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Swing after swing, hole after hole, Michael Retter kept after it. ... All for a cause. The Lake Waramaug Country Club member toured his nine-hole home course a remarkable 36 times --that's 324 holes, folks --in one day June 19.

Yes, he was aided by a cart, but mostly he was driven by his desire to support the Western Regional Hospice and Home Care.

"It was an amazing day," Mr. Retter reported. "I want to thank everyone from Lake Waramaug for all of their support. It was great to see members waiting for me at the finish with a bottle of champagne."

Mr. Retter teed off at 4:50 a.m. at the first hint of daylight and finally putted out at 8:45 p.m., nearly 12 hours of continuous golf later.

"I want to thank all of those who made such generous donations," Mr. Retter remarked. "Using Facebook, I was able to post what I was doing and received many donations from friends I haven't seen in years."

During the course of the epic golf day, Mr. Retter took 1,385 strokes, averaging 76.94 per 18 holes with a best of 71 somewhere along the way.

He took an average of 52.94 minutes per 18 holes, three times bettering that with clockings around 46 minutes each.

Mr. Retter carded 34 birdies, 157 pars, 110 bogies and 28 double-bogeys.

In all, just for distance covered between holes, he played approximately 63.5 miles of golf that day.

"All of these donations go towards the Western Regional Hospice and Home Care," Mr. Retter said. "I'm very proud to have raised the money for such a great organization."

Those wishing to donate can do so at http://regionalhospicect.org/.

Norm Cummings