A.J.’s Mini Golf open this weekend

By on September 2, 2016

Proceeds benefit Louisiana flood victims

At the start of the summer, our 8-year-old Bonfield Elementary student, Austin, began tinkering around with scrap lumber, bricks, etc. and came up with a series of mini golf holes for his little brother to play. When I realized that he was onto something, I suggested that he try for an entire course. He began drawing out designs, visiting local courses for inspiration, and scouring the house for materials. In the end he came up with nine holes, all situated throughout our property.

Although I typically keep him away from news outlets, I did show him some footage of the Louisiana floods and it struck a chord with him. He wanted to donate any money that was raised to help those in need. We decided upon Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Fund. Since WGAL covered the event, we’ve been put in touch with a specific friend of a friend who we can split the funds with.

On Friday, Aug. 26, we opened up the course hoping to raise $100. We created a Facebook event and shared it with friends, neighbors and family. We had colored golf balls, score cards, and putters (for kids and adults).

You can imagine our surprise when over $600 was raised throughout the weekend. One night was simply not enough! Around 100 people stopped in to play and donate! We’ve had multiple requests to reopen it, so that’s what we’re doing. The course will be open this Saturday, Sept. 3,  from 5 to 8 p.m. at 29 Whitcraft Drive, Lititz.

The course includes a pipe hole, a loopy tire hole, a water hazard hole, a real sand trap, and more. Those able to hit a hole-in-one at hole #9 were awarded a prize. And yes, it was possible. Shown are some photos from last weekend’s event.

In the words of Austin, who is a self-proclaimed Lego-maniac and builds things all the time, “It’s definitely one of the best things I’ve built. It’s been fun working on it and it feels great to give back to others in need.”

Submitted by Austin’s mother, Marni Van Grouw

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