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Charlie's Golfing Club update

Charlie started off May just the way he ended April with some exciting performances and more personal records broken. For the second consecutive week, Charlie's game was on fire as he shot an 82 (40-42) at Glen Lake, Minnetonka on May 4th. Charlie posted 6 pars which was the most he has ever had in a round of 18. He also scored 20 shots over the par of 62 which was the lowest he has ever done. For the 2nd week, he had only one hole above a double bogey as a penalty shot added to his score of 8 on his second attempt on hole #5. His 6 pars came twice on hole #2 (129 yards), hole #7 (129 yards), and once on hole #4 (131 yards) and hole #8 (119 yards).

Not as impressive as the last two weeks, but a fine day for Charlie at Begin Oaks on May 11th. With a goal to beat of 108, Charlie shot a 95 (49-46) with four pars. His putting disappointed him with 37 putts and he hit only 8 of 14, par 4 fairways. His pars came on holes #1 (270 yards), #4 (277 yards), #6 (200 yards) and #7 (211 yards). That makes 13 pars and one birdie in the last 3 courses. Special thanks to the people at Begin Oaks for their comp donation of $22 to Washington County 4H.

For the fourth course in a row, Charlie posted at least four pars or birdies in a round of 18. This time it was at Lost Spur, Eagan (May 18th) where Charlie shot a 96 (47-49). With the red tee box on hole #1 placed 102 yards closer to the hole than the scorecard, Charlie's revised goal to beat of 110 left him 14 shots better than his goal. Pars were made twice on hole #3 (97 yards) and once on hole #2 (205 yards) and hole #6 (208 yards). He hit 8 of the 14 fairways and posted 34 putts. Even at hole #7 (429 yards), Charlie nearly made a fifth par with missed putt to complete a bogey 6.

So many firsts and so many bests today at the Ponds at Battle Creek last Saturday. As shown, Charlie has made so much progress since 2009 when he started playing golf. Charlie played at the Ponds for the first time in 2012 and shot a 142. Last year, Charlie posted at 105 at the Ponds and this year Charlie posts an 86 (43-43). He had the most pars in a round at 7 and had the lowest 18 hole score over par ever at +16 over par 70. His goal to beat coming in was 110 and he shattered that with the 86. Charlie's pars came from every distance as he had two pars at the 70-yard, hole #4, two pars at the 128-yard, hole #2, one par each at the 232-yard, hole #1 and pars at the 403 yard, hole #7 and the 407 yard, hole #5. His par on hole #7 was accomplished by dropping a 28 foot putt which was in the grass off the green. He wants to thank Brad Behnke at the Ponds for their comp donation of his round and two of Charlie's friends which he met in the clubhouse who made donations to 4H.

Hard to top the best round that you ever had, but Charlie gave it a try as with a goal to beat of 113, Charlie played an 18 hole round at Victory Links, Blaine last Sunday. Last season, Charlie shot a 104 at Victory Links and he improved on that with a 95 (46-49) today. His ball felt like it had a magnet that attracted sand bunkers so he was there many times today. Despite all this, he did manage 3 pars (27 for the season) on the 397-yard, hole #2 and one each on the 132-yard, holes #7 & 17. He was only able to hit 2 of the 13 fairways, but his putting saved him as he had 30 putts (tying for fifth best).
June looks interesting as Charlie will head to longer and longer golf courses. On June 1st, Charlie is expected to play at Dwan Golf Club, Bloomington. His goal to beat is 111 and he will play from 4,585 yards. On June 8th, Charlie is scheduled for Oak Marsh in Oakdale. His goal to beat is 114 and he will play from 4,750 yards. Following Oak Marsh, Charlie will take a two-week break and head to Afton Alps, Hastings to round out the month of June on the 29th.

Through 8 golf courses visited, Charlie’s game has been remarkable as he has 27 pars and 1 one birdie for the season compared to 11 pars at this time last year. To date, Charlies Golfing Club members have donated $557 in donations and Charlie’s performance, comp donations from golf courses visited have resulted in an additional $884.40 in donations and pledges for a grand total of $1,401.40. Charlie season long goal is $2,500.

You can keep up with Charlie through Facebook at Charlies Golfing Club and Twitter @cbristowgolf



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