Fab four go for four rounds in one day

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A quartet of Waterlooville amateur golfers are undertaking a golfing marathon for charity.

Luke Jones, Jack Rose, Rian Smith and Adam Verne are attempting to play a staggering four rounds of golf in just one day as part of the Macmillan Longest Day to raise money for the cancer support charity.

The quartet will tee off at 5am and hope to be wearily tapping in on their 72nd hole at around 9pm on July 19.

And rather than a gentle stroll around one of the region’s flatter courses, they’ve decided to make it just a little bit harder by playing at Crookhorn’s Portsmouth Golf Club on Portsdown Hill, which is a serious test of the legs when it’s just one round – let alone four in succession.

Organiser Jones said: ‘I run a society among the lads and I saw the Macmillan Longest Day challenge advertised.

‘We thought it was a great cause and it just went from there.

‘We looked at various courses and it’s probably rather foolish of us but we wanted a proper challenge. We’re starting to think we should have gone for the easier option but it’s too late now.

‘The preparation is buying an electric trolley! I used to think they were for old men but it will hopefully ease the pain a bit.’

With the lads more than half way to their target of £1,500, they will join around 300 other teams around the country in bidding for a top-eight berth and a place in the final in Portugal.

But their main priority is to raise money and get round in one piece.

Jones said: ‘It is a competition but that’s not the point for us – although we will be trying to get the best score we can.

‘I’ve been directly affected by cancer in the past and it’s rare these days that someone isn’t, whether that is losing a friend or family member or having someone go through treatment.

‘So we’ll be doing our best to raise some money for a worthy cause and would love to hear from anyone who can help us on that.’

To make a donation or sponsor the intrepid foursome, visit justgiving.com/ljones27uk or telephone Jones on 07880 733588.