REED Shohoney, left, and Stephen Lunde don Folds of Honor shirts as the sun sets on their marathon golf day earlier this month. Each golfed 83 holes over 13 hours to raise $871.50 for the military organization. submitted photo
by Ariana Hones
The noon sun was just overhead as Stephen Lunde of Roscoe, Ill., and Reed Shohoney of Ripon approached their 50th hole of the day Monday, July 9.
Already out on the greens of The Golf Courses of Lawsonia for four hours, they took a break in the shade to go over their goals.
At 50 holes in, Shohoney only need four more to surpass his record number of holes golfed in one day.
Lunde needed 42 more.
But this “golf marathon” wasn’t for personal gain, but rather to raise awareness and money.
Lunde and Shohoney were taking a day off from working in the pro shop and on the course to raise funds for Folds of Honor.
“Folds of Honor is an organization that raises money for children and spouses in military families that have had someone killed or disabled in war,” Lunde said. “By doing this fund-raiser, we are giving money toward scholarships for young people. I thought it would be a cool thing to be a part of.”
Once the money is donated to Folds of Honor, students nationally will be able to apply for scholarships from the organization.
Lunde is an incoming senior at University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in PGA golf management. He first learned of the Folds of Honor while attending a PGA conference in Orlando, Fla.
“I got to meet the guy who started it all, a former National Guard and current PGA pro, and our PGA program in Lincoln does a lot with the organization, so I knew I wanted to bring it to Green Lake this summer,” he said.
As a PGA pro intern this summer at Lawsonia, Lunde is learning how to manage a golf course and is excited about the legacy of this fund-raiser.
“It is fun and for a good cause,” he said. “I am hoping that next year the managers of Lawsonia can keep it running because Lawsonia is such a great spot. My sights are on it growing into a big annual event that community members can come and participate in.”
Lunde asked Shohoney to join in the efforts and together they raised money from family and Lawsonia golf members. For each hole they played collectively, they earned $10.50 for Folds of Honor.
“It is such a great way to raise money because you just get to play golf all day,” Shohoney said.
Both Lunde and Shohoney have only been taking golf “seriously” for the last several years.
While their passion for the sport has evolved, both are enthusiastic about how the game can be about more than just the time spent on the greens.
They hope their golf marathon can offer a lasting impact.
With a starting goal of 72 holes, the young men ended their 13-hour day playing 83 holes of golf and raising $871.50.
They also collected $1,266 through a raffle and other donations for a total of $2,137.50, smashing their goal of raising more than $1,000 for Folds of Honor.
After this summer, Lunde will complete his final year of college and hopes to stay in Lincoln for a few years before heading down south or out west to manage a golf course.
“It would be nice to be somewhere where I could work year-round, weather-wise, but it would also be nice not to,” Lunde said with a smile.
With a little luck, his fund-raising dreams for Lawsonia may last a little longer, too.