Friends prepare for longest golf day challenge

TEEING UP Neil Noble, Lee Rogers Pete Sawley and Jim Stewart. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131251-1)

TEEING UP Neil Noble, Lee Rogers Pete Sawley and Jim Stewart. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131251-1)

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SURVIVING cancer inspired Jim Stewart to take part in a gruelling golf challenge.

Jim, from Granada Close, Cowplain, was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus two years ago.

He is now in remission but wanted to give something back to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The 62-year-old and three friends – Neil Noble, Lee Rogers and Pete Sawley –will be taking part in the Macmillan Longest Golf Day Challenge on June 21.

Jim said: ‘I wanted to do something for the charity who helped me through a difficult time.

‘They helped me with my outlook about the treatment and I just kept thinking, have it or you will lose your life.

‘I decided to do the golf challenge because it’s something different but still fun.

‘I reckon it will be tough though.’

The golf challenge will see the men play four rounds of golf, adding up to to 16 hours on the green.

Jim thinks they will cover around 20 miles of the golf course.

He added: ‘We’re not terrible at golf but I think we will hit around 300 balls throughout the whole four rounds.

‘We all play it occasionally but this is something totally different just because of the duration factor.

‘But, it should be a fun day and the fact that we’re doing it for a charity close to my heart makes it even better. We want to raise as much money as possible but we haven’t set a target. I wouldn’t want it to take away from what we’ve raised if its not met.

‘But I think we will raise a good amount as friends, families and employees have been really supportive.’

James and his friends will be completing the challenge at Cams Hall Golf Club, Portchester Road, Fareham.

It is on the longest day of the year which should give the group a chance at completing it in daylight.

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