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Ekstrom will attempt to once again play more than 100 holes of golf in one day

Aug 25, 2017 08:25AM ● By Editor
Superior National golf pro Heath Ekstrom shows off the form that will help him play 125 holes of golf in one day. If Ekstrom played 126 holes, it would be the equivalent of playing seven rounds of 18-hole golf, which is a great month from most amateur golfers. Heath is hoping to raise $3,500 for the Folds of Honor Foundation. Folds of Honor provides college scholarships to kids and spouses of military members killed or disabled while serving in the military. Staff photo/Brian Larsen

By Brian Larsen from the Cook County News Herald - August 25, 2017

Superior National golf pro Heath Ekstrom will attempt to break his 2016 record of playing 122 holes of golf in 24 hours but admits it will be tough.

“I’m hoping to play 125 holes, but a lot of that will depend on the weather. I have a couple of glow in the dark golf balls. If there is enough moonlight, I might try to play a few holes in the dark if I have to.”

Ekstrom will take to the tee box on Sunday, September 10, starting at about 6:30 a.m. Last year he finished at 8:30 p.m. when there wasn’t enough light to play in. 

“It’s a lot of golf, but it’s for a good purpose,” he said.

Ekstrom is taking part in Patriot Golf Day, a nationwide fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships for spouses and children of military members who have been disabled or killed while serving the country.

Once again he will play to honor George Nelson Jr., who gave the land Superior National was built on to the county.

“George was a World War II veteran and a 10th Mountain Division specialist. This seems like the perfect event to honor him for what he has done for this golf course and our community,” Ekstrom said. 

As the biggest fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, Patriot Golf Day has raised more than $40 million since 2010 and given more than 10,000 scholarships since 2007.

So far $400 has been pledged to Ekstrom’s upcoming effort. His goal is to raise $3,500.

“Last year my goal was to raise $2,000, and people donated a little more than $4,000. It would be great to do that again this year,” he said.

Heath and Superior National are taking pledges and donations right up to the day of the marathon challenge. If you would like to contribute, call (218) 663-7195 or e-mail [email protected]

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