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Charlies Golfing Club Update

Upon his return from Texas for the rest of the month of April, Charlie played at seven golf courses and beat his goal at each course with the best round being at Braemar at -23 under his goal. Also, April saw Charlie’s first birdie and he has added 31 pars and played his first under 80 round of 18 in this month.

A wind-swept day at Bellwood Oaks in Hastings on April 12th. Charlie spent the day battling the winds trying to figure out which way his ball was going to go. He had to move back in tee boxes as Bellwood only had their white tees out at 6,487 yards. With a revised goal of 123, Charlie finished with a 107 (-16 below his goal to beat) (55-52). His best chance for par came on hole #17 (184 yards), but Charlie three putted for a bogey. He finished with eight other bogeys and a disappointing 37 putts.

Two years ago, Charlie played his first round at Boulder Pointe and shot a 115. Last year, he posted a 105 and this year with a goal to beat of 114, Charlie shot a 98 (48-50) on April 18th. He recorded 4 pars on holes #1 (302 yards), #10 (282), #11 (295) & #13 (140) and 5 bogeys. His putting was up to speed on this beautiful day with 30 putts including 8 - one putt holes. He was 16 shots below his goal despite adding 6 penalty shots to his round. Could Charlie top his performance at Boulder Pointe? Yes he can! Playing on the Castle nine and Hays nine at Braemar (5,419 yards) in Edina, Charlie with a goal to beat of 116, shot a 93 (46-47). His putting was picture perfect on the front nine with 13 putts in the first nine (31 total putts) and he followed that up by hitting 6 of the remaining nine par 4 & 5 fairways. He recorded three pars on holes #1 (346 yards), #7 (165) & #12 (98), 10 bogeys and five double bogeys. This was only the third time ever that Charlie has had all 18 holes at a double bogey or below.

Next up was Bristol Ridge on April 25th. Hitting from 5,311 yards with a revised goal of 114, Charlie was battling through the first nine holes to stay in the fairway. He recorded a 49 through nine, then stepped his game up a notch by hitting 5 of the remaining 7 fairways and posted a 45 for an 18 hole total of 94, 20 shots below his goal. He finished with three pars on holes #8 (177 yards), #11 (128 yards) and hole #17 (139 yards). He was disappointed in his putting with 35 putts. He also recorded 10 bogeys and 5 double bogeys.

Another remarkable round in which Charlie is on the verge of breaking out. The site was Brookview GC in Golden Valley and the goal to beat was 114. Charlie recorded a par in three of the first four holes that he played and was looking at a personal-best round, before he cooled off for a 46 front nine. He posted one more par on hole #12 (272 yards) and a back nine 49 for a total score of 95. He hit 9 of 14 fairways and posted 31 putts. His front nine pars came on holes #2 (444 yards), #3 (412) and #4 (166) and he had 7 bogeys.

Due to a mix up in tee times at another course, Charlie headed to Gem Lake Hills on May 2nd and thanks to the generously of Matt Greer and the staff, Charlie completed 18 holes as they comped his round which will go to charity. Hitting from 3,208 yards and a goal to beat of 97, Charlie shot under 80 for the first time ever as he posted a 75 (36-39). He also recorded his first birdie of the year on hole #11 (215 yards) and added three pars on holes #4 (163), #12 (132), and #17 (154). He had 31 putts for the day. He had the best round ever with 15 of his holes being bogey and under and his 18 shots over par were the second-best ever.

A tough golf course, Charlie found at the Cannon Golf Club on May 3rd. With a goal to beat of 112, Charlie had to battle just to get under 100 with a 99 (48-51). He was able to post two pars on holes #3 (279 yards) and #18 (403 yards). He also had 6 bogeys and 9 double bogeys with only hole #10 and a missed third putt giving Charlie a triple bogey. He was very pleased with his sand play and tee drives with 9 of 14 in the fairways and recorded 33 putts.

Although, not recorded for Charlies Golfing Club action, Charlie is also participating as a first time member of the Tartan High School Varsity Golf Team. Every match for Charlie is getting better and better as he started out as the sixth golfer out of six and has worked his way up to challenging for the 2nd golfer position. He has participated in a total of seven varsity nine or 18 hole matches with him finishing under his goal to beat in every match. His last two matches were at Bellwood Oaks, Hastings where he finished with a nine-hole 49 and tied for the low Tartan scorer and his latest match was an 18 hole event at Oak Glen, Stillwater where he shattered his goal to beat of 118, by posting a 95 and was the 2nd lowest Tartan golfer. Barring weather cancellations, Charlie has five matches scheduled with the final being on May 20th at the conference championships at Keller GC. You can find more up to date information on Twitter @cbristowgolf or Facebook at


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