Can­cer chal­lenge a fair­way to go

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

Sam For­ward and Dan Squire are very good golfers, but play­ing 100 holes in a day will stretch their abil­i­ties to the max­i­mum.

The Porirua teach­ers – Mr For­ward at Aotea Col­lege, Mr Squire at Porirua Col­lege – will tackle the Mar­rowthon 100 Hole Chal­lenge at the Wairakei In­ter­na­tional Golf Course in Taupo next month.

They will join a field of 40 rais­ing money for Leukaemia & Blood Can­cer New Zealand.

Mr For­ward has a per­sonal con­nec­tion to the chal­lenge, as he lives with chronic myeloid leukaemia.

He had to give up play­ing rugby, and re­lies on med­i­ca­tion to bat­tle the dis­ease.

The Mar­rowthon, which last year raised $155,000 to­wards re­search and pa­tient care and coun­selling, is on Oc­to­ber 12.

Mr For­ward and Mr Squire, mem­bers of Judge­ford Golf Club, took part in the in­au­gu­ral out­ing last year and found the men­tal part of the chal­lenge far more tax­ing than the phys­i­cal.

‘‘You’re start­ing at 7am and af­ter 36 holes last time we were do­ing well,’’ Mr For­ward re­calls.

‘‘But we re­alised we had to get a move on, it be­came like speed golf to get fin­ished.

‘‘It’s hard to stay fo­cused, but we got there and we’re look­ing for­ward to giv­ing it a crack again.

‘‘The course is long, the greens are light­ning fast, it’s tough.’’

The duo raised nearly $3500 last year and hope to reach $5000 this year.

To that end, they’re will­ing, in the spirit of the event, to get dressed up, adorn their golf cart with spon­sor­ship – what­ever it takes.

They hope lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als will rally be­hind the cause.

‘‘ Any­one who’s will­ing to get in­volved and back us, we’ll pro­mote you any way you want,’’ Mr Squire says.

The com­pet­i­tive cousins will go head-to-head in match­play over the 100 holes, to keep it in­ter­est­ing, with Mr For­ward look­ing to re­peat his win from last year.

He is a 9-hand­i­cap­per, to Squire’s 11, so it should be a tight con­test.

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