CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford senior and Campbell-bound Johnny Bush had an idea, implemented it, and gave back to the community in a huge way this past Monday.

Teeing off at 8 a.m., Bush played an incredible 108 holes (an amazing six rounds in a single day) over the next 11 ½ hours in the inaugural Shining Stars Network Golf-A-Thon at Shackamaxon Golf Club in Scotch Plains.

Bush, who has been a mentor and “buddy” for the Shining Stars special needs community for the past three years, will use all the donations garnered for the one-day event to benefit Shining Stars Network, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that shines the light on the special needs community through performing arts and sports initiatives.

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Donations were submitted for either a certain dollar amount per hole or a straight one-time dollar amount. For his efforts, Bush raised close to $20,000!

“My Uncle Joe (the head golf professional at Shackamaxon) and my dad, John, were out there with me all day, and then some of the families from Shining Stars came for the last few holes,” said Bush, who shot a match-leading 35 (over nine holes) the very next day to pace Cranford (5-2) in a 160-171 loss to Summit at Canoe Brook Country Club’s North Course in Summit.

Bush, who played from Shackamaxon’s blue tees (about 6,500 yards), shot a 1-under-par for the entire 108 holes, highlighted by a 4-under-par 66 on his second round of the event.

“It was a truly special day,” added Bush. 

A special day people won’t forget anytime soon. If you would still like to donate to Bush’s endeavor, see below for the following options:

* Paying by check: please make payable to Shining Stars Network, Inc.
* Please give all payments, cash or check to: Johnny Bush, c/o Shackamaxon Golf Club
* Donations are tax deductible at the maximum amount allowed by law
* Shining Stars Network: EIN # 81-3289256