has five more courses to get to including Legacy (Faribault), New Prague, Rum River Hills (Ramsey), Goodrich (Maplewood) and Manitou Ridge (White Bear Lake) to finish up the 2014 season.

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