Golfers participate in Junior Achievement’s 100 Hole Challenge at Brandon Golf Course

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Golfers at Brandon Golf Course were up for the challenge on Monday for a good cause.

The Junior Achievement 100 Hole Challenge tasked golfers with their longest day of golf. Golfers fundraise individually or as pairs and then play 100 holes all in support of Junior Achievement of South Dakota.                

JA is a volunteer organization that brings the business community into classrooms. JA volunteers, like our very own Mark Ovenden, serve as community role models, offering students real-life experiences through activities and hands-on learning.

“It means a lot to junior achievement to have this be one of their largest fundraisers of the year so that business people like myself can go into the classroom and teach kids about the importance of financial management,” said Matt Smith, who has participated for 14 years.

“We work with about 50 thousand kids across the state every year and this is a huge event in order to provide the dollars to make that happen,” said Junior Achievement President Kayla Eitreim.

“Junior Achievement just does a wonderful job and I don’t really have time to go in the classrooms and teach, so this is my way of contributing,” said Mark Ovenden.

This is Mark O’s 23rd year participating and as you can see from his “birdie dance” he and his partner Matt Smith did alright on the links. The 100 Hole Challenge set a goal of raising $80,000 this year.

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