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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Louie and Perry Santangelo waited patiently. Louie, 10, turned around, seeking some advice from his dad, Lou.

“What do I do,” Louie asked. 

After taking a deep breath and one last look around, Louie made his move.

“Mr. Rudolph,” he said, speaking to Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph. “Can I please have your autograph?”

The Santangelo family were just a few of the onlookers looking to score an autograph or two from the players at the Memorial Tournament pro-am Wednesday at Muirfield Village.

The Santangelo boys were on their own, with their father offering not only encouragement, but also teaching self-reliance.

“He doesn’t need dad for some of this stuff,” Lou said. “You can walk up and ask for things, but you ask for it politely.”

There was a lot of thought that went into Wednesday’s autograph hunt.

“I think last night, Louie was strategically planning where we were going to stand,” Lou said.

Louie’s bravery paid off — he did receive Rudolph’s autograph. But it also paid off for others; once Louie broke the ice, several other young autograph seekers approached Rudolph, also getting his autograph.

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