There are opportunities in our lives that we would never expect to happen to us. A simple putting contest with a two-time US Open Champion earlier this week was one of those moments for me.

PGA Tour legend Andy North made a surprise visit to the office on Wednesday afternoon. Not only did he give a great motivational speech about being your best self, but he also decided to participate in a very...very amateur putting contest. The best part? It was all for local charities in South Dakota.

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I never know what to expect when I come to work each day. My co-workers and I love to share ideas about how we can create relatable and entertaining content for the Sioux Empire. Our General Manager, Don Jacobs (Jake), had the idea of recording a putting contest to share online. The prize? The winner would decide which local charity in the Sioux Empire received a $1,000 donation. Originally, we thought it would be morning show hosts against one another...but he had a bigger idea. Knowing that Andy North was going to be leading a future meeting, Jake asked me to play against the PGA Tour  Champion.

For anyone who doesn't know, my fiancé Chris Gilman is a professional golfer. Jake thought it would be a friendly competition between golfers. The kicker was that I would be the one playing! I have never played a round of golf in my life. With the help of Coach Gilman, I diligently practiced my putting stroke. I'm a competitive person, so, of course, I wanted to win. But more importantly, I wanted to win for the kids.

If I won the putting contest, the money would go towards Cure Kids Cancer for the kiddos at the Sanford Children's Hospital. Andy was playing for the Sanford Health Foundation for the Children's Hospital. Two amazing organizations in the Sioux Falls area. But who would come out victorious? Well...I put up a good fight!

The contest was closer than I anticipated! To have a small competition against a decorated professional golfer like Andy North is an experience I'll never forget.

Thanks to Andy North for taking the time to speak to us and help a fantastic organization! Maybe we'll have a rematch at this year's Sanford International.

32 Things to Do in Sioux Falls This Summer That Are Absolutely Free!

Sure, there are tons of things to do in the Sioux Empire every summer, but if your entertainment budget is small (or zero), we have the solution - actually, we have lots of solutions.

Here is a list of family-friendly (and some, just adult-friendly) events happening this summer in the Sioux Falls area that you should check out. Oh, the best part, everything on this list is FREE.

Twelve South Dakota Places to Put on Your "Must Visit" List!

Make the most of summer in South Dakota and visit these spots that speak to why Sd is great!

A lot of them you might have visited, some you haven't for sure, and some are old favorites that maybe you haven't been to in a while. So, while there is still a little time or even one more weekend, and gas prices are down a bit - - try and make it to one of these great places.
What can be found in these 12 locations?

What can't? Camping, fishing swimming, kayaking, birdwatching, and tons of other great outdoors-type activities. Historical, educational exploration, hobby interests, kids activities, just plain old beautiful scenery, and- - to use an overused phrase- -lots more!

With all of that in mind, let's dive in!