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Flowers: Shake off the winter with NEDSRA's annual golf fundraiser

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Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 2:58 p.m. CDT
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Bruce Flowers is the marketing coordinator for NEDSRA.

Each year, NEDSRA (Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association) hosts a golf fundraiser to raise money to purchase a new van that will provide transportation for our recreational programs.

We will attempt to golf 100 holes this year on Thursday at the Salt Creek Golf Course. The Wood Dale Park District, which is part of our cooperative, reserves the course for NEDSRA sponsors and golfers as we hit little white balls into underground cups, over and over again.

Each player must collect various pledges from donors, usually $1 to $3, for each hole that is played. Some golfers will even keep score. I shot a surreal 442 in 2013, averaging 4.42 strokes per hole. Salt Creek is a fairly straight and flat course with many par 3s.

For 2013's fundraiser, I started the day taking Advil knowing there would be muscle stiffness involved since this was my first golf outing of the season. The day after the golf marathon, I took a few more pain pills and was actually feeling pretty good. Day three was a different story.

As I rose from my bed that morning, pain starting at my hip and radiating down my leg around my swollen ankle greeted me. A couple of more pain pills got me through the day. Unfortunately, it would take me half the summer to heal from a torn hip flexor muscle. Boy, was that fun.

However, because I raised more than $2,500 for NEDSRA, I can say it was worth it. This year I would like to invite any macho golfers to visit our website, nedsra.org, to fill out a form, and, if you dare, take the challenge. It’s actually a good way to shake off this long winter and start the golf season. I’ve already started doing my yoga hip stretches.

Bruce Flowers is the marketing coordinator for NEDSRA.

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