Beachner played 100 holes at Johnson City Country Club, raising money for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a group that provides scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.
It was a labor of love for Beachner, the assistant golf professional at JCCC, and he figured it would be a nice way to start the week in which our country celebrates its independence.
“It was really hot, very sticky,” Beachner said. “I was doing it for a great cause and that kind of pushed me through that last 20 or 30 holes.”
Beachner solicited people to pledge amounts of money for each hole he played. His goal was 100 holes and that’s what he did. He played five complete rounds and an extra 10 holes to hit the mark.
Along the line, he had a low round of 69. His highest was 80.
“At first I was really playing fast and not paying attention to my score,” he said. “I shot 74 and then 73 and thought to myself that I can do better. That’s when I shot the 69. I was pretty ecstatic.”
The 80 was another matter.
“I kind of hit the wall,” he said.
Beachner’s younger brother is in the Marine Corps, making this endeavor close to his heart.
“It kind of strikes home sometimes knowing he’s serving,” Beachner said. “It’s kind of scary to think sometimes he may not come home. These people put their lives on the line so I can be a golf professional and you can do what you do for a living. They put their lives on the line so we can be free.”
During his golf marathon, Beachner had some special company. His wife, Amanda, rode in the cart with him the entire time. The whole event took about 8 1/2 hours.
“I just asked her to see if she wanted to ride a couple 18s with me,” he said. “Next thing you know, we’re on the last 10 holes. She drove a couple of holes so I could eat some lunch. She was there the whole time. She stuck it out with the heat and the sweating, all 100 holes. I was very happy she was there. She did it just as much as I did.”
Members of the club brought him lunch and dinner, not to mention plenty of Gatorade.
“It was fantastic,” JCCC head professional Mike Crowe said. “He got good support from the members here. A hundred holes on a day like that. That was something.”
Beachner said he’s raised about $3,000 so far. Anybody wanting to make pledges to contribute can call him at the Johnson City Country Club pro shop at (423) 928-5161 or contact him on Facebook.
“Hopefully we’re helping a lot of families out, helping a lot of kids out,” he said. “It’s all about the cause more than anything.”