Golf challenge is teed up
Friends take on Longest Day charity event for MacMillan
FOUR golfers are hoping to raise money for a leading cancer charity by playing 72 holes in 14 hours.
Paul Freeman, Liam Cross, Kevin Woodley and Tim Talbot, all current and former Chalfont St Giles villagers, are taking part the Longest Day Golf Club Challenge, which takes place this year on Sunday June 21.
A national event in support of MacMillan Cancer Support the challenge will be at Oakland Park Golf Club, Threehouseholds.
Mr Freeman, who used to live in the village, said: “Me and three local village guys decided that we wanted to do something for charity and we came across this event that Macmillan do.
“It’s kind of just building into something that we’re now a bit proud of.”
“Basically the day started as one of those things. I’ve always wanted to do some sort of event for raising money and cancer is one of those things everyone knows about and at the time my auntie was suffering from cancer.
“This was suggested and I play a bit of golf. It’s good fun, a bit of a challenge and worthy of a good cause.”
He added: “Kevin approached the golf club where he’s a member and just said, we’re thinking about doing this, would you be OK to support us?
“They were kind enough to turn around and say, we would be happy to support you, give you the rounds for free and help you raise as much money as you can. It’s really generous of them.”
But Mr Freeman admitted they are “four very different personalities,” and said: “That’s the fun of it. We’re all just friends so we’re just going to do it even if it means not talking to each other for the next few weeks.
“We’ve all put in so much effort. It’s something that we just wanted to push through together as a team.”
He added: “It’s one of those challenges when you first say to somebody they think it’s a bit of a laugh but when you say to golfers they say you’re bonkers.”
TEAM SPIRIT: Left is Kevin Woodley, with his daughter Amelia-Rose, in the middle front, Liam Cross, right, Tim Talbot and at the back, Paul Freeman