Par for the Cause: Golfing 555 holes in one day to fight autism

It's truly one of the most amazing events each year in Michiana.

From the first sight of light until the end of the night, Eberhart Petro golf pro Ben Berger will not stop golfing. Berger will attempt to golf 555 holes this year to support the Sonya Ansari Center for Autism at Logan.

"I will absolutely kill myself if I have to to get to 555," Berger said on Monday. "There's no doubt in my mind I'll get there."

The remarkable day long event called---Par for the Cause--- is now in its 4th year and will take place this Saturday at Eberhart Petro Golf Course in Mishawaka.

A year ago, Ben used almost every second of light to break the goal of 525 holes. He finished at 527. He says shaving more time this year to get to 555 won't be easy, but he'll figure it out.

The event raised more than $55,000 in 2008, although funds are lower this year so far due to the economy.

There are plenty of ways to support the cause, and you can find out how by visiting http://www.regionalautismcenter.org/par_08.cfm.

In addition to making a donation, you can actually play at the same time as Ben to help support him. You can sign up to be a part of a scramble-style golf tournament on Saturday for $200 a group.

The event has grown tremendously over the years. There is even a "Par-Tee" at the end of the night to celebrate with food and beverage and a live band.

"It's the one thing I look forward to every year," Berger says. "You put forth a lot of effort and a lot of work, and knowing what you are doing and how much you are helping others, it's a good thing."

"It's something I'm proud of and something I hope my family is proud of."

You can also make a pledge by calling 574-289-4831.


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