The Young Professionals Group of Flagler County sixth-annual Putt Crawl will be April 13.
Flagler Beach resident Chris Doyle will be thinking of his father when he takes his first putt-putt stroke at the Young Professionals Group of Flagler County sixth-annual Putt Crawl on Saturday, April 13.
The Doyle Family is one of the two primary sponsors of the event this year, donating $500 in memory of Charlie Doyle, Chris’ father, who attended every Putt Crawl through spring 2016, before he died at the end of 2016.
Chris Doyle said his dad enjoyed the golfing, drinks and the family reuniting every year around his birthday in April for the Putt Crawl.
In 2017 and 2018, Chris Doyle’s mother, Sylvia Doyle, carried on the tradition to attend the Putt Crawl, while wearing her late husband’s wedding band and U.S. Navy ring on a chain around her neck.
“My mom, she’s like, ‘You know what? Your father loved to do this. I have a good time. I’m still going to come up and do it,’” Chris Doyle recalled. “So, it became kind of this ‘in honor of my dad’ we’re going to get together and do the putt crawl.”
To honor him this year, the words “In memory of Charles Doyle” will be on the drink cups participants will use at each of the Putt Crawl locations. Chris Doyle said this will be quite the surprise for his mom.
“That’ll be kind of cool — knowing that everybody that is going to be participating will have in memory of my dad on all their cups,” Chris Doyle said.
The Putt Crawl was created as a fundraiser when YPG was asked to take over the Youth Leadership Flagler Program six years ago.
The first hole will be at Veterans Park, where registration is. The eight participating locations after that are: Break-Awayz, The Gold Lion Cafe, Finns Beachside Pub, Vessel Sandwich Co., the Flagler Beach Historical Museum, The Anchor, Whaam Burger and Tortugas Florida Kitchen and Bar.
“When we learned that the Doyle family was interested in using the Putt Crawl as a tribute to their father, it was very humbling to know someone’s family was affected in such a positive way from this event,” said Hallie Hydrick, the event coordinator and YPG’s Socials Committee chair.
Chris Doyle said what he enjoys most about the event is the opportunity to reunite with friends and family.
“The ability to walk around town, visit local establishments, play a little putt-putt, meet tons of people out having a good time — I’ve never lived in a place like this, in a town that has this much community to it,” he said. “And this is just one event that shows how cool the community is and how it comes together.”