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Charlie's Golfing Club update

For the fourth consecutive year, Charlie starts off August this Monday (4th) at Troy Burne (Hudson, WI) for the annual Autism Society of Minnesota golf fundraiser. For this tournament, Charlie will be based on hole #15 and he will hit the first tee shot and putt for all the groups coming through to help better their score. Charlie has made some amazing putts here and this year should be no exception.

In looking back at Charlie’s July schedule, he ended up with three courses he handed pretty well, one medium course and one at which he struggled. It did not take a rocket scientist to figure that the first-time course (Valley View) was the one he was going to struggle with. However, Charlie started July in good fashion. For the first 15 holes at the Majestic Oaks Crossroads course (July 4th), Charlie had bogeys at 11 of the 15 holes. He was ready to break out, but with only three holes left, what to do? On hole #16, Charlie recorded his first par of the day from 244 yards. followed by a double bogey on hole #17 and the round seemed lost, but Charlie ended it in dramatic fashion. On the 390 yard, hole #18 (Par 5), Charlie took his tee drive to the right rough, followed by a 3-Hybrid to within 125 yards out and a 5-Iron to the right rough next to the hole. From 29 feet away from the hole, Charlie chipped it in for only his sixth birdie ever and second this year. Charlie was so close earlier, but missed some par putts. Even then, Charlie finished with 31 putts, but only hit 6 of the 14 fairways. He was 21 shots under his goal and finished with a 94 (50-44). The 8 shots above par on the back nine was the second best he has ever done. What to do when you only hit 4 of 13 fairways? Have 11 putts in the first nine holes and 25 putts (both all-time personal records) through 18 holes to make up for the lack of driving accuracy. Charlie scored a 94 (49-45) at Mount Frontenac (July 6th), beating his goal by 23 shots. He posted his third birdie of the year on hole #3 (163 yards) by dropping a 47-foot putt from off the green which is only the second longest putt he has ever made. Also, Charlie added three pars on the back nine including the longest par 5 he has ever made on hole #12 (423 yards).

A special thank you to Diane, Colin & Lisa Stuhr for inviting Charlie to base himself at hole #7 for the Rick Stuhr Memorial Golf Tournament (July 12th) at Manitou Ridge (White Bear Lake). Despite the rainy conditions, Charlie made some amazing tee shots and putts for many of the groups that added him on to their group for a small donation to Washington County 4H. Overall, Charlie raised $337 this year, well above the $250 raised last year at this event.
A round to struggle through as Charlie shot a 109 (55-54) at Valley View (July 14th). This was a challenging course which he would recommend to anyone who wanted to challenge their game. Water on the course shortened one hole so Charlie played from the revised distance of 4,996 yards with a revised goal to beat of 115. He felt encouraged to be under his goal, but not the performance of the last two courses. Charlie got one par on hole #4 (258 yards). He dropped in another long putt from 28 feet, but had 33 putts and only hit 5 of 13 fairways. Overall, a round to put in the rear view mirror.

Not a record-breaking day at Gopher Hills, but a good one to bounce back from a sub-par one. Charlie kept his score under 100 by shooting a 96 (47-49) today. He recorded three pars at the 6th (130 yards), 9th (322 yards) and the 13th (131 yards) holes. The par on the 9th hole was the longest one he has ever accomplished on a par 4 to date. He had 35 putts and was hitting 8 of 14 fairways. Special thanks to Mr. Petric for the comp donation of a golf cart which Charlie well appreciated and adds to the 4H total for the day.

Charlie made his annual visit to Braemar, Edina (July 27th) With a goal to beat of 119, Charlie shot a 103. The front nine was especially troubling for Charlie as he shot a 58, but he recovered on the back nine with two pars, five bogeys and two double bogeys. His pars came on hole #17 (152 yards) and hole #18 (221 yards). He had 33 putts and hit 5 of the 14 fairways. Charlie would like to thank the group he was golfing with and especially the couple who made a donation to 4H.

With a season-long goal to raise $2,500 for 4H, Charlie has now reached $2,406.80 through 17 of his 30 courses. Although, he will soon reach his goal, he is going to press on as he has 13 courses including five new courses left to visit. He hopes his visit to the new courses will be better than his recent trip to Valley View, but he is encouraged to know that he has made or bettered his scoring goal at 16 consecutive courses. For the season, he has 56 pars and 3 birdies. At this time last season, Charlie had 27 pars and one birdie so he has doubled his output from last season.

The month of August looks very interesting as Charlie has plans to play at four more courses including Turtleback (Rice Lake, WI), Hidden Haven (Cedar) and Stillwater Oaks. Also, Charlie has recently received an invitation to play at the famed Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska). Charlie will fully relish this opportunity to play at the course which is to receive some of the best golfers in the world in 2016 for the Ryder Cup. He has had an exciting summer and it is not over yet. We thank you for showing your interest in Charlies Golfing Club.

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