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Charlies Golfing Club Update

After missing his goal at the Ponds at Battle Creek on August 9th by the largest margin this year, Charlie needed a break so he headed on a golfing vacation to North Dakota, Western Montana and British Columbia. He met some very grateful and generous people who donated $260 towards Fraser and Washington County 4H. He played at some exciting golf courses as his highlights included playing eight courses in eight days including three times at the #1 Rated Public Golf Course in Montana (Wilderness Club, Eureka, Montana). He also played at the most scenic golf course he has ever seen at Shadow Mountain in Cranbrook, British Columbia.

Charlie got back in action in Minnesota at Pioneer Creek in Maple Plain on August 30th. Special thanks to the staff and management at this course as they comped Charlie's round so he could donate it to Fraser and Washington County 4H. Charlie's new swing proved great too as he hit 10 of 14 fairways and posted a 95 (47-48) with 32 putts. He got 4 pars on holes #4 (351 yards), #8 (170), #12 (296) and #13 (171) and 7 bogeys. He enjoyed his playing partners and the course was excellent. He would recommend it to anyone in the area.

His next stop was a shorter course as Charlie played at Rich Valley in Rosemount on September 5th. The putting greens were not in the best of condition so Charlie had a hard time getting a good line on putts. His goal to beat was 107 and he shot a 98 (47-51), playing the Red and Blue 9's. His 39 putts disappointed him, but he also hit 8 of the 12 fairways including 5 of the last six on the Blue 9. He had two pars on holes #2 (Red-172 yards) & #6 (Blue-327 yards).

The 42nd golf course of the year saw Charlie at Riverwood National in Otsego, MN on Labor Day. With a goal to beat of 111, Charlie struggled off the bat as he shot a 57 on the front nine with no pars. To make his goal, Charlie rallied and posted a back nine 47 for a 104. He picked up two pars on the back nine at #10 (295 yards) and #15 (285 yards). His best game was driving as he hit 10 of 14 fairways and added 35 putts. The best news of the day came before the tee box on hole #11 as Charlie met a group of players and they donated $65 to Charlie's charities. This round took Charlies Golfing Club over the $4,000 mark for the season. He meets good people everywhere he goes.

On the sad occasion of his last visit to Tartan Park GC (Lake Elmo), Charlie played all 27 holes on September 12th. Earlier, Tartan Park announced that they were closing for good at the end of the 2015 golfing season. Being that Tartan Park was where Charlie played and practiced his high school golf, he was ready to take on the course one more time before its closing. He warmed up by playing the Blue course, then shifted over to the White course with a 46, then finished up with the Red course and a 45 for a final 91. This was 20 shots below his goal to beat of 111. He had four pars on holes #9 (white - 435 yards), and three pars on Red's #4 (170), #5 (381) & #7 (178) plus 10 bogeys in his 18 holes. This despite hitting only 4 of 14 fairways, but he helped himself with 30 putts.

A little off on September 13th as Charlie traveled to Tanners Brook in Forest Lake for his 44th golf course. With a goal to beat of 110, Charlie shot a 102 (50-52) with 3 pars on holes #6 (293 yards), #8 (152) and #10 (412). He had 35 putts and hit 9 of 13 fairways.

Charlie knew this was going to be a tough course the following week and The Ridges at Sand Creek was one tough course. With a goal to beat of 110, Charlie shot a 107 (50-57). He was on track to shoot under 100, but the back nine took him down. His holes were all bogeys and double bogeys until the 12th and 14th holes where he shot a 9 and 8. Otherwise, no pars as he missed a short putt on 15 for the par.

Charlie had high hopes for September, but it has not turned out to be his best month, but he will bounce back. It was a disappointing day on the golf course at Rum River Hills in Ramsey on September 27th, but Charlie is still working for every Par. With a goal to beat of 109, Charlie shot a 114 (61-53). He was not skunked however as he recorded one par on hole #15 (108 yards).

For the season going into his final four golf courses left, Charlie has 124 pars and five birdies. He has raised $2,438.50 for Washington County 4H and $2,611.50 for Fraser for a grand total of $5,070. He will play Troy Burne in Hudson, Turtleback in Rice Lake (WI), Victory Links (Blaine) & Zumbrota Golf Club to complete his year and should be finished by October 16th.

Despite his less than exciting golf play in September, Charlie completed one of his life long goals this month as he passed his drivers road test to become a full license driver and he received and accepted a job offer in the golf world working at Oak Marsh Golf Course. He is so happy and excited and hopes to turn his game around before the end of his golf season. His plans for next year with Charlies Golfing Club will depend on his golf employment at Oak Marsh. We will provide a final season wrap up in mid-October so you can turn your pledges into donations at that time.

Thank You,
Charlie Bristow


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