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Golf marathon covers 100 holes in one day for local trio

From left, Michael Storandt, Ben Goehring and Sarah Storandt walk down a fairway at Village Green Golf Course in Moorhead during the trio’s golf marathon to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota on Monday. The three teed off at 4:57 a.m. in order to get 100 holes played in one day. Nick Wagner / The Forum

Moorhead - Sarah Storandt, Michael Storandt and Ben Goehring had to get an early start at the golf course Monday morning if they were going to meet their goal of golfing 100 holes in one day.

At 4:57 a.m., the trio teed off at Village Green Golf Course and kept at it all day in the quest of completing a golf marathon, which is defined as playing 100 holes in one day. They finished at 8:14 p.m., just before it started raining.

By 11 a.m. they had already put in 43 holes and walked 14 miles, but playing several rounds in one day is nothing new for the Storandt siblings and Goehring.

“Last year we were playing a round together about two weeks before the summer solstice, and I made the suggestion that we should try to play as many holes as possible on the solstice,” said Goehring, a 2013 graduate of Fargo Oak Grove High School. “Our goal was to play 72 holes because that is about the equivalent to walking 26 miles or close to a marathon. We ended up playing 81 holes that day, and it was a lot of fun.”

It was a lot work too. A repeat performance wasn’t booked immediately.

“I don’t think any of us thought we’d ever try anything like that again, but here we are,” said Michael Storandt, who is a sophomore at the University of North Dakota and 2013 graduate of Fargo Shanley High School.

All three golfers work at Village Green in the summer, and this time around they are playing for a good cause.

They are raising money for Special Olympics Minnesota – an organization that Sarah and Michael have volunteered with for several years.

“We decided that if we ever attempted it again we would do it for charity,” said Sarah, a senior golfer at North Dakota State and 2011 graduate of Fargo Shanley High School. “We put up posters all around the golf course to promote it and try to get people to donate.”

Starting early is the key to avoid the summer crowds – a problem they ran into in their attempt last year.

“There was a little more planning that went into this time around,” said Goehring, who is studying political science and sociology at George Washington University in Washington. “I think we are more organized than we were last year.

“We are golfing at a two and a half-hour pace per 18 holes, which is good,” he added. “The wind has been tough, but I think it’s kept the golf course open to us, which has been nice. We picked the least busy day to try this, which has helped.”

Donations rolled in the last month, and some came in the form of pledges, for example 25 cents per hole.

“We came out to men’s night at the course a few weeks ago to share our story and got a lot of support,” Michael Storandt said. “People asked us about it and how they could contribute.”

Sarah Storandt estimates the trio raised more than $1,000 Monday.

Other than periodic water breaks, it was non-stop until lunch, which occurred after the group finished three rounds – 54 holes.

“We have been getting a lot of support from local golfers, and people let us play through on a few holes so we can keep up our pace,” said Sarah Storandt.

One hundred holes is a little more than five rounds of golf, which means a lot of walking.

In other words, fatigue sets in.

Ben Wolbaum – Michael Storandt’s former teammate at Shanley – played 18 holes with the group to break up their routine a bit and offer some moral support.

“The mental toughness comes into play around Hole 54,” Michael Storandt said. “That is when you just have to tell yourself to keep going and grind it out.”

Tom Mix
Tom Mix is the North Dakota high school sports reporter. He's worked at The Forum for five years. He was the 2013 North Dakota sportswriter of the year, an award that is sponsored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to letters@forumcomm.com  
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