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Area man golfs 125 holes for a good cause

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An Adams County man spent the day golfing. There is nothing unusual about that except the 66-year-year-old retired teacher played 125 holes, walking them all.

When most people think of a day on the greens, they don't have in mind 125 holes.

"Well most of them thought it was a pretty crazy idea because it's a lot of golf in a very short day," said golfer Dale Reich.  

A day like that brings to mind something else.

"Exhaustion, a back ache, aching legs, a lot of frustration," said Jeff Wavrunek, the Adams County Library Director.  

But retired teacher Dale Reich is on a mission. He's received pledges for each of the 125 holes and the money is going to the Adams County Public Library. 

 "It is a very under funded library but it's very important to the Adams-Friendship community," said Reich. 

Library Director Jeff Wavrunek says the money from today's fundraiser could put one-hundred new books on the shelves.

"We will probably buy materials, books, for the shelf, and we'll put a nice little plaque on there 'donated by Dale or Dale collapsed on the golf course to provide this book,'" said Wavrunek.

This isn't the first time Reich has stepped out for a good cause. In 2006, Reich, who served in Vietnam, ran a mile in every county in Wisconsin as a tribute to those serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"That was my way of honoring them. I couldn't go oversees and help them so I did what I could back home,  said Reich.

Reich loves what he sees in the Adams-Friendship community

"There's a lot of reading going on around here, which as a teacher really makes me happy to see," said Reich.

He wants people who read the new books bought with his donation to be active and stay active

"This is a time when seniors are doing things people didn't expect them to be doing. If you stay in shape, you can do lots of different things," said Reich.

Reich started playing golf around 6 o'clock Monday morning and hoped to finish his 125th hole by sunset.

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