Golfers tee off for charity – 100 times in a day!

(l-r) David Bell, Lee Cornish, James Hawley, Billy McKenzie, Colin Grennan, Laurence Warren-West, Glynn Caterall, Dan Cornish and Jamie Turnbull.   Picture: Sarah Standing (160895-4150)
(l-r) David Bell, Lee Cornish, James Hawley, Billy McKenzie, Colin Grennan, Laurence Warren-West, Glynn Caterall, Dan Cornish and Jamie Turnbull. Picture: Sarah Standing (160895-4150)

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MOST golfers would be ready to put their clubs in the bag and head to the bar for a beer after 18 holes.

But this tenacious group of golfers still had another 82 holes to go yesterday.

The team of eight played golf from dawn to dusk as they completed 100 holes in one day.

Starting at 4.30am, the fundraisers fought off aching legs and tired arms to complete five-and-a-half rounds of golf at Rowlands Castle Golf Club, in Links Lane, Rowlands Castle.

The golfers have already raised more than £2,000 and are hoping to raise a total of £5,000 for The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.

James Hawley, 41, from Clanfield, gritted his teeth to complete the challenge.

Explaining how it began, he said: ‘There was a group of us having a social beer one night and we decided we wanted to do something for a local charity.

‘The captain here, Colin Grennan, has chosen his charity for the year as The Rowans.

‘A lot of us playing have had experience with The Rowans – our family and friends have unfortunately spent some time in there.

‘We decided to do a charity golf day and it started with three or four rounds.

‘Eventually we decided to do 100 holes. It’s a 30-mile walk.’

And, at 10am yesterday, he said: ‘We are 40 holes in and the legs are burning a little bit.

‘We are not scoring particularly well, but we are enjoying ourselves!’

The team took two 15-minute breaks during the day.

Jamie Turnbull, 39, who works in construction and lives in Rowlands Castle, said: ‘It’s tough!

‘I have always wanted to do something like this.

‘It’s a day off work and a good opportunity to raise money for charity. Normally I am pretty knackered after 36.’

David Bell, 56, a recruitment consultant from Horndean, said: ‘You don’t have a rest, you just have to keep going. I have had a few good shots, but lots of bad ones!’

The other fundraisers involved were Dan Cornish, Lee Cornish, Laurence Warren West, Glynn Catterall and Billy McKenzie.

They are still some way off the world record – an eye-watering 244 holes in 24 hours.