Playing golf for 16 hours was a real challenge

L-R: Matt Bone, Phil Bennett, Simon Hoyle   MacMillan Trust Golf Day  Amy Bodenham's partner Simon Hoyle and his friends Matt Bone and Phil Bennett will be taking part in a 72-hole golf tournament on July 27 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer. The guys are from Gosport and Portsmouth, but the event is taking place in Surrey.
L-R: Matt Bone, Phil Bennett, Simon Hoyle MacMillan Trust Golf Day Amy Bodenham's partner Simon Hoyle and his friends Matt Bone and Phil Bennett will be taking part in a 72-hole golf tournament on July 27 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer. The guys are from Gosport and Portsmouth, but the event is taking place in Surrey.

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When they decided to take on 72 holes of golf in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care, three good friends thought it would be straightforward.

But as the big day approached, Phil Bennett, Simon Hoyle and Matt Bone started to realise what they’d let themselves in for.

‘It began to dawn on us that this might end up being a bit tough,’ says 35-year-old Phil, director of Portsmouth-based IT and communications firm Easy Group.

‘And boy did we turn out to be right.’

The trio, who are from Portsmouth and Gosport, have all had family members affected by cancer and thought playing their favourite sport in the Longest Day Golf Challenge would be a perfect way to raise money.

So they embarked on a mission to play four rounds of golf in a single day at Surrey’s Hurtmore Golf Course.

This meant walking more than 20 miles and taking hundreds and hundreds of shots before they got to the end.

For 16 hours they ground away at their challenge, and even experienced golfer Phil felt shattered by the time it was over.

‘There were points where I thought about just agreeing to donate £3,000 myself so we could stop,’ he says.

‘It was absolutely awful at times and I’m only just starting to walk normally again now.

‘By the time we were finished, to say we were ready for a cold beer is an understatement.’

The charity golf tournament is hosted free by the course once a year, and allowed Phil and his team mates to collect almost £3,000 for Macmillan.

Easy Group employee Simon Hoyle says: ‘The generosity and support we’ve received has been amazing.

‘We chose this particular charity as all of us are affected by cancer in some way.

A close family member of Phil has recently been recovering from cancer, and Matt has sadly lost four close family members to cancer.

‘Our marketing director Lorraine, who supported us and helped to promote the event, has lost both parents to cancer and we are all well aware of the fantastic work that Macmillan does for patients and their families.’

Lorraine Lewis, marketing director of the Easy Group said: ‘The day went really well.

‘As you can imagine, the last nine holes were very challenging for our team, but they were greeted and supported by friends and family to cheer them back into the clubhouse.’

Anyone who would like to donate can visit //original.justgiving.com/longestdayhurtmore.