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No caddies, no carts: Three area golfers complete 100-hole challenge for Growth of the Game Foundation

Breck Gatheridge, Sully Braaten and Parker Christianson walked 22.5 miles and golfed 100 holes on Tuesday to raise money for the Growth of the Game Foundation in Detroit Lakes at Lakeview Golf Course.

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Breck Gatheridge, left, Sully Braaten, middle, and Parker Christianson take a seat after golfing 100 holes for the Grow the Game foundation at Lakeview Golf Course on Aug. 23, 2022.
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DETROIT LAKES – Breck Gatheridge said it best after spending 12 hours at Lakeview Golf Course on Tuesday doing the 100-hole challenge. "I've never wanted to sleep more in my life."

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Breck Gatheridge walks off the No. 9 green after golfing 100 holes for the Grow the Game foundation at Lakeview Golf Course on Aug. 23, 2022.
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Sully Braaten, Parker Christianson and Gatheridge walked 22.5 miles in just over half of a day to complete the 100-hole challenge, a Growth of the Game Foundation fundraiser. The three youth golfers walked the force five and a half times, amassing 17 birdies and 1006 pars in 300 combined holes.

"It's quality time with friends," Christianson said when asked what his favorite part about the challenge was. I got to golf with my friends the whole day. That's pretty fun."

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Parker Christianson walks off the No. 9 green after golfing 100 holes for the Grow the Game foundation at Lakeview Golf Course on Aug. 23, 2022.
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Growth of the Game is a local charity that's aimed at providing a safe and structured environment for kids to learn and respect the game of golf. It strives to teach sportsmanship, etiquette and the rules of golf for all ages. It hopes to instill a love for the game and an appreciation for being outdoors during Minnesota summers, according to www.growthofthegame.org . Growth of the Game also provides the necessary equipment to youth golfers and hosts charity events at local institutions, including the Detroit Lakes Boys and Girls Club.

"We want to get a lot of people out here to raise some money for the Growth of the Game foundation," Gatheridge said. "I want to try to beat my score or maybe go 101 holes next time."

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Even though the three boys played enough golf for one day, they each hope to see the 100-hole challenge grow next year. Braaten even suggested they attempt to play a few more holes.

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Sully Braaten chips onto the No. 9 green while golfing his last of 100 holes for the Grow the Game foundation at Lakeview Golf Course on Aug. 23, 2022.
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"It'd be cool to step it up a notch every year," Braaten said. "Maybe next year we will golf 105 holes. In two years, maybe it's 110–Anything to get more sponsors for Growth of the Game. But I was ready to be done today. I just tried to play (the last hole) as fast as I could."

The boys would also like to see more people get involved. Whether it's more sponsors or more players, they want to do their part in raising money for kids to grow the game of golf locally.

"I think more people will come out when we do this again next year," Christianson said. "Over time, there will be more groups of people who want to do this with us. Maybe a couple of groups in two or three years."

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Sully Braaten, left and Parker Christianson relax after golfing 100 holes for the Grow the Game foundation at Lakeview Golf Course on Aug. 23, 2022.
Jared Rubado / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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