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by Nick Mason
Jan 27, 2012 | 1336 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Andrew Steines, 9, of Carver, takes the ceremonial first swing during the Soggy Bottom III snow golf tournament Saturday at Riverside Park in Carver.
Andrew Steines, 9, of Carver, takes the ceremonial first swing during the Soggy Bottom III snow golf tournament Saturday at Riverside Park in Carver.
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About 100 golfers played in the snow Jan. 21 at Riverside Park in Carver to raise money for a Carver boy losing sight and needing expensive vision tests.

Golfers used golf clubs, hockey sticks and other devices to smack tennis balls over the improvised 18-hole layout on a sunny yet blustery afternoon – and many looked like pros, including two hole-in-one shots by Russ Boegeman and John von Walter.

The third annual Soggy Bottom III tournament was sponsored by the Carver Lions Club and Carver Fire & Rescue Department as a benefit to raise money for Andrew Steines, 9, of Carver.

“It was pretty crowded all day, probably 100 golfers and 50 spectators. It was double the amount of people we had last year,” tournament co-chair Tim Craig said. “We ran out of chili and some other stuff.

“I do think there is an Andrew effect to the whole thing,” Craig said. “When you can put a face to the project, it makes a big difference. Anytime you can get that many people together to volunteer their time for somebody, it’s very cool.”

Craig said the golf tournament raised $2,000 to $3,000 for the Steines family. Still to come are proceeds from a drawing for an an-nual membership to Dahlgreen Golf Club, which is scheduled Feb. 3 during the Carver Fire Relief Association annual steak fry at Carver City Hall.

Andrew said he could not find his intended hockey stick at home, so he instead brought a golf club to take the ceremonial first tee shot to start tournament play. He whacked the tennis ball half way toward the hole.

“Andrew and his family had a blast,” Craig said. “I think he played the course twice. He was the last kid playing.”
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