Gardner teen has chance to play ‘Round of a Lifetime’

A 17-year-old Gardner Edgerton High School student who was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition before birth and has undergone numerous surgeries and procedures had the opportunity Sunday to play on one of the country’s top golf courses.

Bryce Bolen, of Gardner, was recently selected by Round of a Lifetime, an organization which promotes heart health and enriches the lives of congenital heart patients by providing world-class golf experiences. Bolen is the organization’s 14th recipient.

On Sunday, Bolen, his father, Derek, and his brother, Riley, joined him in Kohler, Wis., to play on the Whistling Straits Golf Course, which previously hosted the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup. The course, officials said, is considered to be one of the most beautiful and challenging.

Though his condition presented challenges, Bolen grew up playing team sports. But during his teen years, his cardiologist suggested he try golf.

After giving it a try, Bolen soon learned he had a natural talent for the sport and quickly fell in love. Soon, he made the varsity golf team in his freshman and sophomore years and has continued to play.