100 holes of golf in a single day. An imposing task, but one Superior National Golf Course Head Professional Heath Ekstrom was up to.
"It was pretty rewarding," said Ekstrom after finishing his 100th hole. "Now I'm going to keep on going as long as I can until the end of daylight or I just don't want to do it anymore."
Ekstrom's marathon round served two purposes. First, he was raising money for Folds of Honor, an organization which gives scholarships to families of servicemen and women killed in action. Ekstrom was also honoring Llusten native and World War II veteran George Nelson who donated the land Superior National sits on.
Touring the course in a cart decked out in the Stars and Stripes, Ekstrom met, then passed his goal.
"To do 100, my back is a little bit tight, but I think I can keep going," he said.
And for Ekstrom a little pain was a small sacrifice compared to those who gave so much.
"This is just golf," said Ekstrom. "For what they do daily in combat or just being a part of the military, the sacrifice they give is their lives and I'm just playing golf. It's very easy to keep on going, what they have to do is much harder than what I'm doing."
With one challenge in the books, Ekstrom looks forward to more.
"As long as I can, I'm going to keep this going," Ekstrom said. "I also want to turn this into event for everybody to raise funds and have people enjoy a nice tournament day also."
In all, Ekstrom played 122 holes and thanks to pledges and donations, raised about $3,500 for Folds of Honor.