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Spirit golfer Bunn plays on after losing good friend

By Michael Wetzel · 340-2462

For 20-year-old Brandon Bunn of Knoxville, death was something he saw all the time on television and at the movies, but he said when it happens to your best friend, it’s “shocking.”

Bunn lost his golfing partner and friend since the fourth grade when 19-year-old Charlie Holman fell from a third-floor balcony in downtown Knoxville on June 19.

Holman had registered to play in the 40th annual Daikin America Spirit of America tournament at Burningtree this week. Bunn has arrived in Decatur without his friend.

“We spent all day, every day playing golf the past three or four years,” said Bunn, sporting a black ribbon pinned to his hat in Holman’s memory.

“Our fathers knew each first, and they introduced us a long time ago. He’s the one who actually got me interested in golf. People never really understand the finality of death until it happens to someone close to them. It’s really shocking.”

The assistant principal where Holman went to high school, Farragut High School, is Mike Carroll.

He’s in Decatur this week following his son, Chase, in the Spirit tournament. He said Holman’s death “saddened the community.”

“He was a very popular young fellow,” Carroll said.

“It really shook up the community.”

Bunn, who shot a four-round total of 292 at the 2006 Spirit tournament, said he has dedicated his summer tournament play to his late friend.

“There’s not a day that goes by I don’t think about Charlie,” he said.

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